Cuba - Twin Centre

Trish Griffiths on 25 December 2005
Our visit to Cuba was a twin-centre trip, with the initial three nights in the beautiful city of Havana before heading down to the beach resort of Varadero.

Combining the bright and brilliant city of Havana with a beach destination delivers the best of both worlds. It's the perfect tactic for those who want to experience the country’s top sights, best restaurants and trendiest bars without sacrificing some much-needed “me-time” on one of the Caribbean’s most idyllic beaches.

Arriving in Havana makes you think you have gone back in time 50 years. From the classic cars to colonial buildings, we couldn’t believe our eyes. Three amazing days were spent browsing Havana’s charming streets, eating traditional chicken, rice and beans and visiting many of its beautiful sights – we even nipped into a lively salsa club!

We then transferred by private car from Havana down to Varadero for our beach stay which took around two hours - a great road trip in itself. Many of the hotels down in Varadero are four/five-star all-inclusive properties, set yards away beautiful beaches with clear blue sea.

From Varadero, one popular trip is to swim with the dolphins, which many clients are always asking about. You travel to Varadero Marina where you would get on a boat trip to Rancho Cangrejo. On arrival, they give you a short talk regarding safety and what to expect from the dolphins - you then spend around 30 minutes interacting with the dolphins.

If you want to see more of Cuba, there are options for escorted tours, or for the more adventurous, there are self-drive itineraries. We visited for Christmas and New Year and the weather was perfect.

Cuba is very popular and often gets booked up well in advance, so I recommend you go soon before it starts to change.

Book your Cuba adventure by calling me on 07879 621768 or emailing