Why Cuba is going to be the next great holiday destination

Since President Obama reopened Cuba on January 16th, everybody’s excited about the prospect of travelling to this exciting destination. Baroque Access takes a look at what we can expect when we get there…

 It will be a while before we will find it easy to travel to Cuba, but don’t despair - the travel industry is getting ready for the hordes. Already, travel search engine Kayak is offering information about flights and more than 300 hotels in Cuba. But booking your holiday won’t be that easy for a while yet. In addition, until airlines get up and running to and from this delightful destination, Americans will have to make do with connecting from other countries.

Americans wishing to visit the country still have to apply for a visa, so make sure you get all the paperwork done before you go on holiday. Be aware that direct flights on commercial airlines will take about a year, but in 2016, you’ll be able to book direct flights via American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue Airways and United Airlines and numerous others.

Of course, the prospect of visiting this fascinating country will make it a very popular destination, and once legislation about travelling there on holiday is made clearer later this year, every travel company worth its salt will be offering bookings to Cuba.

 So what’s so special about Cuba?

This charming country is located on an island. It’s famous for its huge cigars and excellent rum as well as for some very beautiful beaches that offer a variety of stunning water sports and fun in the sun.

Cuba’s capital, Havana, is a joy to explore. The Old Town is a historic maze of aging pastel-colored Spanish Colonial buildings that have been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The city is alive with jazz musicians, bars, cafes and outdoor markets, so make sure you spend at least three days exploring here. Of course, Havana is also the heart of the political revolution, and on Plaza De La Revolucion you’ll find the famous images of guerilla warrior Ché Guevara staring down on you.

 The country offers all sorts of other interesting cities to visit, including Santiage De Cuba, located on the south-east edge of the island, which is an elegant Spanish-inspired city. There’s also Pinar Del Rio in the west, nestling in lush green mountains, home to the country’s successful cigar industry, and Trinidad, in the center of the island, which is another UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 Trinidad is a perfect depiction of Cuba, with its pastel-colored buildings lining cobbled streets and retro Cadillacs parked on the streets. Numerous dancing schools offer visitors the opportunity to learn how to dance the Salsa, and you can practice your skills at the many bars around town that are open till the wee hours. Just a few minutes from the city is a lovely beach that’s worth visiting during the day to soak up the sun.

Of course, Cuba is synonymous with fun in the sun, and there are many fabulous resorts where you can enjoy the sun and the sea, a variety of water sports including snorkeling and scuba diving, as well as a vibrant nightlife. Varadero, located on a peninsula just off Cuba’s northern coastline, is the country’s main resort. It’s modern and vibrant – and it’s hard to believe it’s just 100 miles from traditional Havana! There are a number of quieter, more tranquil resorts if you head further east along the northern coast, which is a paradise full of palm-lined beaches. The resort area on the south coast is another popular choice; located just outside Trinidad, it’s famous for its beautiful sand beaches.

To book your next holiday in Cuba, contact Baroque Travel ,  info@baroquetravel.com or call +1212-726-0711