Cuba. The country is synonymous with Che Guevara, vintage rum, and cigars as chunky as grandpa’s fingers. It’s the biggest of the islands in the Caribbean Sea, and basks in year-round sun and comfortably-warm temperatures. Beach-wise, Cuba rolls out all the Caribbean stereotypes. White sand, warm seas, waxy palms – the whole shebang.
Arrive in the famous capital, Havana, and you’ll feel like you’ve taken a trip back in time. Baby-blue Buicks from the Fifties are the motor of choice, while the architecture is a mishmash of Art Deco and colonial styles. Flamboyant cabaret clubs, like the well-known Club Tropicana, and El Floridita, Ernest Hemingway’s watering hole of choice, are just a couple of places to add to your to-see list.
Cuba’s most famous holiday destination, Varadero, is a two-hour drive east of Havana. The resort stretches its way along the Hicacos Peninsula, a ribbon of sand – more than a kilometre wide, by 20 long – that juts out from the island’s north coast. It basically means that, wherever you stay, you’ve got one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean as your backyard.