General Description: The largest and most populous island in the Caribbean, Cuba has been the most popular Caribbean destination from Ireland for many years. It offers a vast range of activities aswell as an abundance of historical and cultural interests.
Old Havana which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must for every first time visitor (we recommend a min 3 night stay). With a turbulent history going back to the 1500’s, there is a huge amount of sites to visit. (Remember it is a third world country and things are not to the same standards as you would get in Europe). The city also has a vibrant night-life, with lots of salsa bars, restaurants and live music.
Varadero is best known for its 20KM’s of beach and yet despite the abundance of resorts never appears crowded. In the last 2 years many new excursions have started and a number of new bars & restaurants have opened in the main town.
Jardines del Rey which translates as ‘Gardens of the Kings’ as Columbus called them is a series of islands located along Cuba’s north coast that are linked to the mainland by a new causeway. Total unspoiled beauty and complete peace and relaxation is what this region offers.
Guardalavaca, sometimes known as the alternative Varadero is situated in the east of the country and is part of the Holguin district. It offers amazing diving with an unspoilt reef system and very pretty beaches. Holguin itself is lovely old colonial city to be explored while Santiago de Cuba is an excellent overnight excursion. There are a wide range of other day excursions available in this area.
Cuba has a lot to offer for those looking or adventure with many national parks, historic monuments, mountain ranges and lakes.
The Capital: Havana
International Airport: Jose Marti International Airport in Havana (HAV). Juan G. Gomez International Airport in Varadero (VRA) and Frank Pais International Airport in Holguin (HOG).
Getting There: Connections are available with Air France via Paris, KLM via Amsterdam and Virgin via London Gatwick to Havana.
Entry Regulations: Tourist visa costs €25.00 per person.
Departure tax: It is usually included in the purchased airline ticket.
Local Currency: Cuban Peso
Official Language: Spanish
Did you know: Havana is host to a quarter of Cuba’s population and the city lays claim to being the most beautiful town in the Caribbean.
Cost of living: Cuba is possibly the lest expensive Caribbean island. Especially in the markets you can hardly spend money.
Local Currency: Cuban Convertible Peso. Travelling with Euro is recommended. Cuban currency can only be bought on the island.
Official Language: Spanish.
Don’t Miss: Cuba is a place full of fun so try and see the Carnival of the Caribbean – Santiago de Cuba, in July or the Carnival of Havana in February.