Explore Cuba’s Nightlife
Head out for a night of rum-fuelled dancing in Havana, or for those after an even wilder night, try the untameable Santiago de Cuba. With an abundance of pubs, bars and salsa clubs, you are sure to find something to pack your night with entertainment. If you are not up for the dancing yourself, head to a cabaret or take in a salsa show, as Cuba’s dance culture is something not to be missed.
See the UNESCO sites
While in Cuba, make sure to visit some of the nine UNESCO heritage sites. With such an array of historical and natural splendour on offer you are sure to find something to interest you. Many of the UNESCO sites are old areas of Cuban cities which are very easy for visitors to access and make for some beautiful photographs. The nature preserves and plantation areas are less convenient to get to, although a tour can easily be arranged.
Soak in the Sun on Cuban sands
Cuba is famous for its stunning beaches and summer weather, so make sure to plan some beach time while visiting the island. The ideal beach destination, Cuba’s coast is covered in white sands sprinkled with shady palm trees. With the renowned resort of Varadero, the gorgeous northern cays, and the fine sands of Guardalavaca and Jibacoa, there is a myriad of exquisite beaches on offer.
If scuba diving is on your bucket list, cross it off at Cuba. Most of Cuba’s seas are crystal-clear and filled with a myriad of colourful fish making it the ideal destination for diving. Anyone looking for a less intense experience should give snorkelling a go. With an array of diving centres studding the island’s coast there is no shortage of equipment available.
Plaza de Armas Book Market
Visit Havana’s oldest square’s second-hand book market. Held every day, except for Sundays, this market is a charming sight to see. Stalls of second-hand books, vintage magazines, posters, postcards, and vinyl brightly colour the colonial cityscape. It’s also the perfect place to pick some uniquely Cuban souvenirs.
Make a Cigar
Take a tour of a tobacco plantation or a cigar factory and discover why Cuban cigars are esteemed to be the best in the world. Most of the plantations and factories demonstrate how to roll cigars by hand so you can also try your hand at making a cigar yourself.
Visit Che Guevara’s Mausoleum
The Complejo Monumental Ernesto Che Guevara marks the final resting place of the guerrilla leader. Located in Santa Clara, the hometown of Guevara’s wife, the mausoleum also houses the remains of other guerrilla fighters who were slain alongside Guevara in Bolivia. A small museum near the entrance to the mausoleum features a collection of photographs depicting Guevara’s life.