Continent: North America
Capital City: Havana
Currency: Cuban Convertible Peso/Cuban Peso
Year I Visited: 2018
Everything you’ve heard about Cuba is probably true. It is ridiculously colourful, ridiculously musical and just so different to anywhere else I’ve ever travelled. You really do feel like you’ve travelled back in time, not just in terms of the country itself but as a backpacker – this is travelling without internet, without Google Maps and without any sense of predictability. It’s an absolute joy.
My Cuba Highlights
Here’s where I got to in Cuba. Click the destination name for related blog posts.
Usually used just as a hop off point for package holidays, the city of Holguin itself is often ignored. But if you are landing here, it’s a great way to ease yourself into the bizarre world of Cuba at a more leisurely pace.
Well worth venturing east for, Santiago de Cuba has got an abundance of soul. It’s nigh impossible to wander the streets of this city (at any time of day) without hearing some sort of live music performance. You’ll leave this city smiling, that’s for sure.
A photographer’s dream, with colourful buildings, cobbled streets and the odd horse clip-clopping by. Trinidad is the perfect place to kick back, grab a mojito and relax. Plus, there’s a pretty nice beach nearby too.
Famed for its colonial architecture, Cienfuegos is a pleasant city with some fantastic open spaces and is definitely worth stopping for a couple of days.
There is definitely something about Havana. Cuba’s capital cannot fail to captivate you – from its huge, sweeping Malecon, unique and eclectic bars and picture perfect architecture. This is quintessential Cuba.
If you tire of Cuba’s colourful cities, Viñales provides a literal breath of fresh air. Its scenery is almost Jurassic and it’s easy to get lost down a meandering trail, far away from the rest of the world.