Cuba is famed the world over for its unique history – due to the Cold War, the country has been stuck in time since the 1960s, with remodelled vintage cars and limited internet access. However, with the recent relaxing of the US trade embargo, things look set to change quickly in Cuba, so don’t miss out on a chance to see its fabulous heritage. With beautiful weather, lively music, and gorgeous scenery, there’s plenty on offer when you book a visit with Cuba Holidays.
The home of some of the finest rum distilleries in the world, including Havana and Bacardi, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to sample an authentic cuba libré or mojito. Bartending is a trade in Cuba, so no matter where you go in the country you’ll have no trouble finding someone to ask about rums. The Havana Club Museum in the capital offers tours, showcasing the history of the Cuban rum trade, as well as containing a gift shop and a bar where you can enjoy a taste test of various Havana rums, while lining your stomach with delicious Cuban cuisine.
South of the island, Playa Larga is famous for being invaded by the US in 1961 during a Revolutionary battle. Nowadays, it’s one of many stunning Caribbean beaches, with stretches of white sand and crystal clear waters. Fans of watersports and swimming will love a visit here, with a scuba diving centre on site too, so you can swim amongst the corals and fish in the pleasantly warm water.
Ciénaga de Zapata
This little pocket of the island is as close as you’ll come to true wilderness. This swamp is the largest of the Caribbean’s wetlands and is protected as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve due to the endangered and rare wildlife. Essentially a chance to bring a jungle documentary to life, you can see bee hummingbirds flying above, various rare frogs hopping about on the waters, and it’s a great place to sight some endangered (leaping!) Cuban crocodiles.
Cuba’s beautiful national park is an absolute must-visit for cyclists, with flat roadways between mountains offering stunning views for an afternoon cycle. If a two-wheel drive isn’t your cup of tea, there’s plenty else on offer. Due to relaxed trail restrictions, there are innumerable routes around and across the park, allowing you to hike where and how you please – though much of the land is still used for agriculture, so be careful. With the famous mogotes rounded hills, there’s also lots for climbers and cavers to see and do, with local teachers offering tours.