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Over the past couple of weeks, I have been touring the largest of the Caribbean islands, and discovering Cuba, courtesy of Mintur, the Ministry of Cuba Tourism, Gaviota Tours and Muthu Hotels.

Travellers have always been drawn to Cuba, by its fascinating history, lively culture, and breathtaking scenery. A trip to this island is unlike any other, from the busy streets of Havana to the serene beaches of Varadero.

Classic Havana: The Contrast Capital

I was able to wander around the UNESCO World Heritage site that is Old Havana and get lost in its winding alleyways filled with colourful facades, colonial architecture, and the sounds of salsa music. Whilst in Havana I stayed at the luxury Gran Muthu Habana Hotel and you can also read my review.

Salsa music and dance are closely associated with Cuba. The island’s rhythms quickly had me dancing to the beat while those who had a taste in Cigars didn’t pass up the opportunity to have a Cuban cigar—an experience that wonderfully accentuates the nation’s vibrant culture.

Havana is a living museum for enthusiasts of antique cars, with vehicles dating back to the 1950s still cruising the streets. I took a tour of both Havana and Varadero.

Enchanting Beach Getaways

Cuba has some of the world’s most stunning beaches for those who want to relax by the water. With its immaculate beaches and glistening waters, Varadero, Cayo Coco, and Cayo Santa Maria resemble pages torn from a holiday magazine, drawing in sun worshippers and water sports aficionados.

Regional Flavours

I discovered more of Cuba with visits to Camagüey, Holguin as well as the Cayo Islands of Cuba. In all of these amazing places, I enjoyed the local cuisine. A delicious fusion of Spanish, African, and Caribbean flavours is found in Cuban food. Try the typical fare, such as yucca con mojo, ropa vieja, and moros y cristianos (black beans and rice). When you enjoy your meal with a Cuban espresso or a mojito, you’ll be experiencing the authentic spirit of the island.

Travelling to Cuba is more than just a vacation—it’s an adventure through culture, history, and natural scenery. The genuineness of the island and the friendliness of its residents will make your visit an experience you’ll never forget. Cuba promised me an experience that would turn out to be the trip of a lifetime.

Coming Soon

Over the next few weeks, I will tell you in detail about my journey discovering Cuba, which opened my eyes, not only to this gorgeous, friendly welcoming island but also to the range of excellent hotels and accommodations from Havana to the Cayo’s (islands), and from Holguin to Varadero!

Keep an eye out for the blogs coming soon!

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