Cuba map: why holiday there?
Cuba offers the bleached and bored northern person wide, warm beaches, wild watersports and plenty of sun – like other tropical islands, but Cuba is also home to old and dilapidated Spanish towns, shabby American automobiles, a dynamic and popular music scene, a riveting history, welcoming locals – and the price is right!
It’s not all good though, as cuisine is questionable, crime is possible – especially if you plan to stagger the streets of Havana after far too many mojitos, and driving around Cuba, which should be a pleasure considering the lack of vehicles on the road, is made tricky due to the absence of signposts, presumably an invasion preventative.
However, all in all Cuba should be the first call for any Caribbean tourist who likes a touch of culture along with serious beach time.
Classic American cars for hire as taxis and tours, Old Havana, Cuba map.
Al Capone, USA’s most famous gangster, is supposed to have owned a holiday home in Varadero, and in fact there is a good seafood restaurant called ‘La Casa de Al‘. But though Al ran many prohibition-era operations in Cuba and frequently visited, he almost always stayed in a suite at the Sevilla Biltmore, an elegant hotel in Old Havana which still marks a suite on the 6th floor with his name.
And BTW, Varadero town is quite dull, with few restaurants, clubs or bars of any interest since the beach resorts are keenly all-inclusive, providing most facilities and activities that tourists require.
A view of Varadero beach in northern Cuba.