Travel to Cuba is becoming increasingly popular and so
it is becoming harder to confirm our preferred accommodation
options. In order to offer the best chance of securing our
favourite hotels and casas, we strongly recommend planning your
holiday at least nine months in advance of travel. Should you wish
to get away with a little less notice then we suggest discussing
alternative destinations in Central or
America, or the Caribbean with our
As part of your tailor made itinerary Havana
is a must visit, in fact it's a destination worth a trip in its own
right, and our guides are excellent at bringing this already
vivacious place to life, which makes for a hugely memorable visit.
Wander down el Prado avenue, past Spanish colonial buildings with
paint that has been peeling for a couple of decades and the fine
18th century opera house, which stages both ballet and opera.
Havana is Cuba's historical hub, with museums and stunning
architecture aplenty. The UNESCO-sponsored Havana Vieja is a must -
explore the old city by horse and carriage and see the Capitolo
building, the Gran Teatro, the Plaza Cathedral and the Plaza de
Armas. Despite the constant reminders of the 1960 revolution -
namely in the crumbling plaster and peeling paint of the colonial
buildings - it is certainly a city on the up. Havana is also one of
the best places to learn two of Cuba's most sacred arts - cigars
and rum, and there are plenty of bars and cigar shops around that
make a suitable classroom.
In a country where the food is communistically bland, Original
Travel's Latin America team can also recommend and book the few
excellent restaurants, or a visit to a cigar factory - a cut and
dried 'must do'. Aside from the charismatic capital, beautiful
beaches frame the island, and there's history and culture aplenty
to be explore while in holiday in Cuba in towns such as the UNESCO
World Heritage Site of Trinidad.
Touring is easy, and mostly on good roads with bad sign posts.
On the south coast there is excellent snorkelling and diving, and
Original Travel can book a fishing trip so you can make like
Hemingway and go after bonefish, tarpon, trevalley, sailfish and
A couple hours west of Havana lies
Viñales, a fertile region famous for its tobacco (the education
continues) and bananas. The landscape is stunning and diverse, with
mogotes - otherwise known as steep, round hills - providing a stark
contrast to the flat landscape they sit on. Further contrasts lie
in the day to day life of the Viñales inhabitants. Old fashioned
farming methods are still in practice, with oxen and wooden carts
dotting the countryside. Los Jazmines is one of our favourite
hotels in the region, perched high on a hill all of the rooms have
fantastic views over the tobacco plantations.
Away from the countryside and onto the coast,
Cuba boasts stunning beaches and bays to rival any other
Caribbean island (in fact, Cuba is the largest of the Caribbean
islands), such as those of Varadero, Cayo las Brujas and the Island
of Cayo Largo.