The Cuban revolution of the 1950’s and subsequent embargo by the US led to the largest of the Caribbean islands being frozen in time for over 40 years. Today, the historic architecture and vintage cars are a symbol of resilience; whilst the passionate culture of salsa, cigars and exotic cocktails – not to mention the gorgeous white-sand beaches - make Cuba an absolute must-visit destination.
Wandering the streets of the Cuban capital, Havana, will lead you on a journey that will delight your senses. Admire colonial buildings. Dance to the musical beat of guitar and drums. Sip a fresh mint mojito. It won’t be long before Havana works its charm on you.
If you want to try and comprehend some of the most important events of the Cuban revolution, visit the city of Santiago de Cuba, where every street corner has a story to tell. In this contrasting city, Cuba’s musical passion fills the streets and you can immerse yourself in a contagious carnival atmosphere every July.
Swaying palm trees dominate Cuba’s coastline and hold the key to some of the most beautiful beaches in Havana. Live like royalty by sunbathing on popular beaches such as Varadero and Cayo Saetia, which were, until recently, restricted for private use by high ranking communist officials. As well as these golden paradises, you will also be able to discover quieter paradises elsewhere on the island such as those at Baracoa, in the east.
Since relationships between Cuba and the US have started to thaw, the island has now been opened up to cruise ships. The smaller ones can dock right in the heart of Havana to experience the fantastic culture and the warmth of the people.
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