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  • Video: a 1 minute guide to Cuba

    Video: a 1 minute guide to Cuba

    March 15th, 2017Colt St. George
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    From the gorgeous countryside of Viñales to the brilliant beaches of Varadero – not to mention the atmospheric, timeworn streets of Havana – Cuba is a beguiling destination. If you’re planning a trip, here’s some inspiration on where to go in Cuba:   Plan your trip to Cuba with The Rough Guide to Cuba. Compare flights,... Read more »

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  • 15 of the most romantic places in Cuba

    15 of the most romantic places in Cuba

    December 14th, 2016Greg Dickinson
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  • 18 brilliant pictures of life in Cuba

    18 brilliant pictures of life in Cuba

    December 9th, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    It has been a big year for Cuba. After US-Cuba relations were improved in summer 2015, an influx of tourists started to head to the country – the first half of this year saw an 11.6% rise in visitors on the previous year. Then, in late 2016, the former President Fidel Castro passed away, after years of... Read more »

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  • 12 tips for backpacking Cuba

    12 tips for backpacking Cuba

    May 10th, 2016Freya Godfrey
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    Cuba’s captivating, colourful streets and carnaval­ feel make it appealing for travellers year­-round. And, as relations with the US thaw, the country’s popularity has skyrocketed, with visitor numbers showing little sign of abating. Planning to join them? Start with our top tips for making the most out of backpacking Cuba. 1. Stay with a Cuban family Casa particulares are... Read more »

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  • Delving into the Daiquiri: Havana’s favourite drink

    Delving into the Daiquiri: Havana’s favourite drink

    February 24th, 2016Henry Jeffreys
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    Cuba’s cocktails chart the country’s ambivalent relationship with its neighbour to the north, America. This is most obviously demonstrated by the Cuba Libre – a blend of Cuban rum and Coca-Cola with lime – but it’s the Daiquiri that most associates with the capital, Havana. In the year when American visitors are finally allowed to... Read more »

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  • What’s new for Cuba in 2016? 10 developments to watch out for this year

    What’s new for Cuba in 2016? 10 developments to watch out for this year

    January 18th, 2016Matt Norman
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    Record numbers of visitors have been racing to get to Cuba ‘before it changes forever’ since President Obama’s historic announcement in December 2014 that diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba were to be restored. Since then the relationship has continued to warm, but there has been more speculation than tangible change as a result... Read more »

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  • Cuba: 10 travel tips for first-timers

    Cuba: 10 travel tips for first-timers

    December 29th, 2015Matt Norman
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    Cuba is an infinitely fascinating country and undoubtedly different from most places you’ve travelled. If you’re planning your first trip, take on board these Cuba travel tips from our expert co-author of the Rough Guide to Cuba, Matt Norman. 1. Stay in a casa particular If you want to get to know Cuba you’re going... Read more »

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  • The best beaches in Cuba

    The best beaches in Cuba

    November 10th, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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    Conjure up an image of the perfect Caribbean beach and you’ll find Cuba‘s generous shoreline fits the description perfectly: stretches of powdery, bone-white sand – often freckled with shady palm trees – and limpid, turquoise waters. And with so much coastline there are beaches to suit all needs: great swathes of golden sand groomed by resorts promise days... Read more »

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  • The allure of Old Havana captured on film

    The allure of Old Havana captured on film

    August 28th, 2015Emma Henderson
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    Old Havana, or Habana Vieja, oozes history. There’s nowhere else quite like this living museum of Cuban culture – a city where time stopped short and you’ll find stop-and-stare images everywhere you turn. 1950s American cars in blazing colours are parked on the edge of the road. Cycle rickshaws glide swiftly through the traffic. Narrow side streets hide buildings painted in... Read more »

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  • Budget trips: 20 of the cheapest places to travel

    Budget trips: 20 of the cheapest places to travel

    August 21st, 2015Emma Gibbs
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  • Cycling in Cuba: go before the cars rule the roads

    Cycling in Cuba: go before the cars rule the roads

    August 5th, 2015Matt Norman
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    In Cuba, the car is not king. For a country whose image for visitors has become so inseparable with classic 1950s American automobiles, this is a remarkably auto-free nation. The most recently available World Bank statistics (from 2011) indicate that there are just 21 passenger cars per 1000 people in Cuba (in the UK it’s... Read more »

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  • Havana: the city where time stopped short

    Havana: the city where time stopped short

    March 23rd, 2015Gilly Pickup
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    Gilly Pickup discovers the enduring allure of Cuba’s bright and breezy capital, Havana, the island’s cultural heart. Havana’s effervescence is palpable. The city is reminiscent of an old picture postcard come to life – awash with faded grandeur and crumbling ice-cream coloured buildings. Bartenders mix up mojitos in time to the hip-swaying, hypnotic sounds of salsa... Read more »

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