By Admin | Last Updated August 26, 2019
Cuba, the Caribbean island country is a dream destination. The country is made up of the big island of Cuba and several smaller islands. It is the largest country by land area in the Caribbean, and as beautiful as the other more popular Caribbean destinations like Bahamas and Jamaica. The island has rugged plains and rolling hills, which makes it all the more interesting. Geographically, it is bordered by the Straits of Florida, Nicholas Channel, the Old Bahamas Channel, and the Yucatan Channel.
There is a lot to see and do in the country, but very few visited Cuba because of the embargo. However, tourism is now booming thanks to the political change. Cuba received 4,180,000 international tourists in 2017. With Americans able to visit the island country, Cuba is expecting more than 5 million tourists in 2019.
Cuba has a favorable climate, lush beaches, rich history, old-world architecture, which makes it a must-visit. There are protected areas, national parks, biosphere reserves and UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Havana is a historic city. You can visit many art galleries and museums. There are also many cultural events, including dance and music. Also see the many sugarcane and tobacco plantations, and don’t forget to buy the famous Cuba cigar. Modern Cuba is multi-cultural, with people from different ethnicities and backgrounds. Most of them are descended from Spaniards. You can also find English, French, Italians, Africans and Mulattos here.
|Off-The-Beaten Track||Cuba offers many hidden wonders. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites spread all over the country.|
|Colonial Architecture||You will find a mix of styles like Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Classical and modern. Visit Havana’s Sloppy Joe’s, marvel at el Caridad del Cobre.|
|Tobacco||Visit the tobacco farms and get your cigars, world famous.|
|Vintage Cars||Spot the best vintage cars. The streets are full of 1950s cars – from Chevrolets, Buicks, Studebakers.|
|Beaches||There are nearly 300 Caribbean white sandy beaches, most secluded and serene. Coral reefs. Clear turquoise water. Diving, snorkeling. Rich marine life. Rush to Cayo Largo, Cayo Coco and the largest of them all, Isla de la Juventud for adventure sports.|
|History||There are many colonial and historic sites to visit – the Che Guevara Mausoleum, Museum of Revolution and Ron Havana Club Museum.|
|Food||The cuisine is a mix of Spanish, Aboriginal, African and Caribbean influences. Try the lobsters, bocaditos and La Guarida.|
|Natural Parks||Top destinations include Alejandro de Humboldt and Parque Nacional Pico Turquino.|
|Festivals||Packed calendar full of variety. Carnival of Santiago, the Caribbean Festival and Easter Procession in Trinidad.|
|Culture||It is a cultural meting point. Buena Vista Social Club is a must-visit in Havana. It is a meeting place for artists.|
The tenure depends upon the issuing authority. To get an extension, you need to personally visit the office.
For Brits, the best way to get a visa is from the website www.visacuba.co.uk. Other places include the Cuban Embassy or your travel agent.
There are certain countries that do not require a visa, though for a limited number of days. They are Barbados, Belarus, China, Dominica, Grenada, Mongolia and Namibia to name a few of the 18 countries.
You can bring in personal goods like camera, electronic devices for personal use, jewelry, liquor in small quantities, cigarettes, and medication.
You must also declare large amounts of cash. Professional photographers need import permit for bringing in equipment. There are strong regulations on unauthorized photography of women and children.
Cuba is safe. There is a little bureaucracy, so it can be challenging at times. Get acquainted and it will be easier for you.
The best time to visit Cuba is between the middle of November to March, when it is cool and dry. Visit during the monsoon if you want to see how cigar is made – this is between May and June. There are strong winds from July to early November.
|Spring||March to May. Maximum Average temperatures between 27 degrees Celsius to 30 degrees Celsius. 4-7 days of rain.||March 8 – International Women’s Day April 1 – International Day of Laughter May 1 – International Workers Day|
|Summer||June to August. Summer temperature can reach up to 34 degrees. 7-10 days of rain.||June 14 – Birthday of Che Guevara June 3-9 – Festival of lights in Santiago July 26 – National Day of Rebellion July 30 – Day of Martyrs August 13 – Birthday of Fidel Castro|
|Autumn||September to November. Day and night temperature varies greatly.||October 10 - Start of war for independence November 16 – Day of St Cristobal November 27 – The day students died in the hands of Spanish Government|
|Winter||December to March. Sunny. Not very cold. Good for beach time.||December 7 – Latin American Cinema Fest December 24-25 – Christmas January 1 – Liberation Day, New Year January 28 – Birthday of Jose Julian Marti February 28 – Festival of Cuban Cigars|