Cuba

Cuba Travel Guide

Gorgeous beaches, fascinating history and some of the liveliest people you’ll ever meet await at this island, the largest in the Caribbean. From the bright turquoise waters of Holguin to the festive streets of Santiago de Cuba during carnival season, there’s plenty to discover when you travel to Cuba. It’s easy to be surprised by the wide array of options you have when you visit Cuba, ranging from water sports to following the footsteps of onetime Havana resident Ernest Hemingway. Travel + Leisure’s Cuba travel guide includes highlights for all tastes.

Things Not to Miss in Cuba

• Sunbathing in Varadero’s popular white beaches
• Discovering Havana’s historic downtown
• Sipping on a daiquiri at Havana’s Floridita, the drink’s birthplace
• Having a refreshing mojito at the rooftop of Hotel Ambos Mundos in Havana
• Taking a guided tour of a cigar factory
• Checking out the French-influenced architecture at Cienfuegos

When to Go to Cuba

Cuba’s tropical climate makes it especially appealing during the winter, when visitors from cold locations flock to the sunny island. The rainy season runs from May to October, and temperatures and humidity run high, although summer is also a popular time for tourists, especially in July for Carnaval in Santiago. If you plan to visit Cuba between June and November, remember it’s hurricane season.

Articles about Cuba

To travel to Cuba—a short journey long-anticipated by many U.S. citizens and now, thanks to today's easing of travel restrictions, tantalizingly imminent—is, famously, to go back in time. Havana is imagined as a town caught in the 1950s, which is ...
It’s happening, people. Travel to Cuba just got as little easier, thanks to a new set of regulations that take effect today and expand on President Obama’s recent policy changes. The Department of Treasury dropped the amended regulations on the...
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Americans who want to see Cuba will have one less option at the end of this year, when the last of the educational (or "people-to-people") licenses that enabled 16,000 U.S. citizens to visit the island last year will expire. According to Taylor G...