Explore and find hotels in Cuba
Vintage American cars with grumbling engines, old Spanish architecture peeling with history, and all but no internet – travelling to Cuba is like stepping into a time warp. It all starts in Havana. Spend your days people-watching on Old Havana’s lively streets, and dipping into museums and galleries filled with enthralling art. The Museo de la Revolución plunges you into the most momentous battles of The Cuban Revolution, while a walk along the Malecón – Havana’s five-mile seawall – leads to Morro Castle, a stone fortress that has guarded Havana Bay for centuries. Beyond Havana’s reach, busy junctions give way to national parks, pristine bays and white-sand beaches. Go scuba diving and snorkelling in Playa Giron’s coral reefs to the east. Or head west for the chance to go horse riding through tobacco plantations in Parque de Viñales. Finish off with a lesson in the art of cigar rolling at one of the ranches. If there’s time, venture south to climb Pico Turquino of the southerly Sierra Maestra mountain range, and experience the electrifying city of Santiago de Cuba where the art of salsa was supposedly invented. After a spell on the road, kick back with some well-earned beach time on the sandy cays of Varadero. There are generally three options when it comes to accommodation in Cuba: high end hotels, renting a private apartment, or staying in Cuban homes, known as ‘casas particulares’. Hotels and private apartments are widely available in Havana, Varadero and other tourist hotspots, while casas particulares can be found throughout the country.