Cuba is a destination that really has to be seen to be believed. A holiday to this iconic Caribbean nation will enthral most type of travellers. As soon as you step outside the airport and breathe in the unmistakable aroma of tropical fruits and ocean breeze, you’ll be itching to explore every nook and cranny of the island.
Cuba is well known for its vibrant atmosphere where salsa music plays from most open doorways and convertible 1950s car. Read on to find out about some of the attractions that this vibrant city has to offer.
Take a cruise though the colourful streets of Havana
Cuba could be considered the only place in the world where the cars driving past are almost always a showstopper. Due to the 1962 trade embargo imposed on Cuba from the United States, the streets are filled with the classic Chevrolets, Cadillacs and Dodges that were commonplace in the first half of the 20th century.
These vintage automobiles, known locally as Yank Tanks or “maquinas”, have become one of the most recognisable sights of Cuba. During your stay, you may want to take the opportunity to get behind the wheel of one of these vintage vehicles. There are a number of car hire facilities situated throughout Havana that rent out brightly coloured retro cars.
Discover the most perfectly preserved nature in the Caribbean
Approximately 8,300 square miles of this island nation is covered in tropical jungle habitat, The Cuban Moist Forests. The unspoiled natural landscape of these vast jungles has allowed an abundant selection of exotic flora and fauna to flourish and today the countryside of Cuba is considered to be one of the most biodiverse regions in the world.
Flocks of rare birds such as the Cuban Trogon, Frigate birds and Spoonbills and towering, swaying coconut trees are just a small part of what you may expect to find. Take a jungle trek to some fascinating historical sites such as Comandancia de la Plata, the rebel headquarters of Fidel Castro in the 1950s and Cayo Guillermo is said to be one of the finest areas for jungle hikes in Cuba.
The colourful mangroves and lush foliage of this forested area are a breathtaking sight to behold. Take a trek through this region if you want to get up close and personal with the wildlife that resides around the beautiful lagoons and tiny waterfalls of the rainforest, including the world’s smallest bird: the bee hummingbird.
Experience a one of a kind nightlife
Thanks to a lively cultural mix and the Cuban government’s dedication to funding the arts and the community, the city of Havana is renowned for its thriving nightlife and where the world famous cocktail the daiquiri was first created.
The island is extremely proud of its world famous rum, and most bars, restaurants and nightclubs offer an assortment of options that would astound even the most discerning connoisseur. The chic art deco district of Havana, famous for the faded, pastel coloured architecture and remnants of its elegant 1930s past, offers dancing and music into the early hours.
Or, if you’d prefer a relaxed evening of soaking up the sights and culture that Cuba has to offer, then simply enjoy some traditional, local cuisine at one of the many award winning local restaurants.
Visit Cayo Coco beach
Cayo Coco is believed to be one of the most impressively beautiful beaches in the whole of Cuba. This idyllic, tiny island in central Cuba provides you with long stretches of pristine white sand and secluded coves lined with swaying palm trees. This is the ultimate destination if you are in need of a truly relaxing getaway and a well-deserved break.
This serene islet served as the setting for the well-known Hemingway novel, The Old Man and The Sea. It’s easy to see why some of the most sought after hotels in Cuba are located here. Scuba diving and snorkelling are extremely popular in thanks to the warm, crystal clear waters and the rich abundance of exotic aquatic wildlife that make their home in the vibrant sea bed around the island.