Hola, and welcome to Cuba! As the largest island of the West Indies group, Cuba is only a short step from the Florida Keys. Leave the formal attire at home sun lovers and party lovers, as this is your haven. Located where the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and Atlantic Oceans all meet, is a magical and laidback nation flaunting a buoyant, sophisticated array of potential possibilities.
Spanish culture and Afro-Caribbean history coexist, among a backdrop of communist revolutionary history, colourful architectural and, a wide selection of famous retro-automobiles dating back to the 1950-60s. Although Cuba's charm has a time-warp appeal, it's fast modernising with new hotels, bars and restaurants.
From street parties to deserted beaches along the Isla de la Juventud, Cuba won't remain a less-visited country, though this is now changing. With so much culture, music, and history, there's a magic in the air that leaves a lasting impression.
Havana, Trinidad, and Camaguey are home to grandiose squares and cobble-stoned streets where a walk will tell erstwhile tales of opulence and intrigue. The smell of cigar smoke may float by, as the famous Cuban cigars are lit for special occasions, especially during February at the Habano Cigar Festival. The Santigo de Cuba Carnival, held annually in July, is one of the biggest and colourful festivals in Cuba closely followed by the Havana International Jazz Festival, where street corners come alive, and theatres showcase the best of jazz from around the world.
For a late-night out, Vedado is where Havana's entertainment heartbeats. Start with La Fabrica de Arte Cubano art space then sunset at La Chorrera before a bar for dinner where you are likely to see the rumba or mambo.
There is hiking through cultivated mountainsides and rural tobacco fields, to snorkelling with sharks, rays and colourful corals and fish. Cuba is on the hotlist with its relaxed and friendly people, culture, and astounding landscapes.
Travellers Tip: A change in entry-level visas has taken effect, allowing Cuba to become a more accessible location for your next holiday.
Cuba typically has a warm tropical climate with two distinct seasons. The most popular time to visit is from December to May, considered the dry season when days are usually sun-drenched and skies a clear blue. This is also peak season when accommodation and flights are at the highest and availability at the least. The wet season, also low season begins in June. Hurricanes and tropical storms may occur during this time; however, it is the best time for accommodation and airfare bargains, if you are prepared to dodge the occasional storm.