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Forever linked with cigars and Castro, Cuba holidays are more of a revelation than a revolution these days. The large Caribbean island enjoys a split personality between the glorious beach resorts of the Cays and the classic city life in Havana.
Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492 Cuba is a big island that is bursting with character. The socialist revolution of 1959 and sixty years of Castro's communist rule has trapped Cuba in a time warp, but that is an intentional freeze in time which makes the surroundings so interesting.
In Havana, in stark contrast to the preconceived image of grey, concrete communist blocks, you'll be welcomed with open arms into a vibrant, lively and fun city. Despite its strict rule, Cuba remains the heart and soul of Latin America. Step back in time and see the Spanish colonial architecture and classic American cars that lend a unique charm to this beautiful, enigmatic island.
Further down the coast you can become a pariah in paradise on one of the many phenomenal beach resorts. Some of the best are known as the Cays on the Jardine del Rey islands, which in English means the King's Gardens. The archipelago has only developed as a tourist destination in the last thirty years thanks to the construction of a 27km causeway which links the Cays to mainland Cuba.
Tropical beaches and phenomenal all-inclusive hotels help make Cayo Coco a lover's paradise.
This honeymoon hotspot is found among a group of islands known as the Cayos off the north coast of Cuba. The beaches hold a distinct Caribbean atmosphere with palm trees standing over the soft white sands that line the resort.
The area is surrounded by magnificent wildlife and tourists are invited to explore the environment. Scuba trips let you discover the beauty of the surrounding coral reef and tour operators take you into the forest of the Bagá Nature Park.
The setting of Hemmingway's Islands in the Stream, the serene beaches and stunning surroundings of Cayo Guillermo are the works of fiction brought to life.
A kitesurfing school and the Green Moray International Diving Centre let you make the most of the idyllic Caribbean Sea hugging the beaches.
Most of the evenings in this resort are comfortably calm but those in search for some excitement will want to check out the cave nightclub at La Cueva Del Jabali.
This resort is perfect for those in search of calm surroundings to forget about the hustle and bustle of everyday life back in the UK.
This resort island is a popular family destination that lies off the north coast of Cuba. Many of the all-inclusive hotels offer Kids Clubs while the beach has calm shallow waves which is perfect for paddling.
Cayo Santa Maria is home to the largest dolphinarium in Latin America giving kids and big kids the chance to swim with the friendly creatures.
This resort is also livelier than its brothers along the Jardines del Rey region. There is an inland town built especially for tourists with a number of shops, restaurants and fun night spots.
A peaceful resort that is ideal for you and your loved ones to do nothing but lie back and let go of the stress of everyday life.
Located on the northern shoreline of mainland Cuba, watch the sunrise over the warm Atlantic Ocean from the comfort of a hammock on Playa de Guardalavaca.
For genuine Cuban experiences, jump on a bus to discover the non-tourism towns and villages found nearby before heading back to your comfortable resort.
The fantastic all-inclusive accommodation will take good care of you while you enjoy your holiday in a sedated state of relaxation.
Cuba's most popular tourist destination. Millions flock to the capital city every year to enjoy the unique lifestyle that only Havana is home to.
Pastel buildings and classic American cars line the streets making you feel like you've wondered back into the 1950s. The country's history is proudly displayed around the city streets with monuments, museums and important buildings.
The city is bustling by day and livelier at night when the countless live music and dancing venues open there doors and tempt you inside with a Cuban rum cocktail. For something of a slower pace, paradise beaches are just outside the city too.
Holidays to Cuba reward visitors with that much sought after Caribbean climate. Temperatures in degrees Celsius in the country tend to stay in the early twenties in the winter and hover around the late twenties by summer.
Wet season may be something to note when planning your perfect beach holiday to Cuba. From June to October the rain can fall in short sporadic but heavy bursts throughout the days. June and September can see up to 13 days of rainfall a month, but the rest of the time will provide glorious sunshine.
Found in between Cayo Guillermo and Cayo Coco, this swamp like park is home to flamingos, tortoises and crocodiles but the dominant specie here is the Bagá tree. The 2-4 metre high plant grows edible fruit that has medicinal properties; it's a peaceful environment to feel at one with nature.
Packing in 32 kilometres of coastline, 2,470 acres of woodland and mangrove swamps, and 5 caves, Bahia is a great spot near Guardalavaca. Once you've hiked through all the wilderness, head back to civilisation at Hoguin that offers a great city centre full of shops and restaurants.
From the Cays, Varadero or Guardalavaca you can take daily boat trips to a myriad of fascinating islands. There are hundreds of shores to dock in along the north coast of Cuba but try to stop at Cayo Saetia where you'll see a safari of wild animals including zebras and antelopes.
Ever fancied swimming with dolphins? At Varadero's and Cayo Santa Maria's respective Dolphinairiums you'll get to climb in a pool and spend the day playing with the intelligent creatures. The instructors are on hand to photograph and video your experience with your new friends too.
The La Cuerva Del Jabali is a cave in the Cays that comes to life at night. It's a popular nightclub that plays live music and offers flowing drinks long into the morning. Transport to and from the club is included in the entry fee as well as the free bar.
Cuba's first 18-holer draws sporty types from far and wide. The par 72 course stretches about 3.5km along Varadero beach, with sea views either side. Along the way, you've got over 70 bunkers, multiple doglegs, and plenty of water hazards to deal with.