Beaches and National Parks
One of the great things about Cuba is its opportunity not just for enthralling culture but a chance to soak up gloriously relaxed vibes on its stunning beaches. In fact, there’s pretty much a beach for anything you want from snorkelling to seafood restaurants, to those looking for a party vibe where drinking a fresh coconut topped up with rum is very much encouraged.
To get out into Cuba’s nature visit a national park – there are ten to explore which offer hikes through tropical forests, swims in waterfalls and caves flitting with bats. For something that combines both beach and wildlife head to Jardines de la Reina, a marine reserve and Cuba’s second largest archipelago which is becoming known for its excellent diving.
Music and Cigars
Wherever you go in Cuba, music will accompany you from roof-down cars, open windows and hidden bars. Salsa forms the backbone of many a melody, often with spontaneous Spanish singing. Evenings see cities like Havana and Trinidad come to life with live bands, atmospheric jazz singers and two-stepping dancers performing an impromptu Cuban rumba, best enjoyed in a smoky bar with a Mojito nearby.
And talking of smoke, the cigar plays an important part of Cuban culture. Tobacco is a one of Cuba’s main exports and prized cigars can be bought from thermidors on every street corner. For a more in-depth look at this cultural pastime head to Vinales, a rural heartland in west Cuba where wild orchids blossom and the lofty Sierra de los Organos mountains preside. Visit a tobacco farm, learn how to roll a cigar from dried leaves and take it home, a sweet-smelling reminder of your Cuban adventure.
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Traditionally a Real Holidays favourite, Cuba exploded with US tourism five years ago.
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