Best things to do in Cuba : Essentials

  • Best 5 things to do in Cuba : See a music Concert at la Trova
  • Best things to do with kids : Beaches in Varadero, visit the Caves
  • Best food to taste : Ropa Viaja, Lobsters, Arroz Congrí
  • Things to do in Cuba Havana : Take a daiquiri in Floridita, don’t miss a Sunset in Malecon
  • Best things to do in Cuba in 5 days : Havana, Varadero or Havana and Trinidad
  • Best things to do in one week : Havana, Varadero Trinidad or Havana, Viñales, Trinidad
  • Best things to do in 15 days : Havana, Viñales, Trinidad, Cienfuegos, Santiago de Cuba, Baracoa
  • Best activities for outdoor and Nature : Horseback riding in Viñales, Trekking 

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Best things to do in Cuba : The Unmissable

  • Sunset on the Malecón in Havana.
  • Take a Daiquiri in Floridita
  • Seeing a Concert in Trova Santiago de Cuba
  • Swimming in cristal water beach

Best things to do in Cuba : Cultural

Discover a coffee plantation
La Vuelta Abajo is one of the regions where some of the most beautiful coffee plantations in the world are located. The “Las Terrazas” community will allow you to discover the secrets of Cuban coffee making before offering you a tasting.

Visit a cigar factory

Impossible to leave Cuba without visiting a cigar factory! There are 2 major ones in Havana, very popular with tourists: the Real Fábrica de Tabacos Partagas, one of the oldest in Cuba, and the Real Fábrica de Tabacos Romeo y Julieta. The Vegueros factory in Pinar del Río is also worth a visit as it produces cigars that are renowned throughout the world.

You will have the opportunity to see the workers at work and admire their precise gestures, always identical in order to produce homogeneous cigars.

Cigar making is a true art that few people master. Your guide will explain to you the most important points, and of course will suggest you to leave with a box. Beware of scams: at the end of the tour, charlatans may be waiting for you outside, offering you copies of the real brand.

Learn more about the history of the island

An island with a strong history, Cuba abounds in places, museums and monuments reminiscent of the country’s highlights. The most famous place is Havana’s Plaza de la Revolucion, where President Castro set the crowds ablaze with his most emblematic speeches.

Visit a Tobaco Plantation

Visit the tobacco plantation of Alejandro Robaina, the creator of the Vegas Robaina cigar brand. You will be able to see the different stages of the production of tobacco considered one of the best in the world. Ideally to be visited between October and January.

Visit a rum distillery
Can’t go to Cuba without talking rum. To learn all about distillation, visit the Museo del Ron and the Bocoy factory. A very complete visit with the possibility to taste one of the best Cuban rums!

The Presidio Modelo

Located on the Isla de la Juventud, in the southwest of Cuba, visit the former circular prison where Fidel Castro was incarcerated from 1953 to 1955, along with many counter-revolutionaries.

Best things to do in Cuba : Wandering

The historic centre of Camaguey

The country’s third largest city was once one of the first villages founded by the Spaniards. You can walk through its winding streets and discover the old colonial architecture of the historic centre, which is very well preserved

Best things to do in Cuba : Sightseeing

El Palacio del Valle à Cienfuegos

A beautiful palace built in 1917 in an oriental style, where you can have a drink on the terrace and enjoy the beautiful view. To visit if you are going to Cienfuegos.

Best things to do in Cuba : Sharing with locals

Learning Salsa
A lively and sensual dance, salsa is omnipresent in Cuba. Cultural centres and dance schools offer classes starting at five euros an hour, but once night falls, all you have to do is listen and follow the music to find yourself on the dance floors of bars in Havana or Santiago de Cuba.

Attend a boxing match
If the opportunity arises, attend a boxing match. On match nights, people like to vibrate in the halls and shout their support for their favourite fighter. If you want to try your hand at the sport, there are many clubs offering contactless boxing initiation sessions.

Getting to the theatre

Folkloric or contemporary, the theatre in Cuba is a real institution. Take advantage of your stay to attend a performance. The offer is very varied and includes plays, but also operettas, operas and musicals. The quality of the performances ensures that you will spend a most enjoyable evening.

Best things to do in Cuba : Nature and Outdoors

Horseback riding
While it is fairly easy to find horse riding centres offering rides on the beaches, one prefers the quietness of the pine forest of La Mensura National Park. With a bit of luck, you will be able to admire the antelopes living in this alpine region.

Discovering the seabed

Whether in Cayo Largo, Guardalavaca or elsewhere along the coast, many diving clubs and schools offer you the opportunity to discover the aquatic fauna and flora. With translucent waters, colorful corals and fish in profusion, Cuba is a great place for scuba diving or snorkeling..

Topes de Collantes Natural Park

Located not far from the city of Trinidad, at an altitude of 700 meters, you can go hiking in the middle of the forest and especially swim in superb waterfalls. To see: the waterfalls of El Nicho (very North of the Parque Natural Topes de Collantes)

Explore the area around Baracoa

Located at the very east of the island, Baracoa is an ideal base to discover the forest and rivers of the region 

cordillera de Guaniguanico

in the province of Pinar del Río, is the main mountain range in western Cuba. Here you can see the landscape of the Viñales Valley and its ‘Mogotes’, rounded rocky mountains.

 Las Terrazas Biosphere

Las Terrazas is a community and nature reserve located in the west of Havana, designated as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1984. It was originally created to offer better living conditions to the peasants of the region. There is a village of about 1000 inhabitants surrounded by a 5000 hectare replanted forest, which can be visited on foot or on horseback.

Trekking in the Gran Parque Nacional Sierra Maestra

The Gran Parque Nacional Sierra Maestra is home to the largest mountain in the country: Pico Turquino. A hike will allow you to see rare birds as well as wild orchids and giant ferns.

Archipelago de los Canarreos

Discover the archipelago of los Canarreos by sailboat from Cienfuegos. To see: the white sand of Cayo Largo, diving or snorkelling at Cayeria Los Majaes, see the iguanas at Cayo Rico.

Best things to do in Cuba : Simple things

Smoking a Havana
Along with rum and Che, the cigar is the emblem of Cuba. It is in Viñales, the cigar mecca, that you must go to visit the plantations. An immersion in the heart of the Cuban soul.

Eat a Street Pizza

Try a Guarapo

Eat a Coppelia Ice Cream

Best things to do in Cuba : unusual things

Take the Hershey Train

A true antique, this electric train goes from Havana to Matanzas and allows you to discover the Cuban countryside.

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