If you have two weeks off and you want to spend some time sunbathing and in a wonderful beach, but you still don’t want to loose the opportunity to get in touch with a new culture, you should definitely visit Cuba!

Despite its political problems and its economical disadvantages, you will meet amazing people, always with a smile on their faces and willing to help you.
Our suggestion is to spend the first week visiting the main cities, and the second week in a beach resort – you will find the best ones in Varadero, one hour and a half away from La Habana, and Cayo Largo, a small island in the South of the country, where there is nothing but long sandy beaches to relax and enjoy the free-bar).

In La Habana, there is much to visit, so we suggest you to spend there at least three days.

Have a walk at sunset time on the Malecón (the seaside walk) as the locals do, and don’t forget to visit the Habana Vieja, the old town recently rebuilt, which will take your breath away for its colourful walls and incredible patios.

Don’t miss the Plaza Vieja and the Cathedral, which is also very close to La bodeguita del medio, the pub where Hemingway used to spend his evenings.

Other “must” are Plaza de San Francisco, the Gran Teatro de La Habana, the Capitolio Nacional, and the Morro (the old lighthouse).

Very close to La Habana there’s a great series of beautiful beaches, that can be reached by bus and where the locals go on their days off (Playas del Este).

You can find good hotels in the centre as well as on the seaside, but if you prefer to live in contact with the locals you can book a “casa particular”, a sort of bed and breakfast usually shared with the landlords or, if you are a small group, you can have it all for yourselves.

You can also book a tour guide, who generally is also the driver and can make you discover the real Havana.

Both ways, either if you wish to do a much more typical tourist kind of holiday or not, Cuban are used to host and greet people from all over the world, so you will not have any problem for most of your necessities.

If you have enough time to travel the island besides sunbathing on the white sandy beaches, our suggestion is to visit Pinar del Río, on the west of the island, which would take one hour and a half by car, but it worth the journey, because you will surely love the landscapes with the highest palms of Cuba and the tobacco and sugar plantations.

If you have two or three days to spend, enjoy a trip to the East of Cuba.

You will have the opportunity to visit amazing cities such as Santa Clara, Cienfuegos and Trinidad, incredible gems of Cuba, where you will be able to see many characteristics places and meet many locals who will make you feel like home.

Hoping that you enjoyed this post, we wish you would decide to discover the beauty of Cuba, we are sure you will love it!