Cuba

A beguiling country known for its crumbling grandeur, classic American cars, lush interior and beautiful beaches

Cuba is an exciting country to visit right now.  Revolution is being replaced by enterprise and creativity.  The landscape is stunning, the architecture beautiful and there are many fun activities to take part in when you are out there from salsa lessons to driving an American classic car. Highlights include:

  • Havana – a living time capsule of days gone by from Spanish colonial times to the enduring legacy of the revolution.  Think 1950’s classic cars, the famous mural of Che Guevara overlooking Revolution Square, colonial Spanish villas, impromptu bursts of music and evenings strolling along the esplanade.  
  • Between the Caribbean coast and Escambray mountains, Trinidad is a must see for any visitor to Cuba.  It is a UNESCO world heritage site with cobbled streets lined with pastel houses and beautiful plazas overlooked by historic buildings.  At night there is a vibrant and growing scene for Cuban food, music and dancing.
  • Now a protected biosphere, Las Terrazas was formerly a piece of scrubland chosen by Castro as an area to be reforested using terracing on hillsides.  Visit to chill, go birdwatching, cycle or even zip wire across the lake. You can also climb to the top of Taburete Mountain, former site of Che Guevera’s training sessions.
  • Home to tobacco plantations, natural springs, rivers and Mogotes (lime stone mountain outcrops that rise vertically out of the valley floor). Cycle and hike, tour the Santo Tomes cave system or visit one of the nearby almost deserted beaches.  
  • Known as the Pearl of the South, Cienfuegos was initially settled by French immigrants and to this day retains a number of French influenced colonial and neo-classical style buildings.  Situated on a large Caribbean bay you can reach some unspoilt beaches within a short drive.  
  • Cuba has literally hundreds of beaches.  Both on the mainland and on the tiny cayes situated offshore to the north of the island.   There is a range of accommodation from all inclusive resorts on mile long white beaches to smaller intimate hotels on the some of the cayes.  
  • Flying time: 10 hours 20 minutes
  • Time difference: -4 hours
  • Currency: Cuban Peso
  • Best time of year to travel: December to April

Ideas for a trip to Cuba

Here are some ideas for trips to Cuba all of which can be adapted for you and we are always happy to create a bespoke trip from scratch

Splendours of Cuba group tour

from £2345 per person
12 night group tour where you will take a ride in a classic American car & stroll around old Havana, dine at a privately run paladar in Trinidad, experience rural life in Las Terrazas and visit Che Guevara’s Museum. Stay in simple & good standard accommodation

One week all inclusive beach holiday

from £1395 per person
Stay in one of the Melia all inclusive beach resorts either on the mainland in Varardero or on Cayo Santa Maria. You can expect to find their usual high standards of quality and facilities, with many land and sea based activities to keep you busy, or you can just take life easy on the beach, in the excellent YHI Spa

A journey through Cuba

from £2495 pp low season
Traverse Cuba from west to east, passing through colonial towns, mountain scenery and verdant countryside. Along the way, learn about the Cuban revolution and its legacy, and soak up Afro-Cuban culture and music. Rewarding drives through the interior provide a rare glimpse into the everyday life of this unique destination.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions that haven't been answered here? Send your questions to enquiries@shearwatertravel.co.uk and we'll try our best to help.

If you’re entering Cuba as a tourist, you’ll need to get a tourist card before you travel.

For more information and advice about visas, contact the Cuban Embassy.

If you’re a dual national, you should contact the Cuban Embassy for advice on entry requirements before you travel.

Click here for more advice from the FCO on entry to Cuba

Ensure usual immunisations are up to date and visit NHS Fit for Travel pages for further advice 

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