A Family Holiday Guide to Cuba

Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean, famed for its beautiful beaches, rich culture and vibrant capital. With plenty of attractions, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy. Here’s our guide on what to expect and what not to miss out on.

Beaches

With more than 300 beautiful beaches to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice. This diverse ecological landscape is home to some of the finest beaches in the Caribbean. You’ll find beaches of all shapes and colors, from ones lined with swaying palm trees, to ones with dramatic limestone cliffs. The golden sands of Varadero Beach is one of the most popular, stretching over 20km. With calm waters and a gentle sloping shore, it’s the perfect spot for small children to build sandcastles. For adults, the year round climate ensures the sea remains crystal clear, making it perfect for exploring the reef on a diving excursion or snorkeling from the shore. 

Natural Wonders

Once you’ve relaxed under the Caribbean sun, it’s time to enjoy one of the many adventurous activities on offer. The Varahicacos Ecological Reserve in Varadero is excellent for a family hike. There’s plenty of trails to choose from and you can explore hidden caves, which come complete with ancient paintings. The Bahía de Naranjo Nature Park is also great for long walks and is home to a tourist favorite; a dolphinarium. This is sits within the sea and the dolphins are free to leave at any time. You’ll also spot sea lions and can watch as the animals leap into the air and do tricks.

Culture

Cuba has no shortage of historical sights, or traditional events which visitors will find to be both fascinating and enjoyable. In the capital, Havana be sure to visit the largest square, known as Revolutions Square. At its center you’ll find an impressive monument dedicated to national hero, Jose Marti. Visitors can take a lift to the top for a stunning, panoramic view of bustling capital. There’s also a museum where you can learn more about the country’s history. A visit to the Old Havana is also a fascinating day out. Take a stroll through the winding streets and you’ll fall in love with its old world charm. There’s also plenty of nice cafés to enjoy a traditional Cuban feast. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to the Catedral de San Cristobal – one of the oldest of its kind in the Americas.

With an endless amount of activities to be enjoyed, we’ve barely scratched the surface. From its lively annual carnival to the friendly locals and delicious cuisine, it’s all waiting to be explored on your next family holiday.

Images by neiljsBud Ellison and Jaume Escofet used under the Creative Commons license. 

This is a guest post.

Tom Haleforth is a life-long travel addict, and has spent the last 10 years travelling in and around Central and South America and the Caribbean. When he’s not travelling, he is writing about it. He lives and works in London.

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    • Jenna September 12, 2015 / 9:26 pm

      I don’t blame you – it looks beautiful there!

      One day Karen, one day! ;) xx

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