Here in England the weather is starting to perk up a little with the arrival of Spring. However that doesn’t stop us longing for some real sunshine and a taste of summer. If you’re thinking of booking your next holiday why not try gorgeous Cuba. If the sandy white beaches & piping hot weather aren’t enough to convince you I’ve put together this list of 3 things to do in Cuba…
If you’ve been reading our blog for a while you will have come to realise we both love a cocktail! Seeing as Cuba is the birthplace of the Mojito & Cuba Libre as well as being a big inspiration for the Daiquiri, it’s safe to say I was in heaven.
Rum is super cheap over here as the legendary Havana Club is produced in (you guessed it) Havana! In fact, one of the excursions I would recommend is a tour of the rum & cigar factory’s. Not only does this allow you to see just how rum is made and the history behind it, you can also taste the raw sugar cane juice & sample some of the different types of rum. One drink I would recommend to anyone visiting Cuba is the humble Pina Colada. These are best freshly made and drunk straight out of a pineapple for the ultimate taste of summer!
If you’re not in the mood for a Pina Colada why not channel your inner Hemingway and head down to his famous haunt Floridita. Here you can drink in the vibe of the bar while sipping on one of his trade mark daiquiri’s.
While I’m not a massive fan of Mojito’s usually I thought it rude not to sample them while I was visiting Cuba & I was pleasantly surprised. I can’t say I’ve been converted but they definitely taste much better than any I’ve had here in England. If you don’t like to drink, why not try and alcohol free version (which I found tastier than the original)!
If you’re looking for nightlife be sure to check out a cabaret show. There are a few places dotted outside the main resorts in Varadero (your hotel may even have a show) that you can venture out to. I would suggest taking a trip to Club Tropicana though. This is included for some of the excursions to Havana that you get and it doesn’t disappoint. We chose to take a whole day trip to Havana with the evening spent in Club Tropicana. With this you get a bottle of rum included per couple (and some mixers of course) to enjoy while you watch the show plus a cigar for the men in your group.
You’ll get to see an impressive display of costumes and dance routines throughout the night while in the comfort of your seat and even get to join in at the end as the dancers visit your tables.
Cuba is packed full of things to do and places to explore. Many of the local tour guides offer a wide range of excursions from off-roading jeeps or racing speedboats to snorkeling, so you won’t be short of things to do in between soaking in the sun.
If you’re an adventure seeker don’t worry there’s some suitable activities for you to get your teeth into! We tried one such excursion that allowed us to experience off roading in our own personal jeep and then jumping into a speed boat to race down a river. You can also go swimming in a local cave (although be warned it’s pretty cold!).
If you’re looking for something a bit more historical why not soak in the sites with a day tour of Havana or one of the local rum/cigar factories. If you want something more relaxing there’s still plenty to offer. You can cruise a catamaran to swim with dolphins (if that’s your thing) or get taken to the hidden white sandy Cayo Blanco beach. Lots of places offer snorkeling as well as an option which gives you a chance to explore the marine life, if that’s still not your cup of tea then don’t worry you can always get a massage on the beach.
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