Don't be fooled by it's shabby and dilapidated facades, look beyond and there are treasures hidden within the very dust that settles on this often misunderstood place.
Trapped in another time on the heels of an economic crisis that lasted for more than 50 years, this is a place where the unexpected should always be expected, and thats the very thing that makes it such an interesting country to visit.
One of the most fascinating things about Cuba is how much of their colonial past remains. Without the interference of modern society, its cities remain closely aligned to the days when pirates roamed the Caribbean, with cobbled streets and market squares telling tales of history long since past. Many buildings had fallen int ruin, but have structurally stood the test of time and as investment increases, developments, homes and retro-fitted pop-up restaurants have found their way into this magical, historical place.
This is a great time to visit Cuba as the well known brands are still nowhere to be seen, but modern innovation is beginning to sow its seed and creative minds are experimenting. From quaint cafe's and pop-up restaurants to art exhibits, museums and galleries, the rural feel of Viñales to the urban development in Havana, there's a sense that the country has been kissed by its prince and is just beginning the slow process of waking up from its slumber, and the transformation is magical.
With high's ranging from the mid-20's to early 30's year round, Cuba's drier season comes between November and April,while it's rainy season is May to October. The warmth of the Caribbean Sea and the fact that it's across the entrance to the Gulf of Mexico, make the country prone to hurricanes which are most common from September to October.
From abandoned coffee plantations and swamps infested with crocodiles in the lush inland and harsh mountains, to the white sandy beaches scattered across the north shore, this magnificent country must be seen to be believed and is well worth a visit. Book your next trip now.
When to visit
If you're planning a holiday in Cuba, our top picks for the best time to travel would be February and April
Perfect for visiting in February, the weather is sunny and dry during the day - great for exploring cities and beautiful sandy beaches. Daily increasing temperatures invite partying into the evenings
Hot without being unpleasant, the sun reaches its peak in the early afternoons. April's International Dance Festival and Biennial visual arts event showcases Havana at its glorious, colourful best.
Cuba Blog posts
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16th November 2017 by The Daily S'elfEssential guide to Havana, Cuba
So you’ve read my know-before-you-go guide to Cuba, and now you’re eager to learn more. In this post I’ll delve deeper into where to eat, sleep and drink in Havana. What to see and what not to waste your time on. Since the majority of people who visit Cuba will spend some time in the capital, I’ll dedicate this blog to the big city. I’ve marked everything mentioned in this guide on a Google map at the end of this post. Next up will be other cities and towns on the island, where to go...