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.