Romantic Cuba holidays
We went on our Cuba holidays for our first year wedding anniversary and stayed in a romantic couples resort on a beautiful island beach.
We traveled around the Caribbean’s largest island and visited many romantic destinations: secluded beaches, colonial towns and romantic restaurants. Here is our report on our romantic Cuba vacation.
Our Cuba holidays was a very memorable retreat and it was one of our most unique travel destinations — there is simply no place in the world like Havana or Cuba.
Cuba holidays: Top 10 romantic things to do and see
Take a stroll along the Malecón, the sea wall that links Old Havana to Vedado, and is popular with romantic couples.
Explore the Bellamar Caves - Ornate crystal sculptures, underground rivers and ponds, and indigenous pictographs.
Visit Santiago de Cuba - at the foot of the Sierra Maestra Mountains and overlooking a magnificent bay.
Visit Trinidad ( World Heritage site since 1988) A 500-year-old city will find Spanish colonial architecture, underscoring a colonial ambiance that marks the tiny city one of the country’s greatest attractions. Only a few square blocks in size, historic Trinidad is famous for its lovely, cobblestone streets, pastel coloured houses with elaborate wrought-iron grills, as well as majestic palaces and plazas.
Go scuba diving or snorkeling - expect to see brightly coloured fish, coral reefs and ancient shipwrecks. The sea here is at an average temperature of over 24 degrees all year round, with mild tides and no strong currents - One of the world's biggest coral reefs is offshore at Cayo Coco, and there are more reefs around Isla de la Juventud.
Catch a Live Cuban Music Performance at Casa de la Musica in Trinidad.
Horseback riding through the scenic sugarcane fields around Trinidad, or the hills and valleys of Pinar del Río.
Stroll around Old Havana - colonial buildings, elegant plazas, sweeping boulevards and narrow, atmospheric streets bristling with life.
Drink a mojito at Hemmingways' old haunt, the Bodeguita del Medio in Havana, one of Cuba‘s most celebrated restaurants.
- Take salsa lessons from locals.
Soak up some sun at one of Cubas' many romanic beaches anywhere from Playas del Este near Havana to exclusive island resorts like Cayo Coco.
Cuba holidays: Most Popular Beaches
Playa Ancon - A wonderful white-sand beach, just minutes away from Trinidad.
Varadero - Cuba's premier beach resort destination - Great choice if you're looking for a well-run all-inclusive resort loaded with amenities and activity options.
Cayo Coco is an island linked to the mainland by a 17km long road. A paradisiacal place with 22km of beaches and warm, crystal-clear waters, it became famous through Hemingway’s novels and remains an ecological havenUnspoilt beaches at Cayo Ensenachos.
Playa Santa Lucía - isolated resort with 20 km of white sand beaches and perfectly transparent, warm waters protected by the coral reef on the Atlantic. Still deserted and secluded in places.
Playa Maguana Baracoa - this white sand beach is picture perfect and makes for a great side trip from Baracoa.
Cayo Levisa (Pinar del Rio) - secluded romantic island with 3 km of white sand and sapphire waters.
Cayo Sabinal - If seclusion and pristine nature is what you are looking for on your romantic secluded vacation this brilliant beaches protected by stunning coral reefs and almost no facilities to speak of is the perfect secluded romantic island.
Cuba holidays: Romantic Hotels and resort for couples:
Hotel Santa Isabel - Havana. The former house of the Count of Santovenia was transformed into a luxurious inn.
- Old Havana
Royal Hideaway Los Ensenachos - This stunning 5-star resort is located on the exotic unspoiled Cayo Ensenachos on the North Coast of central Cuba.
Cayo Levisa - Cayo Levisa. Individual bungalows are built in two rows parallel to the shore and staggered so they all get an ocean view.
Cuba holidays: Romantic Restaurants in Havana
Ignore government run establishments in favor of Paladares - small, family-run, private home restaurant – reservations required.. Paladares are limited to 12 seats only (although they usually have more than that) and are known for the simplicity and authenticity of their food and for having very good prices compared to the good quality of the food.
Paladar La Cocina de Lilliam was our favorite romantic restaurant - it is set in a beautiful, romantic garden. Serves some of the best food you can find in the city.
Calle 48 No. 1311 entre 13 y 15.
Ciudad de La Habana.
Open: 12:00 - 00:00 hrs.
Must Call for Reservation (53 7) 209-6514
La Guarida (Calle Concordia # 418)
Located on the top floor offers fantastic food and a memorable dining experience. The famous Cuban movie “Fresa y chocolate “ was filmed here.
Paladar Vistamar (Av 1 btwn Calles 22 & 24)
Delicious seafood overlooking the crashing ocean. Located in a private residence in Miramar that faces the sea this romantic oceanside ambiance is highlighted by a beautiful swimming pool that spills its water into the sea.
Cuba holidays: When to go
The best time to visit Cuba is from December to April – May, since this is the dry season with lower temperatures. The warm and humid season runs from May till November. The hurricane season starts from June till November.
Getting to Cuba
Jose Martí International Airport - 9 miles outside Havana is the main gateway and is served by major airlines from points in Canada, Mexico, and Europe
To/from the airport: Bus and taxi services to the city are available (journey time - 1 hour by bus; 20 to 30 minutes by taxi).
There are also international airports at Camagüey, Cayo Coco, Cayo Largo, Ciego de Avila, Cienfuegos, Holguin, Manzanillo, Santiago de Cuba and Varadero.
There are no direct flights from the USA. USA citizens are not allowed to travel to Cuba without a permission of the department of the treasury in Washington DC. Some U.S. citizens ignore this law by travelling via Cancun-Mexico or Toronto-Canada - Cuban authorities stamp the tourist card instead of passport.
Many airlines fly to Havana or Varadero. from international locations
Martinair ( from the Netherlands and Belgium )
Condor ( from Germany )
Air France ( from France )
Iberia ( from Spain )
Air Jamaica ( from the UK )
Cubana ( from Canada – Mexico )
Bahamasair ( from Miami – Nassau )
Mexicana ( from Cacun)
From London to Havana it is 8 hours, and from New York to Havana it is 3 hours 30 minutes.
Cuba holidays: Havana to Key West, FL 96.4 miles
Cuba holidays: Havana to Varadero, Cuba 68.5 miles
Cuba holidays: Havana to Vinales, Cuba 87.8 miles
Cuba holidays: Havana to Isla de la Juventud, Cuba 93.3 miles
Cuba holidays: Havana to Santiago de Cuba 471 miles
Cuba holidays: Camaguey to Holguin 112 miles
Cuba holidays: Trinidad to San Cristobal (Pinar del Rio) 205 miles
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