Steeped in faded grandeur, Cuba, the Caribbean’s largest island, drips with history, culture, and a captivating mystique. Live music wafts through the cobbled squares in Havana’s World Heritage-listed Old Town, vintage cars still cruise the streets, and the beautiful old buildings of Cuba’s colonial cities evoke the feel of a country frozen in time.
As the largest island in the Caribbean and one of the world’s few remaining communist states, Cuba is the most-sought holiday destination when the concern is all about the experience. The first thing that you notice when you enter Cuba, be it Havana or Trinidad, is the sea of happy faces that greet you. It is almost unbelievable how locals go out of their way to help you, guide you, direct you, and when at some nightclub or bars at night, drinking with the Cuban people is an experience.
In Havana Vieja, lose yourself in the corridors that criss-cross through the city, and stop for a mojito or coffee in one of Havana´s celebrated open-air plazas. Colorful buildings and cozy cafes line the streets where you can pop in for a quick beverage while the locals go about their daily business. Parts of the city are undergoing a 35-year renovation project to highlight Havana´s gems and promote tourism to the Cuban capital.
Some of Cuba´s most poignant history can be remembered among these streets where the Spanish settled in the 16th century. Because of its coastal location, Havana served as an important trading post between the United States and Spain.
Cuba also exudes natural beauty. This vast island has more than 3,000 kilometers of coastline, much of it rimmed by dazzling beaches. Coral reefs glimmer in the turquoise waters, and Cuba’s lush countryside and sublime islands have played host to presidents, provided refuge to revolutionaries, and inspired writers from around the world, Hemingway among them. With all this history and beauty as well as superb diving and fishing, Cuba offers a depth and diversity few Caribbean islands can rival.
The high-end neighborhood of Siboney rests west of Havana on the golden coastline where private beaches and five-star amenities await. Due east of Havana lies Boca Ciega where kilometers of sandy beaches are within walking distance from charming Cuban villas. Both public and private beaches are available for families to enjoy, some requiring an access fee. The tropical weather of the Caribbean makes Cuba an ideal destination regardless of the time of year.
Vehicles that roam the streets of Havana date to the 1950s, providing a setting that feels like you are living in the Cuba from the past. Visit a car show in Havana or enjoy a taxi cab ride in a car from more than 60 years ago.
From bustling plazas where history abounds to tranquil beaches where the sun shines, Cuba offers a little bit of everything. Hop a jet ski or relax in a hammock as your Caribbean vacation unfolds before you.