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Overview

Introduction

It could be argued that there is nowhere in the world like Cuba.

Located where the northern Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean meet, this island has a unique cultural blend – Latin American and Caribbean influences infused with Soviet and American touches, which is both captivating and enthralling.

The capital epitomises this feel and no trip to Cuba should be without a few nights in Havana. Stroll the cobblestone streets of Old Havana and you’ll feel that you have been transported back in time: Spanish colonial architecture - baroque cathedrals, majestic plazas and 18th century mansions, standing in stark contrast to the classic American cars from the 1950s cruising by.

Many will argue that Cuba exists in a time capsule but allow yourself to look and feel and, you’ll discover a world-class art and music scene and a creative culture that is forward-looking and challenging the status quo. Yes, nostalgias exist but do not let them deceive you.

Away from the capital, Cuba’s beaches can rival any tropical paradise and, for the culturally curious traveller the local interactions and homestay experiences (Casa Particulares) are guaranteed to create lasting memories and bonds of friendship. Then there are the vivacious green mountains, the tobacco farms, coffee plantations, waterfalls, biosphere reserves, remarkable viewpoints and friendly townships; each wondrous and inviting you to learn and experience more.

Our trips are designed to shine a light on the diversity and natural beauty of the land, sharing stories and engaging with all you meet. A trip to Cuba will stay with you forever.

A Cuba trip at a glance

  • At 780 miles long and 119 miles, the island is as diverse as it is awe-inspiring
  • Cuba is home to an extraordinary biodiversity throughout its waters, forests and wetlands. Of the 6,000 known plant specifies, 50% are found nowhere else in the world. The island also has countless wildlife species, from endangered manatees to the world’s smallest bird.
  • Vinales is one of the most beautiful places on Cuba and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a highlight of any tour.
  • With no Wi-Fi in many areas, Cuba is ideal for a digital detox holiday.

Getting To Cuba

Flights from the UK operate via the US or via Madrid and Paris.

Best time to go

Cuba has a tropical climate and year round warmth. The dry season lasts from November to April and, with its settled weather, attracts the largest volume of travellers. Late April and October are great for avoiding the crowds. Throughout the summer months the humidity adds to the intensity of heat.

Visa requirements

British citizens must have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity to visit Cuba, as well as a visa and a tourist card. For the most up-to-date passport and visa info, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cuba/entry-requirements.

A Cuban tourist card for each member of your travelling party must be purchased prior to departure, It can be collected in person from the Cuban Embassy in London, or can be applied for by post. Further information - and the application form - can be found on the Embassy’s website - http://misiones.minrex.gob.cu/en/united-kingdom. The tourist card is valid for one entry of 30 days within 180 days of issue and can be extended in Cuba for a further 30 days.

Travel insurance is compulsory for travel to Cuba and proof of insurance is requested upon entry.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a visa to travel to Cuba?

Yes, travellers from most countries including the UK need to obtain a tourist card to visit Cuba. Please visit our dedicated webpage for further information.

What is the currency used in Cuba?

The local currency is the Cuban peso (CUP). The currency can only be purchased in Cuba. We recommend that travellers only exchange a small amount of your money into CUP on arrival, and discuss with your guide what payment options are available. Sometimes it’s better value to pay in EUR cash. Card payments are available in some shops. It is prohibited to take CUP currency out of Cuba.

Do many Cubans speak English?

English is not widely spoken and so learning some common Spanish phrases will help you to get more out of your stay. It is worth carrying a small Spanish phrase book with you at all times.

Is it safe to travel to Cuba? 

Yes, Cuba is a safe destination for tourists, with a low crime rate. However, it is always important to be aware of your surroundings and take precautions against petty theft, especially in crowded areas. For further information visit the UK government website.

Can I buy toiletries and medication in Cuba?

Toiletries such as shampoo, shower gel and deodorant are not easily available to buy and those that are, are very expensive. The same applies to simple medication like paracetamol and ibuprofen. It is advisable to purchase these before travelling.

Can I buy cigars to bring home?

You can purchase cigars but you are advised only to buy them from the cigar shops and specific farms. Those sold on the street or in markets, are often poor quality.

What is the food like in Cuba? 

Cuban cuisine is a fusion of Spanish, African, and Caribbean influences. Popular dishes include arroz con pollo (chicken and rice), ropa vieja (shredded beef stew), and lechón asado (roast pork).

Does Cuba have a risk of the Zika virus?

The risk of Zika infection in Cuba is low, but it is still important to take precautions, especially if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

To protect yourself from Zika virus:

  • Use insect repellent containing DEET or picaridin
  • Wear long sleeves and trousers when outdoors
  • Use a mosquito net over your bed

Tailor-made Tours

The itineraries detailed on our website are mere suggestions. We can tailor a trip to suit your requirements, interests and budget.

Festivals

Havana International Jazz Festival
If you're a jazz enthusiast, don't miss the Havana International Jazz Festival in January. This event gathers musicians from around the world for live performances across the city. January 21, 2024 to January 29, 2024

Havana Biennial
The Havana Biennial (held every two years) showcases contemporary art from Caribbean and Latin American artists. Galleries and museums in Havana host art displays and live performances. November 18, 2023 to November 25, 2023

Havana Film Festival
Film lovers visiting Cuba in December can attend the Havana Film Festival, a celebration of Latin American cinema. With a diverse selection of film productions, this festival offers the chance to experience unique films within the charming ambiance of Havana's classic cinema theatres. December 04, 2023 to December 11, 2023

CubaDisco
CubaDisco, in May, celebrates Cuban music diversity, from traditional to contemporary genres. It's a platform for emerging talent, with live shows taking place in Havana.

Festival del Habano
For cigar enthusiasts, the Festival del Habano held in the last week in February is a must-attend event. It brings cigar professionals and enthusiasts together for tastings and tours of tobacco plantations. 27 February 2024

Havana Ballet Festival
Cuba's ballet schools are renowned globally, and this festival showcases both the country's exceptional dancers and international ballet stars. Established in the 1960s, Havana's Ballet Festival is one of the oldest of its kind and stands as one of Cuba's most esteemed festivals. It is held every two years at venues like the Grand Theatre of Havana. October 26, 2024 to November 02, 2024

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Having had the pleasure to visit Cuba on a number of occasions, I can guarantee that this is a land that rewards those willing to engage and learn. We use local guides to ensure that our travellers not only experience the highlights but also learn about the country's rich history, gastronomy and culture through the sharing of stories and experiences. Let us, and our local team, open your eyes to Cuba, a destination like nowhere else in the world.

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Time Difference

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Currency

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Average flight times

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Having had the pleasure to visit Cuba on a number of occasions, I can guarantee that this is a land that rewards those willing to engage and learn. We use local guides to ensure that our travellers not only experience the highlights but also learn about the country's rich history, gastronomy and culture through the sharing of stories and experiences. Let us, and our local team, open your eyes to Cuba, a destination like nowhere else in the world.

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