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Cuba, anyway you want it

On this site you find examples of what we can organise for you: camper, scooter and e-bike rentals, any type of accommodation across the country and a fine selection of activities and excursions. With these elements you can start building your trip to Cuba.

If required, we take care of all transfers and other form of transportation you may need to combine the different destinations in Cuba

  • Authentic Fifties car driven by a private chauffeur
  • Modern cars with or without private chauffeur
  • Regular taxis
  • Minivan, for up to 7 passengers
  • Scheduled bus services across the country
  • Domestic flights
  • Chartered catamaran with its own three-strong crew, that can transport you across the Caribbean waters

If you are not sure where to start or if you have your own ideas and would like us to help organise your trip to Cuba: we are just a call or e-mail away! Ideas for your trip? Tell us everything!

PRINCIPAL DESTINATIONS IN CUBA

Our destinations

HAVANA – CITY OF CITIES
HAVANA – CITY OF CITIES

Havana’s old town, La Habana Vieja, was founded in the 16th century by the Spanish and exudes history with the numerous fine monuments. Havana is one of the most dynamic cities in the world, an incredible open-air museum of architecture, art and culture. The old city centre is always buzzing and colourful 50’s vintage cars are strikingly present. Besides the plazas (squares), cathedrals, picturesque alleys and palaces, there’s the emblematic seafront promenade of Havana, referred to as the ‘Malecόn’. The quay wall – corroded by salty water – accommodates todo Havana, from fishermen to amorous couples, musicians and entire families. This is indeed, Havana’s outdoor living room.


MARIA LA GORDA – DIVERS' DREAM
MARIA LA GORDA – DIVERS' DREAM

At the westernmost tip of Cuba lies the hamlet of Maria La Gorda, where only one hotel can be found – aptly named the Hotel Maria La Gorda. According to legend, this ‘Fat (La Gorda) Maria’ was a Venezuelan lady who was captured by pirates and finally dumped in this remote area on the Guanahacabibes peninsula. What happened to Maria after that remains a mystery, but the hamlet is now named after her. What is known is that this area attracts scuba-diving fans from all over the world, who come for the crystal-clear waters (with an average temperature of 24-30 degrees Celsius)
and the unique underwater landscape, which offers the chance to explore fascinating shipwrecks, caves and a wide variety of corals, including rare black coral.


VINALES VALLEY – RURAL COUNTRYSIDE
VINALES VALLEY – RURAL COUNTRYSIDE

The wonderful Viñales Valley lies in the lush splendor of the Pinar del Rio province, west of Havana. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the region is dotted with tobacco fields and surrounded by hillsides of 'mogotes', craggy shaped limestone formations that rise like giant cones from the earth. This is the area where the best Cuban cigars are produced. Experience rural Cuba, where the pace of life is exceptionally peaceful. Expect to see ox-carts in the fields, smell the fragrant leaves in the tobacco sheds, and take in colorful farms as children wave at you as you pass. A reminder of the beautiful simplicities in life.


CAYO LEVISA – HEAVEN ON EARTH
CAYO LEVISA – HEAVEN ON EARTH

Cayo Levisa is considered a little bit of heaven on earth. Visitors to this beautiful small island come for the tranquillity and the clear waters that surround the shores. Taking a walk on the white sandy beach, followed by lunch with feet-in-the sand and perhaps a relaxing massage before you nestle in your hammock with a good book, is a perfect way to spend the day. If activity is on the list, snorkelling and diving are among the top options, as one of the best preserved coral reefs in Cuba is located in this protected area. The water sports centre offers all facilities.  

There is just one hotel on the island, the Hotel Cayo Levisa, consisting of charming rooms that are scattered on and around the beach. Simply wonderful to see, smell and hear the sea from your room terrace. This in itself could be a reason to come and stay at Cayo Levisa, an unpretentious yet unique place, so different than the big beach resorts.


