Choose Cuba for a sun-kissed family adventure
With an average flight time of around 10 hours there’ll be just enough time for a couple of the kids’ favourite films and a quick nap before beginning your Cuba adventure.
June temperatures sizzle at around 27°C with January temperatures around 21°C, ensuring whatever time of year you go you’ll be able to enjoy the beach life with natural playgrounds of white sands and warm waters. The capital Havana is well worth a day trip with a host of historic monuments, iconic sites and the famous 1950’s cars providing numerous backdrops for album-worthy family snaps.
The resort of Varadero is a popular family choice and it’s not just the beach that attracts holidaymakers. Situated on the Hicacos peninsula, Varadero is Cuba’s largest resort and boasts a selection of fantastic family hotels. The vibrant town is a delight to explore for those in search of a souvenir or trinket from their trip and the coastline is dotted with coral reefs, hidden cafes and watersports options.
The best family friendly beaches
Cuba holidays are all about the beaches and there are many family-friendly options to choose from with pristine sand, shallow waters and a variety of opportunities for snorkelling, diving and underwater exploration.
Varadero, with its 20-kilometre stretch of sands is one of the best and offers an ideal spot for families due to shallow bathing and beachfront cafes. With eight marinas, numerous watersports centres with pedalos and kayaks for hire, there’s plenty to entertain all ages.
Best family activities in Cuba
Beaches aside, the list of things to do in Cuba is sure to keep the children entertained. Todo En Uno is a fun amusement park with rides for all ages including bumper cars, rollercoasters and more. The park also incorporates a small shopping mall with a bowling alley, arcade games and pizzeria.
For a cultural day out head to Varadero’s museum, Museo Municipal De Varadero, to learn more about the island through a range of displays and exhibits. Beautiful Josone Park is another one of Varadero’s top family attractions. Established in 1940 this pretty, well-maintained park has a swimming pool, kids’ playground, bowling alley and mini-golf course, as well as boasting some lush tropical vegetation and colourful birds. There’s also a boating lake with pedalos for hire and selection of bars and restaurants.
Or for a cultural afternoon and chance to cool off, head to The Galeria Espacio 34. This museum and art gallery has a fine collection of paintings, photographs and sculptures, plus admission is free. While families in search of Cuba’s natural treasures may want to check out Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, a stretch of protected forest popular with hikers. Highlights include the Patriarca – a giant cactus thought to be more than 500 years old – and the Cueva de Ambrosio, a cave decorated with ancient pictographs.
Other popular holidays in the Caribbean
Caribbean family holidays aren’t just to be found in Cuba. There are many diverse islands to explore including the Dominican Republic with its great beaches and affordable hotels, St Lucia with its rainforest trails and exotic sea life or Barbados, which is brimming with tropical charm.
However, if Cuba has captured your family’s hearts check out our travel guide and to get you started here are our favourite family-friendly hotels in Cuba.