If you are thinking of a good cigar or a nice, strong cup of coffee the first thing that comes in your mind is probably Cuba. Cuba truly excels when it comes to its strong and dark coffee, they have been growing their own coffee beans since the mid-18th century. Cuba has a creative environment, you don’t have to go to a museum or art galleries to see true art, the streets are filled with music, colorful graffiti and street art that you will not be able to see anywhere else.
Jose Marti International Airport or also known as Rancho Boyeros Airport is located 15km from Havana, Cuba. Havana Airport is the main international airport in Cuba and it handles over 5 million passengers every year. If you are planning to travel to Cuba, make sure that you hold a Tourist Card as well as insurance they can be easily obtained online, most airlines will not allow you to board your flight if you have not obtained a valid Tourist Card as well as insurance.
Like many other airports, Havana airport allows passengers to enjoy tax-free shopping, hot meals, drinks as well as hotel services.
Every country has its own traditions, travel etiquette, rules, and traits when it comes to tipping abroad, it can get quite tricky for first-time travelers. Tipping in Cuba is a nice way of thanking the business owners as well as staff for their service. Whether it is just grabbing a coffee, having a meal or requiring assistance while carrying your luggage, visitors are encouraged to give a small tip for the services provided by the Cuban hospitality service.
This might seem like a simple process, but tipping in Cuba has its own culture and sometimes it might be confusing for first-time travelers. Our team has prepared some tips and advice regarding this.
Have you ever heard of a city Matanzas? Probably not, and you are not the only one. Matanzas is one of Cuba’s hidden treasures. It is also the capital of the second-largest Cuban province – Matanzas. It is located in the north of the island, just 90 kilometers away from Havana or 30 kilometers from the famous Varadero beaches. Matanzas is known as the city of bridges as it has 17 bridges, for this reason, it is also called as the Venice of Cuba. The city of Matanzas is worth to visit for its historic sites, beaches, mysterious caves and this is where the dance rumba came from, furthermore we present you with top destinations to visit while in Matanzas.
Cienfuegos is a city on the southern coast of Cuba. The city was founded by a French immigrant Don Luis de Clouet in 1819 and now is a must see town that is definitely worth a visit. This colourful city is famous for its beautiful landscapes, blue waters, beautiful little streets and natural parks. In 2005 Cienfuegos was placed on the World Heritage list as the best example of early 18th century Spanish Enlightenment in urban planning.Read more
Trinidad, Cuba is a town in the province of Sancti Spiritus in central Cuba. Since 1988 Trinidad and the nearby Valle de los Ingenios have been part of the UNESCO World Heritage. If you love the outdoors, museums and enjoy a good meal you must stop by Trinidad while on your trip around Cuba. The city has a rich history, beautiful colonial architecture and mouthwatering dishes that can be enjoyed in many restaurants, markets, and paladares located in former colonial homes. When the sun goes down every corner of Trinidad will turn into a private concert, you can stroll through the city, enjoy the street concerts or head to one of the clubs in the city.
Cuba is the biggest island on the Caribbean with 430 beaches along its 3,500-mile coastline. Here you can find powdery white, golden and black sand beaches, full of shady palm trees and turquoise waters on the forever blue sky background. In Cuba one anyone can find a beach that meets their needs if it’s a family vacation, sunbathing marathon, water sports or romantic getaway. We have discovered 9 best beaches for our readers to visit: Flamenco, Paradise, Varadero, Cayo Coco, Cayo Santa Maria, Coral, Cayo Largo, Cayo Levisa and Guardalavaca beach.
A small but very attractive town
Trinidad, the treasure of Cuba, is a small city in the central territory known for being the most beautiful colonial city in Latin America. You can visit the city in one or two days since the historic centre is very small and everything is very close. Certainly, the best is its sunset.
Viñales: a small but extremely touristy place
This small town is located in the province of Pinar del Río, in western Cuba. The Viñales Valley is a very attractive place for tourists due to its natural wonders, the cultivation of coffee, sugar cane, avocados and bananas, and especially for its tobacco plantations and its peculiar limestone rock formations, called “mogotes“. If you are looking for a totally cozy and quiet place, the best option is to enjoy a few days of rest and relax in Viñales.
Certainly, it is necessary to mention that the entire Valley is considered and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Next, we explain you some activities and useful advices if you visit this wonderful place.