SOROA & LAS TERRAZAS/SIERRA DEL ROSARIO – ORCHIDS & WATERFALLS
SOROA & LAS TERRAZAS/SIERRA DEL ROSARIO – ORCHIDS & WATERFALLS
  • The Sierra del Rosario biosphere reserve is a mountain range in the provinces of Pinar del Río and Artemisa, west of Havana. Adorned with some of Cuba’s most beautiful natural sights, Sierra del Rosario boasts some of the country’s most beautiful waterfalls and orchid gardens, and is deemed to be one of the country’s best birding sights. The Sierra del Rosario enfolds the ecotourism destinations Las Terrazas and Soroa.
  • Historically, French Haitians settled the area around Las Terrazas in the late 1700s with coffee plantations as their primary agricultural enterprise, some of the very first in the New World. Unfortunately, they were unable to maintain large-scale operations and eventually began to fell trees for charcoal and led to significant deforestation and the destruction of the hillsides of the area.
  • Nowadays, Las Terrazas is part of a 5,000 hectare nature area where an ongoing project aims to provide sustainable economic development based on the use of natural resources. It dates backs to 1968 when the Cuban government launched a massive reforestation project, which included the creation of a village where approximately 1200 people maintain a largely self-contained community. The village, built around the beautiful Lake Lago San Juan, is home of several artists.
  • In Soroa, expect to find Nature with a capital letter: fanning palm forests against green hills, rivers, waterfalls, native flora and fauna and orchid gardens.

VARADERO – 20 KMS OF BEACH
VARADERO – 20 KMS OF BEACH

Varadero is Cuba’s number one beach destination and one of the most famous beaches in the Caribbean. Varadero beach boasts more than 20 kilometres of fine white sands and an array of beach resorts and water sports facilities. The destination is also known for the excellent golf course at Las Americas Varadero Golf Club, where you can improve your swing at the sea shore. Last but not least: you can combine a beach holiday with a cultural stay: the capital Havana is a mere 2 hrs driving time from Varadero, perfectly combinable.


PLAYA LARGA – BAY OF PIGS
PLAYA LARGA – BAY OF PIGS

Playa Larga is located on the Zapata Peninsula, on the south coast of Cuba. A paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. The ‘Cienaga de Zapata’ National Park protects Cuba’s most important wetlands. The area, a biological mirror of the Everglades in Florida, includes swamp forests and mangrove thickets that harbor hundreds of species of flora and bird species. Birdwatchers from near and far come to explore the excellent trails here. Other inhabitants are reptiles, including crocodiles, and native mammals, such as the pygmy jutia.

Travelers also come to the Zapata peninsula for the colourful underwater world. Along the coast are beautiful snorkel sites and excellent diving opportunities. You can also take a dip in a cenote: the 70 meter deep Cueva de los Peces is the most spectacular, a challenge for cave divers.

Playa Larga is the most important base, a pleasant coastal town, located on the 'Bay of Pigs'. This 'Bahia de Cochinos' became world famous for the US-backed secret operation that took place here on April 17, 1961. There is a museum dedicated to that (failed) invasion in nearby Playa Giron.


CIENFUEGOS – PEARL OF THE SOUTH
CIENFUEGOS – PEARL OF THE SOUTH

Cienfuegos is also known as the 'Pearl of the South'. This charming port city is home to French-inspired architecture and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Make sure you visit the eclectic Palacio del Valle and the central park’s Tomás Terry Theatre, a 19th-century architectural gem. Also worth visiting is the Punta Gorda peninsula, which was once an exclusive residential area but has now been transformed into a quaint seaside neighbourhood. The area’s beautiful wooden houses often have vintage cars parked in their driveways.


TRINIDAD – COLONIAL SPLENDOUR
TRINIDAD – COLONIAL SPLENDOUR

UNESCO World Heritage Site Trinidad was founded in 1514 and is Cuba's best preserved colonial city, and arguably its most beautiful too. The picture-perfect town is relatively unchanged from Spanish colonial times, complete with horse-drawn carriages that clatter down its cobbled stone streets. The colonial center is compact, making it asy to explore on foot. Nightlife in Trinidad is famous. There are places to dance and hear traditional music. Just walk in any venue where there’s music, you will have a good time.


SANCTI SPIRITUS – PEACEFUL SPIRIT
SANCTI SPIRITUS – PEACEFUL SPIRIT

Sancti Spiritus is a picturesque colonial town that’s surprisingly overlooked by many tourists – it’s a real hidden gem with charm to spare. Located on the banks of the river Yayabo , the settlement of Espiritu Santo - now Sancti Spíritus - is a perfect destination to enjoy the spirit of a quiet colonial city. It is a place of narrow, winding streets, lending itself to meandering strolls where you’ll see colonial buildings such as the Parroquial Mayor, one of several examples of the Spanish Baroque style here. The Yayabo Bridge, with its medieval roman appearance, was built by the Spanish in 1815; it is the city’s symbol and pride.


SANTA CLARA – CITY OF 'CHE' GUEVARA
SANTA CLARA – CITY OF 'CHE' GUEVARA

The city of Santa Clara is synonymous with Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara and the Cuban Revolution. In December 1958, Che Guevara led the attack on an armoured train in Santa Clara, that belonged to the army of General Fulgencio Batista. This action marked the end of the dictatorial regime of Batista and was a turning point in favour of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution. Santa Clara was taken by Castro’s Rebel Army on December 31, 1958; Batista fled Cuba less than 12 hours later.

