Although I’ve been focussed on city breaks this year, when June rolls round my mind wanders to lazy days based on beautiful beaches, tropical cocktails and luxury summer breaks. In fact, all I used to do was go on one big blowout holiday a year to a Caribbean destination, and my last proper Summer break saw me head to the destination of my dreams – Cuba.

For me, it’s my first recommendation for a fantastically varied holiday – and here are just five reasons why an all-inclusive Cuba Summer holiday is well worth the investment.

1. Incredible beaches and luxury resorts

I’ve been to a few destinations in The Caribbean, but I’ve never come across beaches that I’ve been totally happy with. I’m not a fabulous beach breaker – I can’t swim, I burn easily and I kind of hate sand, but in Cuba I had to be dragged off it each day. The sand was warm and soft, and the sea such a wonderful shade of turquoise I frolicked it in each day. Unheard of for me.

The quality of hotels and resorts were also a huge surprise given the trading restrictions Cuba has to deal with. I stayed at the Iberostar resort in Varadero and was treated to all-inclusive luxury treatment from the second we arrived. Whether that was high class service, wonderful dining options or an opulent pool to pose in, Cuba gave me everything I could have wanted from a relaxing holiday.

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2. Interesting places to explore

Cuba is way more than just a beach destination, and whilst tempting you shouldn’t spend all your time in your resort. Even if those all-inclusive cocktails say otherwise! I travelled out from Cuba to both Havana and Trinidad for an overnight stay, explored Boca de Guama for an afternoon and rode a steam train around a sugar plantation in Australia. Yes, Cuba appears to like naming places after other countries.

There’s so much variety in Cuba – whether it’s the bustling cities with their 1950s Americana, cobbled streets and a slower pace, salsa dancing until the small hours or French colonial architecture Cuba has it all, waiting for you to explore!

3. Hidden rainforests

A huge surprise for me was that Cuba had a rainforest tucked deep in the mountains just outside Cienfuegos. You can hop in jeeps to wind your way up the mountains for an entirely different holiday experience. With a guide, you can hike through El Nicho National Park and find out more about the animals, insects and plants that reside there.

If that’s not enough, you can take a dip in amazing freshwater pools and see the natural beauty of El Nicho falls, nestled right in the heart of the park. If you need to walk off all that all inclusive food and want respite from the bustle of the cities, a day spent at El Nicho is worth it.

4. An unrivalled history

You can’t think about Cuba without thinking about its incredible, and often tempestuous history. I can’t be alone in having studied the Cuba Missile Crisis at school, and I’ve been obsessed with visiting and understanding more about Cuba ever since.

As well as the 1950’s cars that line the streets of Havana, visiting the birthplace of the Daiquiri (at El Floridita, where Ernest Hemingway used to hang out) and understand more about cigar and sugar production, you can also head to Santa Clara to visit Che Guevara’s final resting place. Che Guevara is a key figure in any retelling of Cuba’s history, and to understand more about him at his memorial and museum is a perfect tribute.

5. All of the rum + cigars!

So you’ve got beaches, luxury hotels and enough culture to shake a stick at? You’ll definitely be wanting a souvenir to take home, so it’s a good job that Cuba is famous for its Rum and Cuban cigars.

You can visit both rum distilleries and cigar factories, but to get a real feel for the cigar culture, Pinar del Rio is worth a visit. A city located right in the best growing terrain for tobacco, you can visit a fantastic cigar factory and get a feel for life in the slow lane. Alternatively, head to Havana for a huge range of cigar shops where you can purchase your own, authentic Cuban cigars to take home – Cohiba is my Step-Dad’s favourite brand, but Montecristo and Romeo et Juliet are other famous Cuban brands.

And whilst the UK loves Havana Club Rum, leave that on the shelf and pick something that the locals drink. Santiago de Cuba dark rum came home with me and as well as being the cheapest dark rum I’ve ever bought, it’s by far the nicest.

A Cuba summer holiday offers everything – luxurious relaxation, history and culture and an amazing infectious vibe that will stay with you long after you return. I can’t wait to go back!

