The biggest island in the Caribbean Sea and often referred to as the Pearl of the Antilles, Cuba is the new go-to holiday spot for foreigners. There is no lack of interesting, amazing places to explore in Cuba. It would be advisable to put together an itinerary to make sure that you see as much as possible.
Handy tips for planning your Holiday
- The best time to travel is between November and March and with the cooler climate will make your time here more enjoyable.
- The cost of Flight’s to Cuba remains the same throughout the year; Cuba has seen a rise in the luxury tourists’ market.
- As per the Cuban national laws, all tourists should have a return ticket. Upon landing, you should produce a travel health insurance card along with the visa that lasts for about thirty days. The duration of a visa can be extended on request. Also, you should take the recommended immunizations before traveling.
- Cuban citizens use two currencies which include the CUC or Peso Convertible. CUC is worth about 1USD and the other is MN or Moneda Nacional. The average price of tourist accommodation on this island is about 20 CUC.
- The city is safe for both adults and children as the Cuban police ensure that the crime rate is kept under control. The locals are very friendly and will answer tourist questions.
- You can hire a car or take a local bus for local sightseeing.
Places you must visit
- Known as the city of paradox, Havana is the capital of Cuba and is one of the most interesting places to visit in Cuba as the city is full of Spanish colonial architecture and also has a vibrant architectural mix.
- Take a tour of Old Havana and enjoy the fortified city while traveling in a vintage style car.
- Visit the Museum that features the history of rum making as well as a tasting room and liquor store. Street art can be easily spotted and enjoyed around any street corner. Other interesting places to visit to see art are Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza de Armas.
The Malecón (officially Avenida de Maceo) is a broad walk and seawall where you can enjoy long walks.
- If time allows then plan a visit to the town of Sagua La Grande.
Santiago de Cuba
- Santiago de Cuba is the second largest city in Cuba. It is also the cultural capital for architecture, music, literature, and politics.
- The Coffee plantations along the mountains are not to be missed.
Valle de Vinales
- Famous for tobacco plantations and cigar productions. An ideal location for cigar lovers. Experience the most exotic flavor of tobacco and learn to cobble a cigar.
- This is place is often mentioned as the hidden gem of Cuba where you would have breath-taking views while crossing hills and forests.
- It has many exclusive hiking spots for tourists like El Yunque.
- Known for its natural vegetation and enjoy organic food.
Camaguey and Central Cuba
- This place is unique in its own right with great nature- and a breeding colony of flamingos.
- You can try scuba diving at Cayo Coco and admire the beauty of the turquoise waters and coral reef.
- Is well known for its colonial old town and cobblestone streets and is surrounded by grand colonial buildings and you also can shop for souvenirs here.