First-time visitors often mistake this Caribbean island as a beach-only destination, booking their entire stay at a Vardero resort. As British travel journalist Fred Mawer (The Telegraph) puts it:
The Caribbean’s most fascinating country: a heady mix of faded Spanish colonial cities, sputtering Fifties Cadillacs, wonderful live music, world-class cigars and an arcane communist system ...With so much to enjoy in Cuba, you may regret holing up in an all-inclusive hotel for your whole trip. - Fred Mawer, The Telegraph, Travel Destinations, Cuba
Cuba offers visitors heaps of history, culture and natural beauty, best appreciated in a mix – like a Cuban cocktail. That’s why we always recommend that our clients, at least first-time visitors, combine their time at the beach with a spell in the capital with a City and Beach Holiday. As Cuba Direct’s Cuban-born founder Miguel Gibson puts it, “If you haven’t seen Havana, you haven’t truly seen Cuba”.
Most of our itineraries are crafted to give clients the best of both worlds, offering a few days in the city (for music, dancing, architecture and history) followed by a relaxing stint on the glorious beaches of Varadero or Cayo Santa Maria.
Depending on your holiday style, we recommend you combine your stay in Varadero with time in Havana and Trinidad (our Classic Cuba Multi-Centre does just that). If you’d prefer the freedom of a Self-Drive Holiday, take a look at our suggested Open Roads itinerary. To travel with your personal, English-speaking driver-guide in an individually-tailored private tour.