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Colourful, intoxicating, beautiful and contradictory in equal measures, Havana is not only the gateway to Cuba’s many treasures, but also a highlight of any visit.

From beautiful colonial architecture and gorgeous plazas, to imposing communist statues, and classic American cars to energetic salsa clubs, Cuba’s capital city is a veritable cocktail for the senses.

Habana Vieja, the old centre, is the base for many visitors, with its restored buildings, cobbled streets, superb museums and burgeoning restaurant scene. Those looking to explore more of this fascinating city can stroll along the famous Malecòn, where the crashing of Atlantic waves competes for attention with the sounds of salsa, or take to the road in a classic Cadillac or Buik for a different perspective.

Now is a great time to visit Cuba. While the nation slowly opens up to the wider world, tourism is bringing new wealth to the country, however it remains unclear whether the unique cultural heritage and distinct sense of Cuba will be diluted in years to come as a result. In the meantime, amongst the many delights of Havana, it remains a city that faces a number of challenges and visitors are encouraged to approach with an open mind.

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Cuba Liveaboard

Promising unparalleled adventure, this trip combines all that is best about Cuba - above and below the water. Spend time in Havana and take in the country’s most exciting diving in the remote Jardines de la Reina.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,175 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip