Azure blue oceans, pressed salty sandwiches, and colourful retro avenues make Cuba a jewel of the Caribbean. There’s a certain slower pace of living here, and a crackling sense of community wholly unique to the country. With a rich history and wealth of things to do and see, it’s a country you simply need to visit. Book your tickets and experience a Cuba vacation for yourself.
Must-Know: Facts About Cuba
Cuba is the biggest island in the Caribbean. Located between the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas, it’s situated 145 km off of the United States. Like most Caribbean nations, Cuba experiences balmy tropical weather throughout the year. You may want to plan your trip to Cuba during the dry season—between November and April—before the rainy season picks up May through October.
Spanish is the official language, though it’s often a more casual version of Spanish than that found in Mexico and Spain. English is spoken as well, but it’s not as prevalent outside of popular areas. The people of the island are known for being friendly, and it’s not uncommon for locals to help visitors find their way around town.
Top Sights and Attractions
Pastel homes, 1950s American cars, and curls of cigar smoke are the postcard images representing Cuba well —especially in Old Havana. The popular area is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the country, and offers a paint wheel of hues as you walk down the streets. Look in awe at historic architecture like the 16th century Castillo del Morro fortress or the Catedral de San Cristobal on your way to quaint cafés on avenue corners.
During your all-inclusive Cuba vacation, check out El Nicho Waterfalls. Mind the ledges of the hills, as the waterfalls burst through the thick leafy trees and crash down on the boulders below. The water basins under the falls are cool to the touch and welcoming for visitors looking for a swim.
Next, loosen up your neck muscles and get ready to crane your head up to see a world of colours at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana. The museum holds a magnitude of Colonial and Contemporary Cuban art. Let your eyes feast on a plethora of towering murals and intricate landscapes.
Prefer the sight of rocks that seem to drip from the ceiling? Head underground at the Cave Saturno. Located in the popular area of Varadero, the cenote includes stairs down to a pool of water brimming with sea life. Once you’re done, you can always come up for air and check out the waves from up top. Be sure to visit in the afternoon as Varadero has some of the loveliest sunsets on the island.
Popular Activities and Things to Do
Between sultry beats and sandy strands, there’s a ton to do in Cuba. Dive into things with a visit to Cayo Santa Maria. The city contains what many consider the best beaches in the country. Nearly all types of commercial fishing are banned in Cuba, which allow for peaceful seas to swim and scuba dive.
Cayo Coco, an island just north of the mainland, is another popular area. The sugar white sands and shallow clear waters provide an ample setting for sunbathing and snorkeling.
If you’d rather see some swinging than swimming, head to the baseball fields of Havana. Follow the booming sounds of arguments about batters and lefties all the way to your seat. Baseball isn’t just king on the isle; it’s played with religious enthusiasm. Buy tickets to the mammoth Estadio Latinamericano. Located in the capital city of Havana, it’s one of the biggest stadiums in the country with 55,000 seats regularly filled with screaming fans. Another sound you’ll hear in Havana is the click of salsa shoes on the sidewalks. Nightclubs glow in the night, and offer a haven of live music and spicy foods.
Add some historical tours to your Cuba vacation with a visit to the city of Trinidad. The former sugar mill capital is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most visited neighborhoods in Cuba. Walk on the cobble stones through Plaza Mayor, the historic centre of town, and pop into La Parroquial Mayor Church as well as the Palacio Brunet (home to the Museo de Romantico).
It’s easy to fall in love with Cuba as you try out a range of island activities. However, you can take the simple route, too. With a pressed Cuban sandwich in one hand and a hot mug of regional coffee in the other, you’re well on your way to a grand island experience. Long lunches at street corner cafes are quintessential to the Cuban lifestyle.
Vacation on the Cheap
When you’re ready to add a few hours spent under palm trees to your life, book your all-inclusive vacation to Cuba with Expedia. We offer an abundance of room options throughout the country, so you can find the perfect hotel for your needs. Stay close to the water with an ocean view, or reserve a spot near the salsa music of downtown. With deals on Cuba vacation packages from Expedia, live like it’s the golden age of the 1950s with 1950s-low prices.