Due to historical and political circumstances, it has not been easy to travel to and from Cuba until recently. However, as Cuba has become more receptive to visitors, its tourism industry has blossomed and it is now a top destination for those looking for an incredibly beautiful and charming holiday experience.
Cuba has a rich variety of wildlife and vegetation, boasting over 200 beautiful coastal bays and more than 400 natural beaches, yet also retains urban centres alive with Cuban spirit and culture. It is an island of outstanding natural beauty and the wonderful climate makes for an incredibly relaxing holiday.
With a rich and exciting history, Cuba holds a unique place in the imaginations of many. A place of passion, dancing, and an inspiration for many a great writer, its transition from colonialism to revolution and the emergence of modern Cuba has shaped the way of life on the island.
If visiting the bustling urban areas of Cuba is what interests you, there are a number of options available. The capital, Havana, has a population of over two million and is actually one of the smallest cities on the island. With a constant procession of 1950s styled American motor vehicles, a strong street-culture and a variety of uniquely Cuban bars and cafés, Havana provides a great chance to explore the heart of Cuban life.
Cienfuegos is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Cuba and is nestled on the coast, surrounded by the warm seas of the Caribbean and overlooked by a magnificent 18th Century castle. For the holiday-maker who wishes to experience the colonial history so prominent in Cuba’s past, Cienfuegos offers a wonderful opportunity to see how Cuban history has shaped its present.
The Cuban Keys offer miles of stunning white beaches, coral reefs and warm seas. Holidays can be taken in great luxury at well-respected hotels or more simply in self-catered rentals that may offer a greater degree of independence for the more adventurous travellers.
When considering where to stay, there are a number of renowned beaches that it is worth taking the time to research. The beaches of Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo and Cayo Paredon Grande are all stunning examples of what the small Cuban isles have to offer.
So whether it is an urban adventure to the heart of Cuba, following in the footsteps of Hemmingway on his Cuban trips and smoking the finest cigars Cuba has to offer, or a relaxing beach holiday on the white sands of the Cuban Keys that you are after, there is something for everyone in this versatile island – making Cuba holidays the perfect option for 2012.