Flights To Cuba
Cuba is the land where time stood still. During the first half of the 20th century, this Caribbean island was a popular playground for wealthy Americans who came here for the beaches, the fishing and the casinos. The Cuban Revolution of the late Fifties changed everything and by the Sixties, the island’s tourism industry was effectively dead. While the Castro government made great strides in providing better healthcare and education for the Cuban people, the US embargo against the country had a profound effect on development. However, the absence of large American chains is part of Cuba’s charm, along with the crumbling old buildings and cars that date from the Fifties.
Sights and activities in Cuba
Since the Nineties, the Cuban government has opened up the tourism industry and has been trying to restore things to their former glory. There are now several resorts that are all inclusive and catering to visitors looking for sun, sea, sand and Caribbean rhythms.
The area around Varadero on the north coast is especially popular and here you’ll find exclusive hotels such as the Blau Varadero. Varadero’s charms lie in its beach life. The town is located on a narrow peninsula fringed by glorious white beaches and the crystal waters of the Caribbean. Water sports such as sailing and scuba diving are just some of the activities you can indulge in here. The town is home to Cuba’s largest golf course, a dolphinarium and the impressive Bellamar Caves.
While it may be tempting to stay at your resort and sip mojitos on the beach all day, no visit to Cuba is complete without exploring the rest of the country. Visit the island’s original capital, Baracoa; stroll around the colonial centre of Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; go hiking among the limestone hills and tobacco plantations around Pinar del Río and visit a cigar factory; explore national parks and quaint little beach towns and see the Monument and Mausoleum of Che Guevara in Santa Clara.
One of the most exciting destinations in Cuba is Havana. The city’s historic centre is another UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to the Capitol, the Plaza de Armas, the Museum of the Revolution, the Cathedral of San Cristóbal, several old forts and the Malecón, an avenue that runs along the waterfront. A must-do in the city is to visit the Great Theatre to see the renowned Cuban National Ballet perform.
The Cuban capital is a paradise for architecture lovers, with buildings in a variety of styles. If you’re looking for a bustling nightlife, this is the place to be too. Live music is everywhere and there are many clubs where you can shake your hips to Cuban rhythms. If you’d rather watch the professionals do it, take in a Tropicana show. All this activity takes place under the watchful eye of the statue of Christ of Havana, a giant marble statue reminiscent of Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer.
Cuba’s main airport in José Martí International Airport, located just outside the capital. There are direct flights from London Gatwick and the journey takes about 10 hours. Another option is to fly from either London Gatwick or from Manchester to Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport just outside Varadero, a trip that takes about 9 or 10 hours and can be combined with an all inclusive holiday deal.