Holidays & Sabbaticals to Cuba – In a Nutshell
Synonymous with vibrant music and salsa, crumbling architecture, vintage cars and stunning Caribbean beaches,
Cuba is a delightful whirlwind of colour and energy.
The country remains firmly rooted in its fascinating past and herein lies its unique charm. Wandering cobbled Unesco streets,
you’ll admire colourful colonial buildings and antique pharmacies; hear atmospheric live music around every corner, and wonder at signs decrying ‘Socialism or death!’
Yet things are slowly changing. New bars and boutique hotels continue to spring up and the paladar restaurants become more refined year on year.
It won’t stay like this forever. Time is of the essence so come now to experience its unique atmosphere.
How to Get to Cuba
Sailing into Cuba is possible, but most people arrive by air.
Direct flights from London tend to arrive in Havana, though there are charter flights to the smaller international airports.
Flight time is around 10 hours. There are no direct flights from the USA to Cuba however good connections from Canada and Europe.
There are hopper flights between the main tourist destinations, including Pinar del Rio, Varadero and Caya Largo, Santiago de Cuba and Camaguey.
Overland travel is recommended however, either self-drive or private transfers.
When & Weather – Cuba
The climate is tropical, with fairly stable temperatures. There’s a Dry Season from mid November-mid April and a
Rainy Season from late April to early November, but rains are short and sharp, and it’s generally sunny year round.
Temperature range between 19°C (26°F) and 25°C (30°F).
Who will Cuba Appeal To?
Culture vultures and beach lovers. The Unesco-listed cities, with their crumbling architecture are like stepping back in time.
In particular, it’s suited to:
- Active travellers
- Culture lovers
- Beach lovers
- Keen photographers
- Salsa Music and dance aficionados
- Solo travellers
Upscale accommodation in Cuba is mostly limited to Havana and a few beach resorts however new boutique offerings are appearing on the scene
as well as characterful countryside lodgings. Homestays in a Casa Particular are part of the real Cuban experience.
Off The Beaten Path
- The Gran Caverna de Santo Tomás is one of the largest cave formations in South America, with 29 miles of glittering stalactites and stalagmites, underground lakes and vast caverns.
- Relax on Cayo Jutias’s white sands and snorkel over its colourful reef.
- Explore Camagüey’s labyrinthine streets and hidden plazas; a Unesco site, it’s less-visited than Havana and Trinidad.
- Stay in casas particulares for a fascinating insight into family life.
- Cayo Levisa is postcard perfect: a 3km curve of white sand fringed by the Colorados Archipelago reef, with its black coral.
- Bike or hike the beautiful Viñales valley, with its rounded mogotes.
- Hike to El Yunque then swim in waterfall pools.
- There’s incredible diving along the Zapata peninsula; take a trip from Playa Larga – part of the Bahía de Cochinos (Bay of Pigs).
- Drive the spectacular south coast road, which runs between the azure sea and the forested Sierra Maestra mountains.
- There are 21 endemic bird species on the island, including the Cuban tody, Cuban grassquit and Cuban pygmy owl.
- Turtles lay their eggs on the wild, empty beaches of the Peninsula de Guanahacabibes.
- Visit the world’s largest flamingo colony in the Rio Maximo Wildlife Reserve.
- Hummingbirds flit through the lush Vinales valley.
Cuba Experiences you shouldn’t miss:
- Touring Havana in a vintage car.
- Admiring Trinidad’s cobbled streets and pastel-coloured colonial buildings.
- Visiting a tobacco plantation and smoking a fat cigar!
- Listening to live music wherever you go.
- Relaxing on white sands and snorkelling over colourful reefs.
- Visiting the Che Guevara Mausoleum in Santa Clara.
- Drinking a refreshing mojito in La Bodeguita del Medio in Old Havana, favoured haunt of Ernest Hemingway.
The coral reef habitat of Cuba’s turtle population of hawksbill, green and loggerhead species is under threat.
Opportunities exist with local NGO’s to help preserve Cuba’s marine biodiversity through conservation programmes.
Our experienced team will guide you through a number of ideas based on how you would like to experience Cuba.
Consider visiting Cuba in combination with Mexico, Belize, Guatemala or Nicaragua, all an easy hop away.
No matter how long you have to travel, we’ll guide you through the planning process to ensure a trip is carefully pieced
together to suit your interests, pace of travel and budget. Contact us to start planning a holiday or sabbatical to Cuba.