Long haul winter getaways – Cuba

It’s our last long haul winter sun blog post for 2013 and what better destination to write it on than the effervescent island of Cuba!

Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean and has a personality to match! Another beacon of Caribbean culture and vibrancy, Cuba emanates both beauty and energy.  The explorer Christopher Columbus is rumoured to have described Cuba as ‘the most beautiful land that human eyes have ever seen’.

Cuba is steeped in both history and incredible natural beauty. This is reflected in the fact that Cuba proudly features 9 UNESCO World Heritage sites which include Old Havana, Viñales Valley and the Alejandro de Humboldt National Park. Cuba is also home to the smallest frog in the world (12mm long) and the tiniest bird in the world (63mm). There are plenty of things to see and do, such as sampling the world-renowned Cuban cigar and touring a factory to see how they’re made. There are plenty of water sports available, such as snorkeling, scuba diving and swimming with dolphins. Cuba is one of only a few countries in the Caribbean that doesn’t allow boat traffic through the area, which means that your snorkeling or diving won’t be disturbed and you can venture out further to really explore Cuba’s underwater delights.cuba sunset

Cuba’s beaches are well-known for their unique variations in tone and hue; they range from sparkling white to glittering gold, to even hints of dark black. Varadero beach is one of the most popular on the island; it is extremely beautiful and tourists flock there to experience the picture perfect setting and fantastic array of activities and amenities that are on offer. For those who like their beaches a little quieter but nonetheless beautiful, we’d recommend Playa Ancón. It is close to the colonial town of Trinidad and is perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving. Bahía de Baracoa in Baracoa is a beautiful beach for anyone who fancies a slight change of scenery; the sand carries dark hues and is fringed with lush jungle.

Havana.View of the old city through bay from Morro's fortress.

Cuba has many popular areas in which to stay. Varadero, home to the exquisitely beautiful aforementioned Varadero beach, is a tourist favourite and has lots of resort hotels to stay in along with plenty of bars, clubs and activities. It’s also within reasonable travelling distance to Havana, Cuba’s capital of culture, shopping and entertainment. Cayao Coco and Baracoa are also popular destinations.




Where to stay:

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Paradisus Varadero – Varadero

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Los Frailes Boutique – Havana


*Prices based on 2 adults sharing for one night 18/01/2014. Prices correct when checked on 18/12/13.

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