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Destination Inspiration

Take a step back in time into a vibrant, spellbinding world of years gone by; wander through picture perfect old quarters and colourful cobbled streets; feel the sizzling energy of Son and Rumba as they pound the streets with their alluring beats; and of course, take a ride in a vintage car that’s just far too cool. It can only be one place, and this year it’s on everyone’s lips as the hottest destination, 'one to get to before it’s too late'. Over to you Cuba!

Cuba Fast Facts

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Languages Spoken

The official language spoken in Cuba is Spanish, however the second most spoken language in Cuba is Haitian Creole.

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Currency

Name: Cuban Convertible Peso (you may also see Cuban Peso, but tourists only really use CUC)

Code: CUC

Symbol: CUC$

100CUC$ is approx £77

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Time Zone

Time Zone: UTC-05:00 and UTC-04:00

Top places to visit in Cuba

Cuba is a land of diversity. From the green hills and tobacco plantations of Viñales to its heavenly Caribbean beaches; the quaint alleys of Trinidad to the hustle and bustle of Havana and Santiago, Cuba has something for everyone and enough to keep visitors enchanted for a lifetime. There are so many incredible places to visit, but here are our top picks to start you off!
Havana
Havana
Cuba’s exhilarating capital, this vivacious city is bursting with soul, history and a culture like nowhere else. Musicians erupt on the streets, dilapidated buildings ooze with old world charm, and locals and visitors catch rides in the coolest cars on earth. As your gateway to Cuba, Havana hits you in the face as soon as you arrive and leaves an impression that lasts forever. Viva la Habana!
Viñales
Viñales
In total contrast to Cuba’s capital, Viñales is a laid back, lush green area of beautiful hills and old plantations, not forgetting a coast with some of the best diving on the island. See a more traditional side to Cuban life in this western province. Get off the beaten track on a bicycle ride through the valley, go hiking in the national park and try your luck as spotting some local sea turtles.
Trinidad
Trinidad
Catapult yourself back in time to the colonial gem of Trinidad! Now a UNESCO heritage town, it's amazingly photogenic. Wander through winding, cobbled streets, visit hidden old churches and stay in the onetime homes of the Spanish gentry who thrived on the local sugar industry. And let’s not forget, Trinidad is home to some of the best music salons on the island – so get your groove at the ready!
Santiago
Santiago de Cuba
Once a revolutionary hotbed, Santiago has long been known as a thriving melting pot. African-Caribbean influences are clear in the local culture, the July carnival is one of the biggest in the Caribbean and the intriguing Santeria Voodoo belief system is ever present. Santiago is also known as the birthplace of music such as Son and Salsa, so you’re sure to experience some explosive dance moves!

Cuba Fast Facts

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Beers

The typical cost of a domestic beer in Cuba is 1CUC$ (approx 77p) and imported beer isn't much more, at 2CUC$ (approx £1.55).

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Meals

The cost of a standard meal in Cuba is 5CUC$ on average (approx £3.80), but if you're looking for something a little nicer, a meal for 2 in a mid-range restaurant isn't much more - at 14.50CUC$ (approx £11.25).

Taxi Ride

Taxi's are super cheap around Cuba. The tarriff starts at 0.81CUC$ on average (approx 62p) and it's an extra 0.50CUC$ (approx 38p) for each km.

Transport

Local transport in Cuba is even lower in cost than a taxi, with a one-way ticket costing as little as 0.20CUC$ (approx 15p) and a monthly pass only costs 9CUC$ (£6.90).

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Hostels

Hostels in Cuba vary depending on the areas - in Havana a night costs 11.14CUC$ (approx £8.64), in Cienfuegos it costs about 7.90CUC$ (approx £6.13), in Santa Clara around 8.89CUC$ (about £6.90) and in Camaguey the average per night is 14.36CUC$ (approx £11.14).

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Hotels

Cuba has a range of accommodation to choose from, from budget to high end - it's between 50CUC$ and 100CUC$ (approx £38-£77) for a night in a mid-range hotel.

Getting There

With direct flights available from London and other European cities and Havana, the journey across the Atlantic is hassle free. Havana also connects to other destination is Latin America and Canada and so is a great place to stop off as part of a Round the World Trip. Search for flights to Cuba now or contact one of our Travel Experts for more information.
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Group adventures in Cuba

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Cuba Colonial | 15 days
• This is your chance to fall in love with Cuba - mixing beautiful beaches and local culture on this 2-week tour
• Experience the 'true' Cuba with homestays, trek mountains and walk in Che Guevara's footsteps
• Snorkel and swim at unspoiled beaches
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Biking Cuba | 8 days
• See Cuba's lush scenery, vibrant culture, and incredible beaches by bike
• Cycle the hills of the Guaniguanico and El Rosario mountain ranges and check out the views
• Swim in azure waters, dance to Cuban salsa music & enjoy a homestay meal
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Cuba Libre | 8 days
• Get off the beaten path with this week-long tour and discover the real Cuba
• Tour a tobacco plantation, snorkel crystal-clear waters full of colourful coral and search for the pirates
• Soak up culture in a homestay for a real 'live like a local' expeience

Accommodation in Cuba

Casas Particulares
Live it local at Casas Particulares
• Live like a local and experience the real day-to-day Cuba
• Since the 1990's, the Cuban government has allowed residents to rent affordable rooms in their houses to travellers
• Standard of a medium-class hotel with air con, laundry service and a terrace or garden
From £26pppn
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Be Live Experience Varadero
• Located in a quiet part of Varadero beach - just a stone's throw away from the beach
• Think lush, green gardens that perfectly contrast the turquoise blue of the sea and white sand beaches
• Work up a sweat in the gym, cool off in the pool or unwind with a massage
From £56pppn
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Melia Hotel Varadero
• From the rooms to the lobby, this beach hotel features zesty Caribbean flavours throughout
• Enjoy the ocean-view hydromassage pool, fine dining and plenty of tropcial cocktails
• Colourful rooms near the beach with air con and king size beds
From £97pppn
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Cuba Experiences

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Learn Spanish in Havana
• Learn Spanish in Havana and be prepared to fall in love with Cuba
• Choose from a standard course (20 lessons per week) or an intensive course (25 lessons per week) for 1 -4 weeks
• Your accommodation will be a homestay, plus add on Salsa dancing lessons too fr £35
1-4 weeks from £320
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Havana & Trinidad Experience
• Enjoy a homestay in Havana and a guided Local Havana walking tour to learn about culture and lifestyle
• Head to colonial and colourful Trinidad
• Cycle, Sail & Snorkel tour is included plus a one-hour salsa lesson
6 days from £474
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Viñales Escape
• Get a taste of local Cuban culture on this awesome homestay in the beautiful tobacco growing region of Vinales
• Opt for a finca walk or horse ride around the area
• Discover the Prehistoric Wall Painting and also head to Cueva del Indio for a boat ride
3 days from £210
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