Havana and Varadero: Culture and Relaxation

Posted by Jeremy John on 20-01-2020 02:22:33

Embrace Cuba's cultural richness before relaxing on the white sandy beach. Combine the bright and brilliant city of Havana with a dreamy beach destination such as Varadero. Still not sure? Here is some more detailed information to put you in the picture.

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The best Cuba holiday destinations for thrill-seekers and nature lovers - adventure travel at its purest

Posted by Susana Corona on 07-10-2019 02:45:03

If you’ve got a thirst for adventure and excitement, Cuba is one exceptional Caribbean destination that can deliver in so many ways. Here we introduce you to some of the best Cuba holiday destinations for adventure and nature lovers, whether you’re a fan of hiking, cycling, trekking, mountain climbing, birdwatching or just being surrounded by the purest of Mother Nature, this is the blog you need to read!

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Why stay in a casa particular? Top reasons to choose private B&B accommodation in Cuba

Posted by Susana Corona on 21-08-2019 12:13:33

Why stay in a casa particular instead of a hotel? Why should you choose this type of accommodation in Cuba? Are casas particulares better than hotels or beach resorts? Will they add to the Cuban experience in a way that hotels can’t compare to? In this blog post, we give you the top 15 reasons to favour a casa particular over a hotel while throwing in the cases where a hotel or beach resort might be the better option.

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Why a group tour at all? Why a Cuba tour can add depth, meaning and colour to your holiday

Posted by Susana Corona on 13-08-2019 01:53:25

Why should you consider going on a group tour at all? Is it really worth it? Will it really enhance your travel experience in ways independent travel can’t? We answer these and many more questions regarding group tours in Cuba (or anywhere in the world) in this blog piece. Click on to read more!

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Beyond the Beaches, What’s There to See in Cuba?

Posted by Carlotta Elena on 09-08-2019 05:45:45

Close your eyes for a second, I want you to focus on one word: Cuba… What were the first images that came to mind? A tropical destination? White sands and crystal blue seas, perhaps? You might even have travelled slightly further down the list of Cuba trigger words and landed at ‘cigars’ and ‘mojitos’. But in all honesty, was there much to separate Cuba from any other sunny destination? Or, if you fancy the Caribbean, is there really much difference between each island?

Well, we’re here to tell you that yes, there is! Read on to find out the top 5 reasons why Cuba is so much more than just your average sun and beach destination.

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Tags: cuba travel tips, travel ideas

Escape the All-Inclusive! – The 5 Best Day Trips from Varadero

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 31-07-2019 03:15:08

All-inclusive beach resorts seem like the perfect plan for a holiday. Varadero, the most coveted beach destination in Cuba, ticks all the boxes: amazing beach, white-powdery sand, and perfect weather all year long. But, trust us, after four to five days of an all-inclusive buffet, after seeing the same people lying under the umbrellas at the beach, and after saying “Hi” to the same folks in the hotel lift, you’ll be screaming for a day break like… now!

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Tags: varadero, things to do in cuba, travel ideas, day trips

Carlotta's Guide - Top Things To Do in Trinidad

Posted by Carlotta Elena on 19-07-2019 02:00:00

There is no denying that here at Cuba DirectTM we're all Cuba enthusiasts, and we're lucky to have members on our team from all over the island who can tell us about their favourite cities, towns and excursions. Carlotta, our London-born but now Havana-based representative, made it to Trinidad last month and is keen on sharing some of her top places to visit and things to do in Trinidad. If you have any interest in visiting the beautiful island of Cuba or perhaps have been before and are eager to return and try something new, keep reading to find Carlotta's top picks for excursions, food and nightlife.

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Tags: trinidad, travel ideas, things to do in Cuba

Unmissable Drinks & Dishes in Cuba

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 28-06-2019 04:01:13

Cuban-style roast pork, congri, yucca with mojo and a refreshing mojito: there's no better way to explore Cuba’s multi-cultural heritage than through its syncretic gastronomy. Tantalise your taste buds and prepare yourself for a journey full of flavour – here’s the lowdown on what dishes and drinks to try on your next trip to this beautiful island, along with some bits of history and advice on wining and dining in Cuba.

