Everything You Need to Know About Cuba

Everything You Need to Know About Cuba

With the world’s best beaches and beautiful tranquil waters, Cuba vacations remain a favourite among Canadians today. As the largest of the Caribbean islands, Cuba offers plenty of opportunities for fun and adventure, as well as a pristine setting for individuals just wanting to relax and refuel. Imagine sitting by one of its majestic resort beaches during dusk, or taking part in its pulsating nightlife of culture. Now, think about being able to walk down the streets of Havana and seeing its intricate yet refreshing take on architecture. From surfing to deep-sea fishing, there is plenty to do and see in Cuba. Cuban cuisine is also considered one of the biggest attractions for many visitors. Cuba offers unique creations of fish, meat, and other dishes to mouth-watering fine dining experiences. You will definitely find a lot of amazing food in your upcoming Cuban vacation.

Cayo Guillermo, Cuba. Photo by Eric Bas

City Basics

Arriving in Cuba. When you arrive in Cuba, you will queue to enter an immigration booth, where you will be asked to hand your airline ticket, visa and passport. Tourists are entitled to import items under the legislation of the Convention on Customs Facilities for Tourism. The items they can bring are as follows: video, film and photographic cameras, hair dryers, electric shavers, portable radios and tape recorders. Tourists are also entitled to import – apart from their personal belongings – new or used articles with an overall value of $250.00. Consequently, up to $50 of these items will be subjected to custom payments.

Getting Around. There are several options for visitors to travel around Cuba. Travelers can either enjoy the convenience of renting a car or traveling by bus or train. You have to be at least 18 years old to rent a car in Cuba, and you need to have a valid passport and drivers licence. Prices and selection are rather standard, and renting can cost between 45 CUC ($48) and 80 CUC ($85). The speed limit for cars is 50kmph in the cities, 90kmph on the carretera, and 100kmph on the Autopista.

Visitors can also travel by bus with Viazul. It’s a viable option as Viazul travels to most tourist destinations in Cuba.

Where to Stay

Melia Cayo Coco (4.5 stars rating)
Home to a colony of flamingos, this all-inclusive hotel is located in the heart of Cayo Coco, Cuba.

Melia Buenavista (4.5 stars rating)
This resort is situated in the privileged ecological environment of Cayo Santa Maria in the province of Villa Clara.

Iberostar Varadero (4.5 stars rating)
Designed with colonial style features, this luxurious resort is right across the expansive Varadero beach in Cuba.

Attractions

Havana

A city trapped in time, Havana is a must-see for anyone doing a Cuban vacation. The city of Havana provides a faded glamour meets careful colonial-era reconstruction atmosphere that is both visually arresting and culturally enriching to visitors. Perhaps stay at Hotel Saratoga while you’re there. With 40 deluxe patio rooms, 7 suites, and 96 junior suites, Hotel Saratoga provides a Cuban vacation experience like no other.

San Pedro de la Roca Castle

Designed in 1637 by Giovanni Battista Antonelli, the San Pedro de la Roca Castle was once was used as a defense against raiding pirates. Due to some decay during the 20th century, it was restored in 1960 by Francisco Prat Puig. Then in 1997, it was declared as UNESCO heritage. Currently, this intricate fort serves as a beautiful reminder of Cuba’s rich history and of the principles of Renaissance military engineering.

Pico Turquino

Adventure buffs eager to try out a new feat can trek up Cuba’s highest mountain known as Pico Turquino (located in the southeast part of the island). The 17 km trek which takes up to about 2 to 3 days features the steep forest of the Sierra Maestra and provides an opportunity for some bird-watching extravaganza. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity that you wouldn’t want to miss!

If you are looking for a great place to visit on your next vacation, consider making a trip to this majestic and colourful Caribbean country. Now it’s your turn – share your thoughts with us and let us know how you feel about a Cuba vacation in the comment section below.

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