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.