Back in the Thirties, Varadero – on the north coast of Cuba – was Al Capone’s old stomping ground. Today the gangsters have gone and the holiday hotels have moved in – over 50 of them at the last count. This popular place is now the island’s Number 1 beach resort and you don’t have to look far to see why – the sand reaches along the Hicacos Peninsula for a whopping 20 kilometres.
Cayo Santa Maria
Anchored 100 miles off the north coast of Cuba, Cayo Santa Maria has all the castaway credentials. It’s part of the Jardines del Rey archipelago, which is formed of hundreds of keys and islets. Although it feels a million miles away, getting there is really easy – a manmade causeway links the resort to mainland Cuba.