Cuba is a unique place, with a stunning architecture, a fascinating history and gorgeous white sand beaches combine with art, music, food drinks and culture that make this Caribbean island of 11 million people you have to experience for yourself. When you do, you will find that for all the finely grated silver dust sprinkled on the shoreline and for all the colonial treasures, most of all Cuba is simply the place that a gregarious, passionate and proud people call home.
Cuba, at 1,250 km/775 miles long and 191 km/118 miles wide, is one of the largest islands in the world (the size of England) and dominates the Caribbean landscape.
Cuba is home to 12 million people that are friendlier to visitors than most North Americans are told. Since the fall of Communism, the Cuban government has taken great steps to develop its tourism industry, and today more than three million visitors sample its Old World charm each year.
Cuba was Spain's main base in the New World and as such, serves as the Caribbean's great historical archive of 16th and 17th century architecture. Havana was founded in 1514 and Old Havana is now an United Nations World Heritage Site, receiving international aid to help restore many of its older buildings.
Still, Cuba remains largely unexplored by travelers, the majority of which stay on the Varadero peninsula east of Havana. The island is ruggedly beautiful, inexpensive, very accessible, safe and the people are among the friendliest in the Caribbean. If you are an explorer at heart and seek adventure in a friendly, uncomplicated, Old World setting, without hordes of tourists, put Cuba at the top of your list.
WHEN TO GO
Unlike other Caribbean destinations which have a very defined "high" and "low" tourist season, Cuba is the ultimate year round destination. It is the least expensive Caribbean destination to visit at any time of the year, but some of the larger international resorts offer slightly lower rates in the low season.
The high tourist season runs from November to April and coincides with the islands dry season. The low season coincides with the rainy season, which runs from May to October. However, Cuba's three mountain ranges tend to trap moist air all year round, so even in the dry season you can expect brief afternoon showers.
Summer temps average 25 C while winter temps dip to 15 C . Moderate trade winds temper the hotter summer months.
Cuba welcomes citizens of every country, Cuba Visa is on arrival, you must purchase visa card upon check in, before flying out, Americans can now utilize service of a licensed travel agent under OFAC programs. A number of airlines have regular daily and charter flights, contact us for more info.
WHAT TO EXPECT
If you are a resorts lover, almost all of them located in cayos and peninsulas of CUBA, 4 star and under will be slightly below to your expectations, 3 or 4 star hotel that cost approx 50-80$ a night to stay + food + drinks can not possibly deliver same standard of 3 or 4 star hotel elsewhere in world who charges you over 100$ a night with absolutely nothing free except for the eggy breakfast, choosing 5 star hotel is the right choice for people who expect some standard of service, and it cost as much as 200$+ for a night all inclusive which is still a fantastic deal. if your all inclusive vacation travel agent selling you a 800-1200$ 7 nights vacation, you are actually paying less than 500$ for staying 7 nights thats approx 70$ a night, considering the other half is your airline + airport taxes, if you prefer just get an airline ticket and let us arrange the rest.
Night clubs, restaurants, good ones are mostly located in new havana, a night out can cost as much as 500$ for a group of 4.
Arriving Havana; OLD HAVANA is really OLD CITY OF HAVANA, but thats not all havana, a cost of 5 star hotel suite in other parts of havana cost as much as 500$ a night, a villa approx 700-1000$ a night, luxury rent a car approx 500$ MINIMUM 3 DAYS, and requires advance reservation, A good meal for 2 will cost approx 50$ PLUS.
Cuba has the lowest crime rate in the Western Hemisphere. Even in neighborhoods that you would avoid in other major cities (such as much of Centro Havana) you are unlikely to suffer any incidents of violent crime. Incidents, which do happen, are generally tied into a... read osac report