Cars, Cigars, and Classic Cuisine

From Havana's colorful streets to Varadero's pristine beaches, there is no shortage of things to see and do in Cuba. This vibrant Caribbean island nation offers visitors a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Whether you're interested in exploring the country's rich history or simply relaxing on the beach, Cuba has something for every type of traveler.

One of the highlights of a visit to Cuba is exploring the vibrant capital city of Havana. The colorful architecture, classic cars, and lively music create a unique and fascinating atmosphere, unlike any other city in the world. Other must-see destinations in Cuba include Varadero, a beach resort town known for its white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters, and Trinidad, a colonial town that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cuba is also home to 12 national parks, the most popular being Topes de Collantes, Ciénaga de Zapata, and Viñales Valley. In addition to these wonders, there are many other protected natural areas to explore.


  • Take a stroll - or a horse ride - through the beautiful countryside around Vinales, a sleepy town that is the heartland of Cuba’s tobacco-growing community
  • The town of Cienfuegos is known for its French architecture and beautiful waterfront
  • A day trip to Topes de Collantes National Park to explore caves, rivers, waterfalls
  • Visit the historic Bay of Pigs for snorkeling
  • Attend a baseball game, the Cuban national sport, from Nov to April
  • Exploring the streets of Old Havana

Before You Go

  • Bring a loose buttondown shirt or flowy dress for a night of salsa dancing
  • American credit cards are not widely accepted in Cuba. US Dollars are accepted, but exchanging them for Cuban Pesos upon arrival will give you better rates for purchases
  • Bring insect repellent!
  • Learning a few basic Spanish phrases can go a long way 
  • Accommodations can fill up quickly during peak season, so be sure to book ahead

Tips and Tricks

  • Play it safe and stick to bottled water to avoid unnecessary sickness
  • Internet access is limited and WiFi can be slow and unreliable. Have a backup plan just in case
  • El Mejunje, a bar/club in Santa Clara, is very LGBTQ+ friendly
  • Cuba is very much on island time. Be prepared to be flexible and go with the flow 
  • Staying in a casa particular (private home) is a great way to experience the local culture and meet locals and can even be more affordable

El Candil Boutique Hotel
Located close to Museo de Artes Decorativas and Revolution Square, El Candil Boutique Hotel provides free continental breakfast, a roundtrip airport shuttle, and a rooftop terrace.
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