Visiting Cuba

One of the oldest countries in the Americas, Cuba boasts a fascinating history, diverse culture and great beaches, making it an increasingly popular destination for tourists worldwide. Cuba's 500-year history is riddled with upheaval and change. A Spanish territory from its discovery until the Spanish American War ended in 1898, the country was rocked again in the 1950s by the rise of Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution, the seminal point in Cuba's recent history. Landmarks throughout the country – from Old Havana's Museo de le Revolution, housed in the old Presidential Palace, to the massive Che Guevara Mausoleum in Santa Clara – attest to a nation of self-reinvention, revolution and occasional contradiction. Cuba is becoming increasingly tourist friendly, and with its hundreds of beaches and idyllic old towns like Trinidad, it's not hard to see why.... Read More One of the oldest countries in the Americas, Cuba boasts a fascinating history, diverse culture and great beaches, making it an increasingly popular destination for tourists worldwide. Cuba's 500-year history is riddled with upheaval and change. A Spanish territory from its discovery until the Spanish American War ended in 1898, the country was rocked again in the 1950s by the rise of Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution, the seminal point in Cuba's recent history. Landmarks throughout the country – from Old Havana's Museo de le Revolution, housed in the old Presidential Palace, to the massive Che Guevara Mausoleum in Santa Clara – attest to a nation of self-reinvention, revolution and occasional contradiction. Cuba is becoming increasingly tourist friendly, and with its hundreds of beaches and idyllic old towns like Trinidad, it's not hard to see why. Havana boasts nearby beaches like Santa Maria Beach and Playa del Este, while resort-bound travelers flock to Varadero and Caya Coco. Trinidad, a tiny gem of cobblestone streets and Spanish Colonial architecture, is home to Playa Ancon, possibly the best beach in the country. After you've booked a flight and found the right hotel, peruse our pages to create an itinerary inspired by fellow travelers who've had their share of tan lines and Cubana Café.    Close

Stories and Tips Cuba

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How NOT to get a Cuban visa extension

Written by PeaceLoveTravel on 23 Aug, 2012

For Europeans a Cuban visa will last 30 days with one extension possible while being in the country. My trip was planned for 6 weeks and remembering how easy it was to get visa extensions in Asia I did not really research it much. For…Read More


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Cuba on a budget

Written by PeaceLoveTravel on 22 Aug, 2012

Backpacking in the Caribbean is both gorgeous as well as costly. With flights being rather on the expensive side of things money saving while being in the country and still having fun turned into my main priority. Most of the things I list here are…Read More


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Things to do in Vinales

Written by PeaceLoveTravel on 22 Aug, 2012

HikingMountains are what people come for and the unusual karst mountains are well worth a look. Imagine Halong Bay in Vietnam with rice paddies and fields instead of the ocean. The huge boulders are dotted along the valley giving the whole area a slightly mysterious…Read More


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Beaches and Scuba diving in the middle of nowhere

Written by PeaceLoveTravel on 13 Aug, 2012

Maria La Gorda is literally in the middle of nowhere. You are closer to Mexico than Havana. This is as far away from everything as you can get in Cuba and due to the inaccessibility still off the beaten trek. The hotel is the most…Read More


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Sugar-Sweet Colonial Cuba

Written by Niiko on 27 Mar, 2010

Just as Havana looks, feels and smells like the epitome of "faded grandeur", the town of Trinidad, on the southern edge of Cuba's elongated finger, could well be the encyclopaedic entry for "colonial charm". Today part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the…Read More


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Costly Cuba; The Island on a Budget

Written by Niiko on 22 Feb, 2010

Thanks to the dual-currency (one for locals, one for tourists), Cuba is deceptively hard on the wallet. Wildly unlike other Latin American nations, basic services and rustic surrounds don’t equate to cheap living. If you are intent on getting the most out of Cuba, the…Read More


Cuban Crumble; Havana's Faded Charms

Written by Niiko on 09 Feb, 2010

Faded Grandeur could almost be trademarked by Havana, so consistently is the concept reflected throughout the city. In the well-worn Old Town and the peeling facades of the centre, this is an attraction in itself; a colonial heritage left to decay that has taken on…Read More


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Visit to Eastern Cuba

Written by airynfaerie on 17 Dec, 2009

Earlier in the year I traveled with a licensed, non-profit, humanitarian group that "strives to foster better awareness and understanding between the citizens (of Cuba & the US) through a relationship of mutual concern and respect, and to provide self-help projects...that relieve suffering, bring relief,…Read More


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Presenting, Havana

Written by mjulie555 on 14 Feb, 2008

As a graduation present I was able to go to Cuba, finally. Let me tell you right now that it was definitely a worthwhile trip!Make sure if you're flying in from Mexico to get to Havana that you have plenty of time between flights because…Read More


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Tacon

Written by MichaelJM on 03 May, 2007

At the back of Cathedral Square towards Havana’s promenade is Tacon, a permanent street market, that is well worth checking out. It’s not the biggest in the world, rather compact, but absolutely crammed with work of local artisans. Instinctively you know to hang on…Read More


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