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Cuba Holidays

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.

Suspended in time

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.

Quick Tips

Havana
11 million
Roman Catholic
Spanish
Peso
GMT -5

Beaches, jungles and swamps

While Havana does have some relaxing beaches very close to the city, it is just about the only resort in Cuba that doesn't promise sand and sea on your doorstep.

The rest of the resorts featured on Holiday Hypermarket present a splendid array of Caribbean beaches blessed with a tropical climate and quiet environments. Many of the resorts are home to luxurious all-inclusive hotels which face right out onto the ocean.

Adventures inland will allow you to explore the natural terrain of Cuba. Forests, jungles or even swamps are never too far from your resort and the intriguing wildlife within is sure to entertain.

Cuban nights

Nowhere on the island can compete with the amount of excitement offered in Havana come nightfall. The capital city is filled with a countless amount of venues that play live Cuban music, luring you in to enjoy a rum cocktail. The cafes let you chill in the evening and the discos let you shake it into the early hours of the morning.

The beach resorts present a quieter fare with most of the entertainment coming from hotels and beachside bars; just the relaxing environment you want to accompany your laidback break. Those staying in the Cays will want to check out La Cueva Del Jabali, a cave turned nightclub.

Spices and rum

Cuban cuisine is simple, but tasty, and often spicy. Expect to see a lot of rice and beans. In the cities, fast foods are sold from windows, stands, baskets and even wheelbarrows. The smell of Cuban pizza mixes with that of peanuts and fresh fruit. If you're feeling peckish, chow down on some sugary churros – they're a favourite with locals.

Nicknamed "Rum Island", you can probably guess what Cuba is famous for. Local drinks are made with Havana Club Rum which is great news for British holidaymakers as Havana is a premium spirit back home.

Local markets

Cuba is not renowned for its shopping facilities but you'll definitely want to leave room in your suitcase for Cuban keepsakes. Stores tempt you in by selling Cuban cigars but be careful when purchasing from street vendors as they can often be fake.

In the majority of resorts you'll come across street markets which are very popular with locals and tourists alike. Locals go for the home grown produce of exotic fruit while visitors enjoy purchasing handmade ornaments or artwork.

Getting there

Flying into one of Cuba's many airports from the UK will take approximately ten hours but transfer times once you land are forgivingly short. Most journeys to your resort from an airport takes around thirty minutes with Guardalavaca being the only exception, taking one hour.

Once you've arrived in your chosen Cuban resort, holiday necessities are often conveniently within walking distance negating the need for a car hire. If you would like to explore further, taxis are usually cheap and taking a public bus service is cheap and enjoyable too.

Tour operators are always on hand too to take you to all of the major sights that may be surrounding your resort.

Where to stay in Cuba

Location

Monthly Temperature

January
31°C
February
31°C
March
30°C
April
31°C
May
32°C
June
34°C
July
34°C
August
34°C
September
34°C
October
33°C
November
32°C
December
31°C

Best time of year to visit

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.

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