The site where Che Guevara derailed Batista’s troops trains is known as Tren Blindado (Armoured Train), and can be visited. Some carriages are preserved; in one of them is an exhibit. The main attraction of Santa Clara though, and a place of pilgrimage for many, is the Monument to Ernesto Che Guevara. Built 20 years after his death, the impressive mausoleum houses the remains of Guevara and those of the 16 combatants who died with him in Bolivia in 1967.


REMEDIOS – A COLONIAL BEAUTY
REMEDIOS – A COLONIAL BEAUTY

Founded in the early 16th century, Remedios is one of the oldest cities in Cuba. The entire city is a national monument. When you arrive, you’ll discover a picturesque, quiet town, where you’re well and truly off the tourist trail and can experience authentic Cuba. One of the loveliest spots is Plaza Marti, so find a bench and take some time to enjoy the magnificent surroundings – including colourful colonial buildings, majestic monuments and palm trees.

Combine the culture in Remedios with a beach stay in nearby Cayo Santa Maria. This paradise island is part of the 'Jardines del Rey' archipelago, connected to the mainland by a spectacular bridge road that also links the islands of Cayo las Brujas and Cayo Ensenachos.


CAYO SANTA MARIA – POWDERY WHITE SAND BEACHES
CAYO SANTA MARIA – POWDERY WHITE SAND BEACHES

Cayo Santa Maria is part of the ‘Jardines del Rey’ archipelago. It is a small island of sixteen kilometres long and two kilometres wide. The Cayo is connected to the Cuban mainland by an almost 50km-long causeway. On Cayo Santa Maria the sun, sea and beach come together in perfect harmony. The sand is powdery and white, so white that it almost hurts your eyes. The turquoise shades of the sea are more beautiful than a picture could ever capture. The longest beach stretches for over ten kilometres, perfect for long walks, Meanwhile, there’s great diving and snorkelling on the nearby coral reefs. The island offers some of the most popular all-inclusive resorts, catering to visitors of all ages.


CAMAGUEY – THE HEART OF CENTRAL CUBA
CAMAGUEY – THE HEART OF CENTRAL CUBA

The city of Camaguey, in the heart of central Cuba, boasts a raft of beautiful historic buildings at every turn. Camagüey was one of the 7 original Spanish settlements in Cuba, founded in 1514.

The city was a pirate magnet; it was so besieged by buccaneers, the city moved twice in the 1500s from its original locations (near Nuevitas on the north coast and along the Caonao River), until finding permanent home at its current site. To this day, navigating the oldest parts of Camaguey can be a challenge, as the city’s mazy street plan with only one exit, was designed intentionally to discourage pirates like Henry Morgan who invaded the city periodically. Getting lost in the winding streets here is like a traveller’s rite of passage and a great way to get in touch with Cuban daily life. 

The historic centre of Camaguey has been declared a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site in 2008.


HOLGUIN BEACHES - PLAYA ESMERALDA/GUARDALAVACA
HOLGUIN BEACHES - PLAYA ESMERALDA/GUARDALAVACA

The main reason travellers come to Holguin, is for the gorgeous beaches that are located approx. 50 kilometres from Holguin City. The beaches in this area are mostly nestled in bays, surrounded by lush countryside and the magnificent Naranjo (orange tree) Bay, fringed by mangroves and dry forest. The natural environment in this part of eastern Cuba is simply stunning, very different than the beaches in western Cuba. Besides the obvious sun-sea-sand holidays, visitors to this area can enjoy the excellent scuba diving and snorkelling options. But also, a beach stay can be perfectly combined with cultural trips to interesting nearby places.


PINARES DE MAYARI – WELLNESS IN NATURE
PINARES DE MAYARI – WELLNESS IN NATURE

Only few international travellers come to the green mountains of Pinares (pinewoods) de Mayari in Holguin province. It may be due to the isolated location, as well as the challenging road to get there. The reward however, discovering the beautiful, lush landscape in this remote part of eastern Cuba, is big. Here, you will find La Mensura National Park with the magnificent waterfall ‘Gran Salto del Guayabo’ as one of its main attractions. This area is the perfect destination for hiking, bird watching and enjoying wellness in a completely natural way; you can swim in rivers, bath in natural pools and take a shower under a waterfall. And all this without having to share the trails and the water sources with the busloads of nature enthusiasts. Instead, a local guide will lead you over the lonely paths through this fairy-tale natural splendour.


