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 US and Cuban governments began reestablishing diplomatic ties, travel companies have been clamoring to do business in Cuba. And that includes cruise lines. Haimark Line, a small-ship luxury cruise operator, recently announced pla...
With the Cuban Embassy reopening in Washington, D.C., this week, room-sharing service Airbnb says it will cover the cost for U.S. travelers booked to stay in the country. The Cuba refund will apply to trips booked prior to July 20 for travel be...
A Florida bank established the first connection with a Cuban counterpart since President Obama’s December decision to open up relations between the two nations. Stonegate Bank and Banco Internacional de Comercio S.A. (BICSA) signed a deal on Tu...
For months T+L has been covering the restoration of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba. Today, after more than 50 years, the Cuban government is opening an embassy in Washington, D.C.  To watch a live feed of the opening, pres...
Cuba’s extensive network of casas particulares made Airbnb’s launch there about plugging into something existing, rather than starting from the ground up. As Kay Kühne, Regional Director for Airbnb in Latin America, explained back in April, “the c...
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When Ernest Hemingway departed Cuba in 1960, he left behind the kind of pack rat’s stockpile a literary scholar can only be grateful for. His home of over two decades, a white stucco affair in the rural neighborhood of San Francisco de Paula, abou...
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