This post was written in collaboration with Cuba Holidays

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  • Lara Oliveira

    Cuba is definitely one of the hot places to visit this year! I still haven’t been, but it’s 100% on my list!
    XO Miss Portmanteau | http://missportmanteau.com

    • I hope you to get to go one day! Thanks for commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Elizabeth Brico

    My mom is from Cuba and I have yet to go! I am so jealous of you. Wow that sky is sooo blue. My Abuelita LOOOOVED Varaderos, she always told me about the white sand and I have always wanted to go…she wanted her ashes to be buried there so I have a reason to go….but still need da $$

    • Yeah, it isn’t cheap but Varadero beaches are totally unrivalled! Thanks for commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Punita Malhotra

    Ask me three destinations i want to visit on this continent. Cuba, Cuba and Cuba. The vibrance and old-world charm has me completely fascinated.

    • Haha, that is exactly how I felt before I visited! I hope you get to go soon. Thanks for commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lien De Wispelaere

    I like the combination of culture, nature and entertainment you selected. Any recommendations on food?

    • Food is interesting as obviously Cuba has some import issues so not everything you’d expect is available. But Congri (spiced rice and beans) was always pretty good! Thanks for commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lena Drevermann

    I have been to cuba when I was a kid and I think I badly need to go back there… I remember those old cars and the guy making cigars… but I saw way too much beach and way to less rain forest, Havannah etc. it’s seems a great and interesting destination

    • The rainforest is AWESOME! Also Cuba is always changing now, so it would be worth a repeat visit. Thanks for commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

  • this is awesome because i only made it to Havana and Viรฑales. Havana doesn’t really have a great selection of hotels either so this is awesome information. I also didn’t get to make it to the beach so I’m excited to go back.

    • I never got to see Vinales – do you have any posts on it because I’d love to read up! Thanks for commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Oana A. Nicolescu

    This brings back some good memories. We just returned from Cuba two weeks ago and I have to say that I would love to go back anytime. We haven’t been to the beach – it looks like paradise, we visited just Havana, Vinales and Trinidad. We thought Cuba has more to offer than the beach but maybe the fact we are going to Caribbeans in September also helped with the decision. Looks like you had a blast in Cuba.

  • Anuradha Manjul

    Great post on Cuba. Cuba for most of the travellers is one of the most mystical countries.

    • It really is! Thanks for commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ariane Petit

    I absolutely loved cuba! You are so right with your post. I would definitely add a 6th reason… the friendliness of the Cuban people. Or did you have another experience?

    • Yes absolutely – you are right, their friendliness knows no bounds, and we felt really welcome, especially in Trinidad. Thanks for commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Neha Verma

    Cuba seems to have a lot in store. Beaches, waterfalls, a beautiful town, some wonderful architectures..all packed into one package. Definitely you have given me reason enough to visit here ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I hope you get to visit one day, it’s such a wonderful location! Thanks for commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Your pictures are great and I have heard so many positive things about vacations in Cuba. I would love to visit.

    • I hope you get to go there, it’s so awesome! Thanks for commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

  • El Nicho was one of the best parts of our trip – hope you get to visit! Thanks for commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I got stuck at the hidden rainforests! I mean really!! They look so very awesome. Whenever someone mentions Cuba my mind thinks of colourful streets ,vibrant doors and windows. This post got me acquainted to so many other aspects. loVE he beach shots!

  • Leigh Candice Dorkin

    Im really wanting to visit Cuba and all these reasons just made me want to go more. Now I just have to convince my husband! Haha

  • Awara Diaries

    While Cuba has been on my bucketlist for a while, some of these reasons were so not on my mind! Can’t wait to explore the local life there, even more so now.

  • Paula – Gone with the Wine

    We have been dreaming about visiting Cuba in next couple of years. It really looks like a place I want to explore before too many tourists get there. So colourful and full of history. Looks like you guys had a lot of fun.

    • My parents have just come back, and have said it is still as it was – not too much busier than before which is a good sign that tourism is not changing the area too much. Hope you get to visit soon!

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