Today, it holds an estimated population of around 11 million people and is an attractive destination to all kinds of visitors who are looking to explore Cuba for themselves.
Why travel to Cuba? Here are just a few reasons why you should take a holiday to Cuba with our handy guide to a gloriously nostalgia-steeped island.
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The gorgeous climate
Cuba has a semi tropical climate and the thermometer registers an average high temperature of 27ºC and a minimum of 21ºC, with the exception of in the mountains.
The chances are you’ll be spending pleasant days in the nation’s capital, La Havana, where temperatures strive to melt thermometers by entering the thirties.
The country isn’t without rain, though, but this tends to be greater in the mountains than in lowland parts of the country.
Cuba has proven throughout the ages that it has some serious fighting spirit, battling against outside forces and also some of its own governments.
This has produced legendary leaders such as Fidel Castro. There was also the drama of the Cuban Missile Crisis in the 1960s, which finally came to an end when Russia withdrew its nuclear weapons from the island.
The capital, La Havana
The writer Graham Greene felt that ‘Anything was possible’ in La Havana — which makes you want to book a Cuban holiday purely to see what all the fuss is about!
What you’ll find when you arrive is a colourful, endearing city that has its own unique personality. Citizens coolly cruise the streets in 1950 Cadillacs or Chevrolets. Some happily step out into the streets with their hair in rollers while they get in the groceries.
You’ll see kids playing with basic toys, rather than the all singing, all dancing, digital toys of today. It’s like taking a refreshing step back in time — and no one is in a rush!
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There’s no disguising it — Cuba has soul. You’ll come across lots of street musicians, strumming guitars, beating away on percussion instruments or making merry with other instruments, entertaining the passers-by and earning some Cuban pesos in the process.
Santiago de Cuba is the go-to city for learning about rhythm — just about every genre of Cuban music has originated on its streets. And the concept of ‘two left feet’ is virtually unknown!
This is the place to learn to sway to the music. Many of the leading hotels play host to outstanding musicians all year round.
Cigars and rum
Cuba is the place to smoke the finest cigars. In 2016 the country exported more than $445 million dollars worth of cigars worldwide. You might fancy trying a Cohiba, rumoured to be specially rolled for Fidel Castro, with the rich flavour of a glass of Habana Rum - bliss!
Cuba is a destination that allows you to really get away from it all. Take in the sights, the sounds and the vibe with a Saga holiday to this magical island.
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