Synonymous with Montecristos and mojitos, Castro and classic cars, the Caribbean’s largest and possibly most enigmatic island, just south of Miami, is enjoying it’s moment in the sun – and rightfully so.

"Classic 50s cars set against crumbling Spanish colonial facades... miles of gorgeous coastline and the most pristine coral reefs... lively street-side musicians and marvellous mojitos... This proud nation holds on tight to what makes it so special."

Of course no trip to Cuba would be complete without a visit to the intoxicating capital of Havana, brimming with character, artisanal hotspots, the best of the island’s nightlife, an ever-evolving café and culinary scene and numerous Hemingway haunts.

But when you’re done exploring the city, head to vibrant Varadero which, while lacking somewhat in Cuban culture, offers a cornucopia of natural pursuits at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, a festive night-time scene, one of the island’s two golf courses, and a host of year-round watersports.

What you need to know

  • Capital City


  • Time Difference

    GMT -5 hours

  • Best Time to Visit


  • Currency

    US Dollars



Choose from the cream of Cuba's finest hotels

  • Paradisus Princesa del Mar Resort & Spa Varadero

    Get a little bit more from your adults-only, all-suite resort at this dreamy eco-resort set in 30 acres of gardens and fountains, right on the beach in a spectacular part of Varadero.

    Call us on 01244 567 000 to start planning your next holiday.

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  • Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa Varadero

    For a sprawling, ultra-inclusive Meliá Cuba resort, with no less than 40 buildings spread over 1.1 million square feet of beautifully-tended grounds, Paradisus Varadero sure manages to exude a lovely air of tranquillity.

    Call us on 01244 567 000 to start planning your next holiday.

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  • Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Haban Havana

    One of the most beloved buildings in the historic heart of UNESCO-crowned Old Havana, and on the best street in the entire city, Kempinski have taken the storied Manzana de Gómez building – once Cuba’s first European-style shopping arcade – and turned it into an absolute showstopper of a hotel.

    Call us on 01244 567 000 to start planning your next holiday.

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Inside Knowledge

Creating special moments

  1. Culinary Havana

    Culinary Havana

    Havana has no shortage of paladares (privately owned restaurants), many of which bring a thoroughly modern twist to traditional flavours. Our favourite? La Guardia, an exceptional paladar that embodies Havana’s glamour, both old and new.

  2. Tobacco Country

    Tobacco Country

    The Viñales Valley is a great spot for horse-riding along dirt roads, past rows of tobacco plants, farmhouses and secaderos; and – smoker or not – a tobacco plantation and cigar factory tour give great insight into Cuba’s history and culture.

  3. Rhythm, Relaxation & Rum!

    Rhythm, Relaxation & Rum!

    A small, seductive isle connected to Cuba’s northern coast, the tiny charming island paradise of Cayo Santa Maria is home to eight miles of glorious white-sand beaches; shallow, clear waters; stunning natural scenery; and an abundance of diverse wildlife.