Where ever you look the people are preparing for a party on the island of Cuba. One of the only communist-ruled islands in the Caribbean which offers excellent value for money in an environment steeped with history. A must is a twin-centre holiday on the island with the beach and the city of Havana. Just soak up the atmosphere of the city; watch old men playing dominoes outside the cafes, check out the old American Buick cars, spend a night at the Copa cabana dancing the night away or watch the famous Havana cigars being rolled, then transfer to the coast and the white beaches of Varadero or Cayo Caco.
Popular Cuba Holiday itineraries :
Include a stop in Havana to explore this fantastic city, a trip out to the Vinales Valley to the Tobacco growing region. On this trip, you also visit the UNESCO preserved Sierra del Rosario Ecological Reserve – the largest of it’s kind in the Caribbean and natural habitat to one of the greatest concentrations of endemic wildlife and vegetation on the island, including the Tocororo, Cuba’s national bird.
Trinidad is another popular add on to consider exploring its cobbled streets and soak up the atmosphere of the live music at the weekends or take a visit to the Escambray mountains to the beautiful tropical forests and waterfalls.
Lastly, a visit to Cuba would not be complete without a visit to one of its many beach destinations. If staying in Havana twin with a hotel at Varadero for a more resort experience or try one of the Cayo’s for that laid back Caribbean tranquil escape.
Varadero is the more popular resort and is the closest to Havana hence its popularity. Depending on the tour you want to do, either Cayo Coco or Varadero would work for you.
Varadero is more of a resort with a centre to go out to visit in the day and evenings. The beach there is one of the longest on the island and is soft sand with calm waters.
The Cayo’s are much quieter just off the mainland with white sandy beaches and more laid back quieter with hotel entertainment.
Getting Married in Cuba and Weddings on the Beach
One of the main things to consider when choosing a wedding in Cuba is that all documents will be required to be translated into Spanish and legalised at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Legalisation Department) and the Cuban Embassy which are in London for UK residents.
If both the bride and groom are both single then you need to produce your passports to a Cuban lawyer who will certify that you are both free to marry each other. You must then present your passports, birth certificates and the declaration to the notary in Cuba. If you have been married before then the Legal Requirements for a wedding in Cuba requires – Birth certificate, proof of divorce if previously married, death certificate of Widow or widower if previously widowed. these documents must then be translated into Spanish. These documents must be logged with the notary a minimum of 21 days before the marriage so that your intent to marry can be posted on the notice board for 21 days. Original certificates will be required on the day of the wedding.
Once all the legal documents have been approved you are free to marry where ever you would like, be it in the city, on a beach or in one of the old fashioned town halls. Many of the hotels offer free weddings including the preparation of the legal documents, flowers, photographs and many more choices. Call or email goeasy, for your personal consultation on your wedding abroad or visit our Wedding Abroad section.
Honeymoons in Cuba
Cuba as a honeymoon destination offers a wide range of hotels from small budget hotels to large all-inclusive resorts. Many hotels offer several room categories for honeymoon couples to upgrade, Ocean view suites, villas and Presidential suites. Honeymoon couple offers include free room upgrades, sparkling wine, fruit and flowers in the room. Goeasy Travel offers a personal Travel consultant to help plan your honeymoon or wedding abroad. If you are stuck for ideas take a look at some of the honeymoons offers available Honeymoon offers
Cuba Luxury Hotels, accommodation, Hotels, Self-Catering
There are many accommodation options to choose from in Cuba from budget self-catering rooms to the most luxurious five-star resorts with Spas and beachfront rooms. Many hotels offer all-inclusive at a very competitive price for package holidays to Cubas beach resorts, whilst in the city of Havana, it is always best to stay on a bed and breakfast basis so you can get out and explore the city. There are sometimes late deals to Cuba available on our Managers Special Holiday offers
Golf holidays to Cuba
Cuba might not be the first destination you will choose for a golfing holiday, however, the island does have two 18 hole golf courses. One is situated just outside Havana, which is the “DiploClub” and was once a popular course with the American movie stars back in the 1940s. The other course which is regarded as being as good as any of the other Caribbean golf courses is situated in Varadero. If you want a great family holiday with a little bit of golf added to the package then Cuba is a perfect choice. Ask now for a holiday quotation including golf in Cuba.
Top things to do in Cuba
Swimming with Dolphins – From the beaches of Varadero or Cayo Caco take a cruise out to sea and swim with the dolphins.
Cigar Factory tour – Watch how they roll the Havana cigars and sample some of the products or buy some Souvenirs to take home.
Tour of Old Havana – Known by the locals as La Habana Vieja this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must to experience the old hotels and buildings of Havana.
Visit Santiago de Cuba – In the south-east of the island this is another UNESCO world heritage site and a must for hikers and those looking for beautiful flora bunda at Gran Piedra
Bellamar Caves – explore these wonderful caves and see the crystal sculptures and underground rivers and ponds. Located 25 miles from Varadero.
Trinidad– with its cobbled street, live music and proximity to the Escambray mountains with tropical forests and waterfalls.
Deep Sea Fishing – In Cuba deep sea fishing is an excellent choice for Blue Marlin offshore or trout and bass inland on the lakes.
Scuba Diving – Explore the pristine coral reefs or take a dive to a sunken ship dating back to the American and Spanish War. for best diving, consider Cayo Caco, Cayo Largo or Guardalavaca.
Getting to Cuba
There is a choice of airlines from the UK and Europe either direct or indirect, making it a great choice to twin with another country such as Spain, Mexico or Canada. Also consider a cruise to the island of Cuba when some curise operators include and overnight stay in Havana.
When to go to Cuba and the Weather
The best time to visit Cuba is between November to April when the skies are clear with the least amount of rain. For the very best driest weather holiday in Cuba any time from December to April. The hurricane season is from June to the end of October when strong winds bring rain and hot humid days. Rainy Season is from May to October and can be very hot and humid but some great hotel offers can be found.
Car Hire and Driving in Cuba
Car hire in Cuba is an excellent choice to get out and about and explore the island. It is safe to drive in Cuba and most of the car rental companies are government run with good standard new vehicles. It is more difficult to find an old American Buick to rent than a regular car. Road conditions in the larger cities and the more tourist-frequented areas of Cuba are fair to good, but bumps and other roadway nuisances can be extreme in the more rural areas.
A European or UK driver’s license is valid in Cuba for one year, but you must be 21 to drive. Driving is on the right-hand side of the road.
Traffic is fairly light, but roads in the countryside are frequented by domestic animals and can become narrow and winding. Be prepared to give up the right of way to both livestock and oncoming traffic. It’s always best to keep your eye on the road as you don’t know what could be around the corner. call or email for our best car hire rates.
For more information on Cuba please visit the official website for the Cuba Tourist Board
Languages spoke: Spanish, English
Currency Cuban peso
Visa requirements None for UK Passport holders