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

Ever since the federal government announced new rules for visiting Cuba in early 2015, opening up the possibility of Cuban tourism for a broad range of Americans, eager travelers have been instructed to be patient. The tourism infrastructure in Cu...
The sugarcane-carpeted valleys of Cuba have, for centuries, produced some of the world’s best—and most coveted—rum.  With no shortage of the tropical spirit, Cubans have learned to mix this liquor with, well, just about everything. Improved rel...
Just 45 minutes out of Miami, about the time it takes to fly from New York to D.C., I am on a chartered jet circling over an island, a nation, and an idea. American tourists, some old enough to have been adults during the Cuban missile crisis, are...
Traveling to Cuba is about to get even easier. On the tail end of CubaKat and United Americas Shipping Services’ announcement that they will pursue ferry service to Cuba, U.S. officials have broken their silence as to whether the waterways will re...
Earlier this year, the American and Cuban governments sought to reestablish diplomatic ties, opening the floodgates for travel teases like nonstop flights and Airbnb accommodations. Now those keen on seeing the island via schooner can start planni...
During the heyday of Havana in the 1940s and ’50s, ferries were an extremely popular way to get from the United States to Cuba and back again. And now that the Obama administration is loosening travel restrictions between the two countries, Florid...
Travel to Cuba is taking another leap forward, care of airfare booking engine Cheapair.com, which is the first site to allow American travelers to book direct flights from the United States to Havana. Via the charter company Cuba Travel Services, ...
The approach to Trinidad, midway down Cuba's southern coast, is flanked by the foothills of the Escambray mountain range and a glittering Caribbean sea. Except for a few hand-painted billboards bearing slogans like "Patria o Muerte" and "Viva La R...
Peer-to-peer rental behemoth Airbnb has announced that Cuban properties are now available to book on its website. The more than 1,000 listings, nearly half of which are in Havana, come as the United States and Cuba work to normalize relations and—...
For last night's much-ballyhooed special edition of Conan, funnyman Conan O'Brien traveled to Havana, Cuba, where he, clad in a cream-colored suit, dined at a family-owned paladar (alongside statues of Jesus and Karl Marx), joined a salsa band and...