By far the largest country in the Caribbean, Cuba is in the west of the region curving just south of Florida and north of Jamaica.
While it’s famous for mojitos, cigars and Che Guevara, it could just as easily be famous for its pastoral architecture and butterscotch beaches.
Havana is haven of jaw-dropping (if slightly frayed at the edges) architecture and an atmosphere that’s unusually friendly for such a big city. Cuba comes into its own at the northern coastline, however, where you’ll find the paradise beaches and upmarket resorts of Varadero.
The Cuban people have been through a lot, but have come out the other side a very unique and very friendly bunch. The culture comes from primarily Hispanic influences and greets you with an intoxicating liveliness.
Why visit Cuba?
You get the super-luxury of a classic Caribbean resort within walking distance of a culture and heritage that is completely unique in the region
The birthplace of the Mojito; this is the perfect place to experience the classic minty cocktail. Everywhere will tell you that their version is the best – it’s only right to try them all just to be extra sure
Smoke a Cuban cigar in Havana – take care and ensure you’re buying the genuine article as there are many unscrupulous sellers who’ll pass off much smaller cigars as the real thing
Having spent a week (or two) in a lovely all-inclusive resort, you can trade in the luxury for a culture-shock trip to the capital Havana
Step onto the streets and enjoy a time warp; Cuba has held on to a lot of its stunning 1940s architecture and wonderful classic cars