Have you ever heard anyone say a bad word about Cuba? Neither. It’s the Caribbean’s largest island and it’s all you’d imagine it to be – cobblestone streets, wafting cigar smoke and a bunch of beautiful beach towns.
Stay up with the locals @ El Malecon
At night, local musicians, teenagers, lovers and street vendors take to El Malecon for beats and bites (and booze). El Malecon is the strip that runs across the beachfront, and the best opportunity to really get a taste of what the locals are like. Get amongst it!
Eat on the street!
Markets are the way forward in Cuba, with a bunch of vendors focusing on traditional street food. Dig into pork hamburgers, fruit milkshakes and coconut pies (we know the pies kind of sounds gross, but they’re not).
Dance the night away @ 1830
Whether you’ve been born with two left feet or could be Taylor Swift’s back-up dancer (who dreams of pushing the blonde bird in front out of the way), the dance culture in Cuba is perfect for salsa novices or aficionados. For a crash course, hit the D floor with a smile during salsa night at outdoor club 1830.
Get romantic @ El Morro
What was once a 16th century prison now serves as the perfect vantage point to catch the Atlantic sunset. Sure, crime and punishment is not the first thing that comes to mind when we say romance – but there’s something about the vibe here that’s super romantic. Make sure you’re there at 9pm; there’s a ceremonial cannon firing from the fortress you don’t want to miss. Could be the key to your own, err, fireworks later? Eh? Eh?
Get active @ Pico Turqino
Not feeling the burn from your salsa class? Time to throw on your kicks to head up the highest point on the island of Cuba standing at 1,974 metres. Not into fitness? Think of it as evening out all the pork hamburgers and fruit milkshakes. And cocktails. Many, many cocktails.
Hit the beach @ Varadero
When in Cuba, take a sandy selfie at Varadero – the island’s most stunning beach spot. Want a bit of privacy? Search for the hidden gems on less-frequented stretches.