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Cuba Holidays 

Cuba is an island of rolling green hills, huge mountains and tropical beaches. Cuba holidays are like travelling back in time to a world unlike any you could imagine. Grab a camera and dive right in.

30 °C

The temperature throughout the year is 15°C to 30°C but can be lower if you’re high up in the mountain ranges. Cuba lies in a hurricane area and can be affected in summer months.

10 hours

Jardines del Rey International Airport: Located on Cayo Coco itself, very close to resorts and hotels.

Frank Pais International Airport: 8 miles from Holguin and a 20 minute drive. 60 minutes to Playa Pesquero and Guardalavaca.

Book a cheap holiday to Cuba with Airtours and see history in action on the streets of Havana, or enjoy the luxurious beaches of the Jardines del Rey islands. 

Featured holidays in Cuba

Sol Cayo Guillermo

Cayo Guillermo, The Cayos

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Directly on the beach
  • Friendly and homely atmosphere
  • Ideal for a relaxing hotel-based holiday

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 3641 reviews

Reviews
Based on 52 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 705

IBEROSTAR Mojito

Cayo Coco, The Cayos

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Overlooking the beach
  • Range of activities from dance lessons to watersports
  • Drinks and snacks available 24hrs a day

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 3433 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 705

IBEROSTAR Daiquiri

Cayo Guillermo, The Cayos

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Striking beachfront location
  • 24hrs All Inclusive
  • Relaxing and informal

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 3522 reviews

Reviews
Based on 35 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 709

Blau Costa Verde Beach Resort/Blau Costa Verde Plus

Playa Pesquero, Holguin

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Beachfront setting
  • Situated in a beautiful and peaceful area
  • A perfect 'get away from it all' destination

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 2797 reviews

Reviews
Based on 7 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 716

Memories Varadero Beach Resort

Varadero Resort, Varadero

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • 24hr all inclusive
  • Overlooking the beach
  • A perfect holiday choice for that typical Cuban feel

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 5652 reviews

Reviews
Based on 22 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 730

Memories Holguin Beach Resort

Playa Pesquero, Holguin

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Five swimming pools
  • Choice of four à la carte restaurants
  • Directly on white-sand Playa Yuraguanal beach

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 1294 reviews

Reviews
Based on 16 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 740

Brisas Guardalavaca

Guardalavaca, Holguin

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • 24hr All Inclusive
  • Stunning views over Guardalavaca Beach
  • Regular daytime activities and evening entertainment

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 3775 reviews

Reviews
Based on 55 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 742

Cuba’s tourism market is expanding every year and finding cheap deals that’ll get you on the beach in no time isn’t too hard. Cuba is a large country filled with lots of different things to see and do. Travel east to Holguin and the beaches of Guardalavaca or go up to the Jardines del Rey, a group of stunning tropical islands. 

Wandering the streets of Havana, taking cocotaxi trips and exploring the old town is a must for anyone who wants to see the real Cuba. If you dream of sun, sand and catamaran day trips, have a look at our range of amazing beach holidays in Cuba.  

 

Cayo Coco has an impressive population of pink flamingos and for anybody who loves animals, this area is a must-visit. The Jardines del Rey aren’t just a haven for these strange birds though and there is much to look at under the water. With SCUBA diving and some excellent snorkelling sites, you can see tons of tropical fish. It’s not only sand and sea here though, the Jardines del Rey have lots of forests and wildlife to discover too.

Water sports are big in Cuba and you can be as energetic or relaxed as you want when choosing to get out onto or into warm coastal waters. Take a trip with friends and family on a banana boat, potter close to the shore in a pedalo, or try the adrenaline rush of a powerful jet ski.Want to water ski but never done it? Take some lessons. It's like falling off a log. Two logs really unless you're on a wakeboard!

Beach holidays in Cuba don’t get better than Cayo Coco and Cayo Santa Maria in the Jardines del Rey and Guardalavaca in the Holguin district. These locations are family friendly, are packed with activities from water sports to boat trips and provide plenty of cultural sights like craft markets to explore. Relax in style with an All Inclusive holiday and visit other cays for beaches all to yourself.

Cuba is best for

Culture and history lovers: This proud country has its own culture and everything you see is 100% pure Cuban.Colourful and playful, Cuba has beautiful colonial buildings, winding streets and amazing cathedrals.  

Families: With a huge population of pink flamingos, the Jardines del Rey area is great for families. There’s clear water, tropical fish and excellent reef swimming, so both children and adults alike will fall in love with the cays and islets.

Explorers: From cigar factories to coffee plantations, Cuba is filled with exciting things to do and places to explore. Tours are easy to arrange and you can ramble around cities or go walking high up in the mountains.


Fast facts

Language: Spanish 

Currency: Cuba has a dual currency, one for tourists and foreigners and one for locals. The Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC) is the tourist currency and is equal to 1 US dollar. The Cuban Peso (CUP) is the local currency and there’s 24 to 1 CUC. As a tourist, you are allowed to use both currencies and the CUP is useful for small things like street food and local taxis.

Size: Cuba is the 17th largest island in the world.

Flight time: You can fly direct from London to Havana in 10 hours but for other Cuban airports you will likely need to connect in Europe or Canada, extending the travel time to around 14 hours.


Weather and climate

Temperature: Cuba has a mix of terrains, from verdant hills and mountain ranges to white sand beaches. Nevertheless, the temperature remains between 15°C and 30°C all year round with a sea temperature of 24°C to 29°C. 

Best time to visit: Cuba is driest between December and February and can suffer from hurricanes between June and October. Rainfall is usually heavy but brief and the sun soon comes out again.


Getting around

By taxi: In Cuba, taxi journeys are a rite of passage and you better have your camera prepared to snap everything from the cocotaxis to old style American cars. State owned taxis are called Panataxis and there are also collectivos, taxis that will take several passengers on a set route. The use of meters is not to be relied on and you should agree on a price beforehand if no meter is present. 

By hire car: Hiring a car in Cuba is not as easy as it is in many other countries. Cars can be hired from airports and through some hotels. Beware of poorly signposted areas, badly maintained roads and busy traffic in cities.

By bus: Long distance buses in the form of Viazul Buses are modern, comfortable and usually have toilets. These buses do affordable trips between cities such as Havana and Varadero. Other buses are mainly used by locals but are a great experience and will be cheaper than the Viazul.


Events

For partygoers: Santiago Carnival in late July and Havana Carnival in mid to late August are festival extravaganzas that have to be seen to be believed. Their histories both go back centuries and the streets fill to the brim with parades, music and dancing. 

For music lovers: Grab a drink and a bite to eat and settle down to hear some fantastic jazz. The annual Havana Jazz festival is a huge event held in December and truly lights up the streets with dance and sound.

For dancers: Fancy learning how to salsa? A week of workshops, concerts and classes on all Cuban dance styles kicks off at the end of November each year in Havana and gives everybody a chance to take part.


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