Cuba is in a sort of time warp. Not in a bad way by any means, as this factor is a large part of its unique allure. Brightly painted vintage American cars from the 1950s, horse drawn carts in the villages both make for fantastic photo opportunities, as do the brightly coloured carnivals and festivals that spill out onto Havana’s streets. In the evening, Havana comes to life with many trendy clubs and bars to satisfy night owls.

Historically, Cuba hasn’t always been an easy place to travel to and from for political reasons, but things have changed in recent years and the island is now supremely accommodating to visitors. Without a doubt, Cuba holidays 2014 are perfect for a beach experience that is unlike any other; plus its alluring natural charms and breathtaking scenery are definitely worth your time.

White Sands

Cuba’s countless natural beaches and coastal bays are jaw droppingly beautiful. Playa Paraiso and Playa Sirena both lie to the western end of the island and are characterised by fine white sands that descend gently into the crystal waters of the Caribbean. Varadero is quite well developed as a beach resort, so would appeal to the all inclusive set and those who want their amenities on hand. Another hot spot, but perhaps a little more low-key than Varadero, is Guardalavaca. Its lush vegetation and clear turquoise waters make it the ideal place to unwind.

You might like to try a bit of snorkelling while here too. In fact, snorkelling is definitely one to add to your to do list while in Cuba as huge fishing and transportation boats are a no-no making it ideal for an undisturbed snorkelling session. Playa Megano and Playa Ensenachos are similarly both stunning too. If you want to venture beyond the tourist radar, Cayo Jutias with its miles of sands and driftwood sculptures is ideal.

Natural Beauty

Other natural attractions include the Vinales Valley with its impressive limestone formations jutting out of the earth. There are plenty of hiking, biking, bird watching, and rock climbing opportunities for the adventurous. Baracoa is a beautiful bay, a tropical paradise with its 10 rivers, lush vegetation, and El Yunique, the flat-topped mountain that will undoubtedly catch your eye. Rafting and boating opportunities in Baracoa are plentiful too. Another beautiful spot for hikers is the Parque Nacional Topes de Collantes with its densely forested mountains, not far from Trinidad, where you can lose yourself in the midst of paradise.

Summing up

Undoubtedly there’s plenty to see and do in Cuba. If warm turquoise waters in a tropical paradise, along with great nightlife appeals, then you could do no better than taking a holiday on this beautiful island of contrasts.