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

    Havana

  • Time Difference

    GMT -4 hours

  • Best Time to Visit

    Dec-Apr

  • Currency

    US Dollars

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Choose from the cream of Cuba's finest hotels

  • 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.

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  • Iberostar Grand Packard Havana

    Overlooking the city’s photo-friendly Malecón seaside promenade, the Iberostar Grand Packard (formerly the Hotel Biscuit, a 50s hideaway of Marlon Brando) is the perfect home-base for exploring the rich culture of Cuba’s capital.

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  • Loma del Ángel Havana

    Check-in to this chocolate-box, two-bedroom boutique hotel, set in a stately centuries-old building, and enjoy a truly personalised, relaxed and intimate home-from-home experience.

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  • Paseo 206 Havana

    Light, chic and romantic, and one of Havana’s most elegant boutique hotels, tucked away on the city’s most famous street, this classic Cuban 1930s mansion’s fresh Italian fare is so scrumptious, it’s fast making a name for itself in the city’s restaurant scene.

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  • La Casona Trinidad

    One of our favourite spots in Trinidad, this upmarket working ranch is a real hidden gem, set between the village and Santa Rosa Valley, offering a laid-back, comfortable Cuban experience unlike any other.

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  • Angsana Cayo Santa Maria Cayo Santa Maria

    There’s really only one place to stay for a little luxury in Santa Maria, and this beachfront, adults-only paradise – set amidst a UNESCO ecological treasure trove – is it.

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  • Meliá San Carlos Cienfuegos

    This architectural gem in Cienfuegos’ historic heart, just metres from the main attractions, is an important part of Cuban heritage and boasts a stunning Roof Garden (long considered the city’s finest viewing point).

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  • Villa Secreta Viñales Valley

    Crowded resort-lounging not your thing? Well for an idyllic slice of Cuban life, you can’t beat Villa Secreta, a stunning one-bedroom ‘casa particular’ or private home, set in complete and utter seclusion, just over a mile from town.

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  • 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.

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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.

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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.