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Overview

Cuba is the largest of all the Caribbean islands and one of the most fascinating. It has a unique and eventful history, mirrored in the outpourings of its rich culture of music, dance, and socio-political innovation.

The island also has stunning landscapes, from the unique limestone plateau scenery west of Havana through tropical plantations to the rugged mountains and forests of the Sierra Maestra in the east. Cuba is liberally dotted with pristine sandy beaches and restored colonial towns. While the façades of the pre-revolutionary period remain, they sit alongside increasingly efficient new hotels, resorts, roads and other tourist facilities.

Journey Latin America offers a diverse selection of Cuba holidays, suited to all; whether you're a solo traveller, are looking to join a group tour, or are searching for a family holiday

Experience Cuba in comfort and style on our Luxury Cuba: Colonial classic and coast holiday. Stay in the country's top-of-the-range accommodation, explore the colonial streets of Havana and Trinidad, and soak-up the sun on the chalky white sand beach at the Caribbean island Cayo Santa María.

Join us for a group tour if you wish to explore Cuba together with like-minded people. On our Parakeet: Cuba beyond the beach holiday you'll get to visit colonial Havana, hike to Castro's revolutionary hideout in the Sierra Maestre and relax on the beautiful Caribbean beaches.

If you're adventurous in spirit, the most rewarding way to travel around Cuba is to drive your own hire-car. See the highlights of Cuba on the Self-drive Cuba: Best of the west holiday, or discover the less visited eastern end of Cuba on our Self-drive: Explore the east road trip. Walk around Havana's historic centre, drive through limestone landscapes in the Viñales Valley and explore colonial gem, Trinidad.

Contact our Travel Experts if you want to experience a Cuba holiday for yourself. We have 40 years of experience in organising award-winning trips to Central and South America, so you can trust us to book a trip to remember.

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Sierra Maestra

The weather in Cuba is wide and varied

As the largest of all the Caribbean islands, Cuba is replete with diverse landscapes. From the verdant limestone outcrops of the west to the unspoilt forests of the eastern Sierra Maestra mountains, here the climate remains deliciously hot all year round. There are two distinct seasons. December - May sees the most visitors, with less chance of rain, lower humidity and temperatures in the high 20°Cs. During the wet season from June - November, there is increased rainfall, higher humidity and temperatures which creep above 30°C. This is a less popular time to visit, though June can be a good option as the heaviest rains have not yet set in. Between Aug and Nov there is a chance of hurricanes and tropical storms.

Cubans love to celebrate, and there are colourful street parades and cultural events which take place throughout the year, usually accompanied by contagious drumming rhythms and traditional dancing. Carnival in July is one of the biggest affairs, with glittering processions and blowout celebrations igniting the streets of Cuba’s major cities and towns.

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Real Latin America Experts

  • Sophie Barber
    Sophie Barber - Travel Expert

    Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.

  • Paul Winrow Giffen
    Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Expert

    After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

  • Hannah Donaldson
    Hannah Donaldson - Travel Expert

    Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.

  • Charlotte in Bolivia
    Charlotte Daubeney - Travel Expert

    Charlotte's fascination with Latin America began with a family holiday to Belize. She went on to study Spanish in school and at university before spending a year living in Santiago, Chile.

  • Carrie Gallagher
    Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert

    A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.

  • Hannah Waterhouse
    Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert

    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

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