Situated between the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas, Cuba is the largest Caribbean island. Famous for its cigars and political leaders, it has cosmopolitan cities such as Havana and national parks that include Parque Nacional Ciinaga de Zapata, the site of the Bay of Pigs invasion. It is also ideal for a beach holiday.
The best way to explore is to hire a car. Cuba car hire is easy to arrange as cars can be collected from the airports. Flights from London Heathrow (LHR) arrive at Havana (HAV). Havana is a great place to start as it is Cuba's capital and the centre of nightlife as well as having buildings from the colonial past. It became famous for the Rat Pack era of the 1950s.
In addition, other airports to pick up a hire car include Varadero (VRA), home to some purpose-built resorts and Cayo Coco (CCC) for exploring some tropical island beaches. For the beaches of the northern coast use Holguin (HOG) and Camaguey (CMW) airports and Santiago (SCU) if you are looking for good music and some colonial history.
Cuba boasts a stunning coastline which can be explored by car, with beach resorts such as Jardines del Rey and Varadero Beach offering snorkelling and diving. Nature lovers should visit Viiales and Reserva de la Biosfera Sierra del Rosario, which is recognised by UNESCO for its importance, in the Pinar del Rio Province.
Historical attractions include Santiago de Cuba and the World Heritage Site of Trinidad. At Santa Clara there is a mausoleum containing the remains of Che Guevara. With a hire car you can visit the tobacco plantations and explore the beautiful beaches.
The most popular time to visit is between December and April although the year-round sunshine and warm weather make it an attractive destination at any time.
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