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Tags: havana, trinidad, advice, drinks, cocktails, paladar, hemingway, restaurants

How to travel like a British celebrity in Cuba – the must-do’s

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 24-05-2019 01:39:44

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla visited Cuba in march 2019 as the first members of the royal family to land in Havana after the 1959-revolution. The royal couple visited Old Havana, drove a classic car to the Lennon Park, and prepared their own mojitos at a local restaurant. Before them, Edward of Windsor, Winston Churchill, Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger also jumped at the opportunity of visiting Cuba.

What were they eager to see and what did they do? Read on to find out.

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Tags: varadero, havana, santiago de cuba, travel ideas, royal tour

Queer Cuba: The Ultimate Guide For LGBT+ Travellers

Posted by Maria Victoria O'Hana on 27-06-2018 11:22:41

If you're looking for an exhaustive guide on LGBTQ+ travel to Cuba, then you've come to the right place. We've got you covered on everything you need to know - from travel advice, bar recommendations, and hot playlists - to the low-down on Cuba's sexual politics and an insight into gay-friendly destinations outside Havana. This is a long one, so bear with us - we promise its worth the read.

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Tags: where to go, lgbt travel, bars

Cuba's Casas Particulares: 5 Reasons Why We Love Them

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 25-06-2018 04:48:59

If you’re looking to experience Cuba like a local, enjoying authentic adventures informed by insider knowledge, then you’ll want to book yourself into a casa particular (private homestay) ASAP. Cuba Direct has long been a champion of this kind of accommodation, recognising the many unique and immersive opportunities that they offer travellers as well as the positive impact they have on the ordinary Cuban families who run them. They offer excellent value; in fact 30 out of the Top 50 Best Value Hotels in Cuba are casas particulares according to the popular reviews website TripAdvisor. It comes as no surprise when you consider the casas’ enviable locations, authentic dining options and the wealth of tips and information the local hosts provide.

Here we outline just what a casa particular is and what makes them so special, giving our top 5 reasons why you should consider one for your Cuba holiday.

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Tags: insider tips, casas particulares, ethical tourism, private homestay, casa particular, where to stay, off the beaten cuba

Beyond the Guidebook: 10 Hidden Beaches in Cuba

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 30-05-2018 04:15:59

A bucket list for Cuba almost always includes the famous beaches of Varadero, Cayo Santa María, Cayo Coco, or Guardalavaca. But there’s a handful of other truly unspoilt, off-the-radar sandy paradises, waiting to be discovered all over the island. Absent from most travel guides, and a long way off being ‘conquered’ by tourist busloads, the 10 beaches listed below are recommendations from our Travel Consultant Liam, an avid-traveller who loves to venture off the beaten path. He spent three years sating his wanderlust in Cuba and, on his travels, discovered these gems.

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Tags: trinidad, beach, vinales, beach holidays, santiago de cuba, travel ideas, cienfuegos, Holguín, off the beaten cuba, camaguey

Prince Harry and Meghan to Honeymoon in Cuba: Here’s Why

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 03-05-2018 01:27:54

With just over two weeks to go until the royal wedding, the buzz surrounding the event is reaching an almighty crescendo. While the big day itself will be a spectacular event, it’s just the beginning of the celebration for American actress Meghan Markle and HRH Prince Harry who will no doubt be jetting off to somewhere fabulous in the following days. Namibia, Rwanda, Barbados, Saint Kitts & Nevis and Jamaica have all been floated by the press as potential post-nuptial escapes for the jetsetting couple but our money is firmly on Cuba, the perfect honeymoon getaway. Here’s five reasons why it’s the ideal choice for the royal newlyweds…

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5 Hidden Gems in Cuba - Cities & Natural Parks

Posted by Maria Victoria O'Hana on 02-05-2018 10:33:19

Whether you're a first time visitor to Cuba or a seasoned Cubaphile, we've got the ultimate list of lesser-known gems that you won't be wanting to miss on your Cuban getaway! Jade-green waterfalls, historic diving spots, charming colonial towns and picture-perfect beaches - here's Cuba's top 5 hidden gems:

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Tags: where to go, destinations, top destinations, recommendations, travel ideas

5 Ways To Travel Cuba Like a Local

Posted by Maria Victoria O'Hana on 02-05-2018 10:31:51

Being half-Cuban and bilingual, I've had the distinct opportunity to experience Cuba both as a tourist and a local. Returning each year to visit family and friends, I've travelled the island extensively and gotten to know her many facets and personalities. Each time, I come to the same conclusion: Cuba is not the kind of country you can experience superficially. You have to get down to the nitty-gritty. You have to seek out her realities. You have to immerse yourself. Otherwise, you're not doing justice to yourself or to her people.

