Cigars, Castro & Coconut-laden palms…Cuba

Cigars, Castro & Coconut-laden palms…Cuba

I would LOVE to go to Cuba and have heard so many great stories from friends who have visited, but have not yet been fortunate enough to get over there myself yet. So, until that time comes I will just have to live vicariously through them!  Thanks to this sponsored post, courtesy of Thomas Cook, I’ve now got a bit of a heads up on what kind of thing I (or you if you still haven’t been) can get up to when I do visit…

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What springs to mind when you think of Cuba? Cigars, Castro and coconut-laden palms? Cuba is all of these things and much, much more. Whether you’ve got a thirst for adventure or a thirst for a fruity cocktail in a beach hut, the fabulous Caribbean island of Cuba is happy to oblige. After all if it caught the attention of Christopher Columbus, it’s bound to have plenty in store to stir up your imagination – whatever type of holiday you’re after.

If you’re looking for holidays in Cuba with an adventurous twist, there are plenty of activities on the table. Trek through the Punta Hicacos Nature Reserve – a small protected area based on the north-eastern tip of the Hicacos Peninsula. Here’s you’ll find dense forestry, a lovely lagoon and cacti, not to mention ancient cave paintings in the Ambrosio and Musalmanes caves. Or, head to the Bahia de Naranjo National Park near Guardalavaca. Here you’ll find a much bigger stretch of protected land featuring beaches, a coral reef, woodland, swamps and caves.

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If you fancy your Cuban adventures a little on the wet and wild side, Varadero has some superb dive sites with corals and sunken wrecks. Dip beneath the waves and explore a rainbow-coloured world that’s teeming with tropical marine life, boasting various fantastic species from moray eels and lobsters to rays and reef sharks.

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For those with a penchant for the big city, head to hip Havana for superb colonial architecture and rumbling American 1950s cars, or head to Cuba’s second-largest city, Santiago de Cuba, to explore a vibrant city that dates back to the 16th century.

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And of course if all that sounds a little too much like hard work, you can always kick back on one of Cuba’s stunning white sand beaches. Lay back and peer through the fronds of an overhead palm at cloudless blue skies, while you listen to the sound of waves tumbling onto the beach, and the distant tinkle of children’s laughter. Ah, that’s paradise…

 

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