GIBARA – A HIDDEN GEM
GIBARA – A HIDDEN GEM

Gibara is less than 50 km from Holguin City. It is a pretty town, a rustic fishing port overlooking the Bay of Gibara. It is the kind of place where the locals leave their doors open and invite you into their homes. The one time a year the sleepy streets come alive is during the yearly ‘Festival Internacional del Cine Pobre’, the festival of low-budget cinema, Latin America’s most important film festival for independent filmmakers. Creative spirits flock to Gibara where the films are shown at the ‘Cine Jiba’, the only cinema in town, and street parties spring up sponteaneously.

For the remainder of the year, the town is blissfully tranquil, off the tourist trail, preserving its authentic charm. This may change though, as independent travellers are discovering this hidden gem, surely one of Cuba’s best kept secrets.


BAYAMO – CITY OF THE ANTHEM
BAYAMO – CITY OF THE ANTHEM

Bayamo is Cuba’s second oldest city. It also has the historic honour of being known as the capital of the First Republic in Arms during the independence struggle in the 19th century. In 1869, Bayamo’s residents decided to set fire to their own city rather than surrendering to the Spanish colonialists. Bayamo is also where the Father of the Nation, Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, was born, as well as the place where the words and music of the National Anthem - still used today — were created. The anthem was sung for the first time on October 20, 1868; today this auspicious date is when the annual Day of Cuban Culture is celebrated.


SANTO DOMINGO – TURQUINO NATIONAL PARK & COMANDANCIA LA PLATA
SANTO DOMINGO – TURQUINO NATIONAL PARK & COMANDANCIA LA PLATA

The gateway to Turquino National Park is the hamlet of Santo Domingo. There is only one hotel within the national park, the Villa Santo Domingo, consisting of wooden bungalows in a beautiful garden near the river Yara. The park enfolds Pico Turquino, the highest point of Cuba, with an altitude of 1974 meters above sea level. The Turquino National Park is also the starting point for the trek to ‘Comandancia la Plata’, the secret headquarters of Fidel Castro during the Cuban Revolution.


SANTIAGO DE CUBA – CAPITAL OF MUSIC
SANTIAGO DE CUBA – CAPITAL OF MUSIC

Santiago de Cuba boasts the strongest Caribbean spirit of the entire island. Santiago once was the most important port for the slave trade and the largest center for the flourishing sugar, coffee and tobacco industry. The multi-ethnic groups in Santiago form a truly exotic melting pot of cultures, reflected in the city’s many festivals. Santiago is also referred to as Cuba’s 'Capital of Music', and is the country’s second-largest city. With a rich history and many attractions, Santiago de Cuba is an inspiring city full of wonders. Close to Santiago is El Cobre, the most important pilgrimage destination in Cuba, nestled at the foothills of the Sierra Maestra. Here at the Basilica of El Cobre, you will find the Virgen del Cobre, which is worshipped by Catholics and devotees of the Cuban Santeria-religion equally.


BARACOA – CUBA'S OLDEST CITY
BARACOA – CUBA'S OLDEST CITY

Founded by Spanish conquistadores in 1511, Baracoa is Cuba’s oldest and easternmost city, nestled solid against the ocean. Since Baracoa could only be accessed via the sea until 1964, it has retained a unique identity, culture and cuisine. These days you can travel via the ‘Carretera de La Farola’, a spectacular drive that takes you from Santiago de Cuba to Baracoa along La Farola, a rugged road with hairpin bends, in about five hours. On the way, you will witness fantastic vistas and spectacular scenery, including high-peaks dominated by pine forests.

Due to its isolated location, Baracoa is visited relatively infrequently by tourists. Nevertheless, as a destination it is truly beautiful, and the city’s old forts make it especially interesting for people wanting to explore Cuba’s fascinating culture. Cacao plantations adorn the region, and the flat-topped mountain 'El Yunque' rises high in the distance. Also, Baracoa has retained its distinctly colonial charm. The cobble-stoned streets are lined with one-story homes - some wooden – with weathered tiled roofs and rocking chairs on the porches.

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Our agency is legally established as a foreign enterprise in Cuba, allowing us to have direct contracts with the main incoming tour-operators and DMC's on the island e.g. Havanatur, Cubanacan and Ecotur. We also have contracts with the major hotel chains in Cuba, e.g. Melia (34 hotels), Iberostar (19 hotels), Blue Diamond (13 hotels) and ROC (3 hotels).
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