If you are deciding to travel to Cuba, especially for your first visit, you may be wondering what to see and do in Cuba whilst you are there. Cuba has the most warm and friendly welcome, the locals are friendly and generous and as Cuban’s are passionate about music, they make plenty of time for socialising and love to get to know people from other countries of whom some become lifelong friends, as in our case, we have Cuban friends we regard as our extended family. During the summer months, many of the towns have carnivals of which you are more than welcome to visit, we have been to Banes Carnival in September 2012 and it was a fantastic experience and a wonderful way to spend a day and evening out with good friends.
During the evening there are no shortage of bars in the bigger towns and cities and the All Inclusive Hotels also have an array of bars for guests to socialise in.
In the Cayo Islands where there are no shops or public bars, the main attraction is the miles of pristine white soft sand beaches with the warm clear ocean lapping gently on the shore. The unspoilt beaches and shallow waters are ideal for families and there are so many water sports to enjoy. The emphasis is on peace and tranquillity and you can completely relax in the perfect surroundings under the shade of whispering palms. There are plenty of other activities on the Cayo Islands, such as sailing, cycling, fishing, snorkelling and with a 10km stretch of coral reef if you enjoy scuba diving this may well be the destination you seek. To Cayo Coco, the transfer is approximately 20-45 minutes depending which hotel you are staying at, to Cayo Guillermo the transfer is approximately 45 minutes and to Cayo Santa Maria the transfer is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes.
In the Holguin Province, there are two main areas to stay, Guardalavaca and Playa Pesquero.
In Guardalavaca the main beach is Esmerelda Beach with it’s stunningly beautiful crystal clear turquoise waters and vast white sand beach, with the coral reef just off shore for you to explore. Here there is the Naranjo National Park with it’s aquarium dolphinarium which is accessed by boat, the dolphins that you can swim with are in the sea. There are bars and cafes that line the white sands where if you want to venture away from your Hotel surroundings for a while, you can take an evening stroll and enjoy a drink or the fabulouos Cuban coffee. Transfer from Holguin Airport is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes.
Playa Pesquero is said to be the area whereby Christopher Columbus first set foot on Cuban soil. Playa Pesquero bay is in a horseshoe shape and is therefore protected with crystal clear turquoise blue ocean and the fantastic soft white sand you can spend many a relaxing hour upon. Hotels are located directly on the beach at Playa Pesquero and most activities are hotel based as there are no bars or cafes to walk to, or you can get a horse and carriage to a local bar or small town nearby. Transfer time from Holguin Airport is approximately 1 hour.
Holguin itself is approximately 40 minutes by Taxi, here you can explore the numerous squares with different shops, cafes and bars and is a really pleasant City, there is also a cigar factory here for you to purchase the world famous Cuban cigars if you so wish or visit Loma de la Cruz (Hill of the Cross) for spectacular views of the City of Holguin.
If you could ever have a commercialised Cuba, Varadero would be it. Varadero is on a narrow penninsula with long white sandy beaches stretching as far as the eye can see, an established resort with all forms of entertainment coming in large quantities and it has a very different feel to other areas of Cuba. One of the main attractions is the dolphinarium which is in an inlet and in the Hotel area of Varadero. There is also Varadero Golf Course which you can visit for a game of Golf. Regarding nightlife, there are beach bars where you can sip a cocktail whilst watching the sunset or for more active guests, there are shows and plenty of nightclubs. Transfer time from Varadero Airport is approximately 20 minutes.
Havana is a unique City which is rich in history, culture and Spanish colonial architecture. Here you can watch cigars being made at the Cigar Factory and you can walk in the footsteps of the iconic Che Guevara. Old Havana is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with cobbled streets and beautifully decorated churches laden with gold. Why not visit La Bodeguita del Medio, a favourite watering hole of Ernest Hemmingway. New Havana‘s landmark is Revolution Square which is one of the largest squares in the World, you can walk on it yourself but do not drive a car on it, it is against the Law in Cuba. You can also see the World Famous Tropicana Club in New Havana
We have a dedicated page for Cuba Excursions that are available to book whilst you are enjoying your holiday, so if you are looking for a little more detail then please visit our Cuba Excursions page. All excursions are bookable locally in resort.
If you have not already booked with us, have a look at the Hotels we offer on our Cuba Hotels page and the deals we have available with prices checked daily on our Cuba Holiday Offers page and give us a call on 0800 810 8959 to enjoy the holiday of a lifetime!