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Tags: insider tips, where to go, private homestay, casa particular, recomendations, cuban food

Travelling to Cuba: Your Questions Answered

Posted by Maria Victoria O'Hana on 20-04-2018 11:17:12

First time travelling to Cuba? We've got all your questions answered with a guide on everything you need to know about visiting Cuba - from visas, insurance and currency, to WiFi, accommodation and packing tips!

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Tags: cuba tips, advice, insider tips, where to stay, faqs

Havana’s Top 10 Museums: From Well-Known Palaces to Quirky Collections

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 04-04-2018 01:59:02

When most people think of Cuba they think of classic cars, Che, beaches and maybe even cocktails. Few people think of museums. What they don’t know is that the nation’s capital, Havana, is a haven for culture-vultures, history fanatics and art aficionados.

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Tags: insider tips, culture, checklist, where to go, child, kids, activities, exotic, hemingway, religion, santería, afro-cuba, history, travel ideas

Where to Stay in Cuba: Our Favourite High-End Picks

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 03-04-2018 04:46:15

Looking for the five-star treatment on your next trip to Cuba? High-end boutique experiences were rarer than snow on the island during its post-revolution years but times have certainly changed (though we’re still waiting for a white Christmas!). These days, elegant colonial mansions are being transformed into boutique homestays and world-renowned luxury companies, such as Kempinski, are taking over iconic buildings.

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Tags: cuba, varadero, havana, trinidad, guardalavaca, beach, city, twin-centre holidays, holiday offers, sea, all-inclusive, hotel, casa particular, beach holiday, cayo, hotels, recommendations, where to stay, high-end, luxury holidays

48 Hours in Viñales

Posted by Maria Victoria O'Hana on 29-03-2018 02:11:58

Located in the heart of Pinar del Rio, Viñales is an area of outstanding natural beauty, where tobacco is grown for the Cuban cigar industry. The valley itself is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and is peppered with strange and unique “mogotes” – a series of tall, rounded hills which seem to pop out of the ground. As well as walking, the area is great for photography, bird-watching, cycling and horse riding. There are plenty of unique activities on offer, including boat-rides through the Cave of the Indian, tours of tobacco plantations, and an immersive experience in the Palenque de los Cimarrones - a former hideout for runaway slaves.

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Tags: tip, destinations, vinales, recommendations, holidays, cigars, tobacco, music, travel ideas

10 Reasons You Have to Visit Trinidad

Posted by Maria Victoria O'Hana on 26-03-2018 11:31:10

Though most of us tend to envision Havana when we think of Cuba, the island is home to other, lesser-known cities that encapsulate the essence of Cuba in an altogether different manner. One of them is Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the best-preserved colonial cities in the entire Caribbean. Located on the Southern coast of Cuba, Trinidad offers the perfect blend of city, beach and nature – all within a short distance. Not that you’ll need much convincing, but here’s 10 reasons you have to visit Trinidad...

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Tags: trinidad, where to go, destinations, holidays, music, history, nature, travel ideas

Carnival in Cuba: Join the Nation's Biggest Party

Posted by Rossana Young on 16-02-2018 03:28:48

Carnival season may be coming to a close across much of the world, but in Cuba the party hasn’t even begun.

In most Roman Catholic countries, Carnival is a pre-Lenten festival; a time of excess before 40 days of austerity. But in typical Cuban style, things on the island are a little different, with celebrations taking place throughout the summer in various towns and cities. Lucky for you, that leaves plenty of time to organise your Carnival trip.

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Tags: havana, culture, events, santiago de cuba, music, afro-cuba, matanzas, history, carnival

Cuba with Kids: How to Make the Most of Your Trip

Posted by Maria Victoria O'Hana on 13-02-2018 11:23:35

Travelling with kids can feel daunting, particularly in places like Cuba where there are a lot of unknowns for first-time travellers. What most people don’t realise, is that Cuba is quite the family-friendly destination, especially since Cubans are so welcoming and kind to children. In fact, you’ll often find Cubans quoting their national hero and poet, Jose Marti, who famously said that “children are the hope of the world, because they truly know how to love”. To help you get the most out of your family trip to Cuba, we’ve spoken to our Cuban travel specialists to get the ultimate advice and insider tips.

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Tags: travel hacks, tips, packing, safety, family, kids, casa particular