GREETINGS FROM CUBA
WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO?
Fiesta! Welcome to Havana. An explosion of music, smiles, crumbling buildings – that sums up Cuba’s capital. Havana is split into two areas La Habana Vieja (Old Havana) and Vedado.
Most of the tourist attractions such as Museo de la Revolución, Capitolio, and the many plazas are situated in Old Havana but there are a few modern restaurants in Vedado which are worth a visit. Take a vintage car ride to Hotel Nacional where the local mafia used to hatch plans over mojitos! Check out more tips in our Havana guide.
Oh and check out these 10 things not to be missed when visiting Cuba’s capital.
Found in the north – central Pinar del Río Province of Cuba, the lush countryside of Viñales is a welcomed rest for the buzz of Havana. The town is surrounded by bizarre looking hills called mogotes! Viñales is cigar land, there are plenty of farms which you can tour around.
My Viñales top tips are to rent a bike and cycles through the beautiful landscape, it really is so different to Havana.
- Off the beaten track – what to do and where to stay in Viñales.
BAY OF PIGS
Bay of Pigs is a historically important area for Cuba, it’s where Fidel Castro’s guerrilla army defeated the United States of America in 1961. At Playa Larga, you’ll find a plaque celebrating this success. However, today there is one main attraction to the Bay of Pigs and that is scuba diving in the Caribbean Sea. Take the plunge and swim with the fishes while paying some of the cheapest diving prices in the world. We stayed in the town of Caleton, where the dive centre is located.
- Diving in Cuba Guide (+ how to book)
TRINIDAD + PLAYA ANCON
Take a stroll down Cuba’s famous colourful streets of Trinidad. Drink rum, listen to jazz, and cycle (or take the bus) to paradise aka Playa Ancon *rubs eyes* yes this exists!
Short on time but want to know it all, here is our quick Cuba go to guide
HOW MUCH DOES CUBA COST?
For daily breakdowns for Cuba city see useful post | Accommodation, food, transport, trips costs: three weeks in Cuba
Don’t know your CUC from your CUP? We’ve got you covered – Currency in Cuba
CUBA TRAVEL ESSENTIALS
How to get WiFi in Cuba (our most popular article!) | Stay with locals in casas particulares + other accommodation tips
Cuba is safe, but there are lots of scams to avoid!
Learn Spanish before you go | More Cuba wanderlust
| Travel to Cuba – frustrations and fascinations