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Cuba offers colourful heritage, intriguing history, a lush interior and splendid beaches as well as direct Virgin Atlantic flights from London and good connections with other Latin American countries. Cuba holidays range from visits to Havana, one of the America’s oldest and grandest cities and a worthy destination on its own, to complete explorations of this fascinating island.

What to see

Classic American cars, rum and cigars, intoxicating Cuban music, crumbling colonial buildings and Che Guevara murals all add to the charm and character of this special destination. Private homes, some retaining their original features and colonial artwork, open their doors as family-run paladar restaurants or casas particulares, offering bed & breakfast accommodation, and provide a memorable and unique opportunity to experience the local culture.

Tourist infrastructure in Cuba cannot be compared with that of most Latin American countries as the standard of service can be erratic, changes to the itinerary and hotels may occur without prior notice, road journeys can take longer than anticipated and dining options are often limited. However, we feel that any deficiencies are more than compensated for by Cuba's culture and scenery, and recommend a flexible approach to travel when visiting the country.

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Browse our collection of small escorted group tours and luxurious private journeys.


Browse our tailor-made section and design a holiday to suit your interests, tastes and budget.

Key Facts

Capital: Havana
Flying time from London: 10 hours
Time difference: GMT -5
Population: 11.24 million
Currency: Cuban Pesos (CUP)
Official Language(s): Spanish
Visa (UK Passport Holders): A tourist card must be obtained before arrival

Before You Go:

Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life

Jon Lee Anderson (1997)
Jon Lee Anderson has been given unprecedented access to the Cuban government’s archives and he has obtained hitherto unpublished documents, including several of Guevara’s personal diaries.

Buena Vista Social Club

Ageing Cuban musicians who have been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder.
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