experience the culture and cuisine.
experience the amazing architecture of a bygone era..
experience unique activities.
experience the rural countryside.
The food, the music and arts, the tropical beaches and classic cars – what’s not to love about a trip to Cuba. Just 90 miles off the U.S. coast, the Caribbean’s largest island offers a glimpse into another world that seems remote and from another time.
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Planning a trip to Cuba is more complicated than most other destinations, and is only permitted to U.S. citizens traveling under certain permits and restrictions. Our Cuba experts can arrange all the details and facilitate your Cuba travel experience, arranging transport, accommodations and guides.
Hotels & Resorts in Cuba
Many of Cuba’s hotels aren’t up to U.S. standards and availability is falling short of demand. There are some boutique hotel options we have available, as well as privately staffed home rentals we can arrange.
TravelStore works with suppliers in Cuba that operate smaller tour groups, or that can arrange private tours, while also assisting in securing hotel rooms for our guests.
We offer many opportunities for Cuba travel: customized private or group tours to Cuba. Regardless, given the paperwork involved, a trip to Cuba is not inexpensive.
Did you know?
Cuba has a literacy rate of 99.8%, one of the highest in the world..
Ernest Hemingway lived in Cuba for 20 years and wrote “The Old Man and the Sea” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls” there.
Cuba is one of the safest countries in Latin America, with little violent crime and popular for solo female travelers.
With few owning cars, many Cubans hitch-hike. Government vehicles are legally obliged to pick up hitchhikers.
The world’s smallest bird, the Cuba hummingbird (5cm) and smallest frog (10mm) are native to Cuba.
More About Cuba
Much of contemporary Cuban culture and the uniqueness of the Cuban environment in the Western world will qualify as an adventure for some. But, for those looking to get even farther off of the beaten path, here are a few suggestions.
Spend a day in a vintage air-conditioned car on a Mafia tour of Havana or Hemingway’s Cuba, or visit artists in their homes or explore the history of Cuban art in Havana’s excellent art museum. Dine in some of Cuba’s best paladars on lobster and local specialties and afterwards enjoy incredible live performances.
Make sure you attend at least one musical performance, as well. Taking in that afro-Cuban sound with its reliance on the old-world rhythms and new-world jazz influences is the stuff that memories are made of. Eat a Cubano sandwich and enjoy café Cubano every day you’re in the country. Tour a cigar factory and purchase some hand-rolled Cubans for yourself and the folks back home (just avoid buying the cheap imitations on the street). While you might get to a beach, beach vacations are still not promoted as a legitimate activity for American visitors.
Or spend the day touring the Museum of the Revolution, located in Old Havana in what was once the Presidential Palace of all the past presidents of the country. There, travelers will discover interesting exhibitions dedicated to the revolutionary war of the ‘50s, including the yacht aboard which Fidel Castro traveled from Mexico to Cuba.
Learn to roll your own cigars while in country. You most likely already have a Cuban cigar factory tour on your list of must-sees in Cuba. Why not take the experience one step further, and take a quick class on how to hand-roll your own cigars? You may not leave with anything worthy of smoking that you made with your own hands, but the experience will be worth it in and of itself!
Visit Hemingway’s home in Havana; though it may be locked when you get there (thanks to thieves raiding the home of collector’s items), you can still look in the windows and take in the view from the porch where Papa once sat.
Rent a classic car and tour Havana or Santiago de Cuba. Thanks to the trade embargo, there are very few vehicles in Cuba that are less than sixty years old. Many classic cars can be rented (some with drivers) to tour the cities and surrounding country in style.
Plan your adventure to Cuba today. We work directly with our travel partners in Cuba who are knowledgeable experts. Whether you’re hoping to visit multiple locations, or planning to fly into Havana and use the city as your base of operations, wandering the city and the countryside one end of the island to the other, you can enrich your Cuban vacation experience just by calling one of our Cuba travel experts today and let us plan your trip the right way.
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