Trip to Cuba – City & Luxury Island Beach

By Gonzalo
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Our trip to Cuba was one of our most unforgettable travels. We wanted something special for a week, combining both city, culture and history, with the ability of some sightseeing and city tours on our own, but on the other hand relax at a paradise island.

We then decided for Cuba. It has everything listed above. 5 days in Havana and 5 days in Cayo Largo was a perfect set for our trip. We enjoyed so much this trip that we consider repeating in the near future.

In Havana we stayed at Hotel Nacional de Cuba, the most famous hotel in the Caribbean and one of the most popular in the world, famous for hosting celebrities for over 80 years ! It’s the ICON of Havana, National Monument and Unesco World Heritage since 1982. The hotel is quite expensive, but worth for the experience.


In Havana we had several days and explore the city and it’s famous sights. Here are the Top 10 Places you cannot miss in Havana:

1) Hotel National de Cuba (even it not staying, they have guided tours inside the monument)
2) Malecon
3) Bodeguita Del Medio
4) Fabrica de Rum Bocoy
5) El Capitolio
6) Old Havana (Habana Vieja)
7) Paseo del Prado
8) Plaza de la Revolucion (Jose Marti Memorial)
9) Plaza de la Catedral – Cathedral Square
10) Ambos Mundos Hotel – Hemingway

After visited Havana, we flew to Cayo Largo Island using Aerogaviota services, which were excellent. It’s a very small island, located just 180km (112mi), and 40min flight distance from Havana International Airport. The roundtrip is extremely cheap, costing only 100EUR per person. Cayo Largo island is only about 25 kilometers (16 mi) long and 3 kilometers (1.9 mi) wide, and claimed to be visited in 1494 by Christopher Columbus. There are no habitants in the island, except hotel workers who sleep at the hotels.

In Cayo Largo our choice was Sol Melia Cayo Largo Hotel. It’s a very romantic all-inclusive hotel, 4-star rated, with 294 rooms and perfect for couples. Some of their programs include ecological excursions, diving and fishing; turtle observation programs, including egg-laying and release of newborn turtles. The ocean is transparent as shown in the photos, it’s really a dream for people like me who like the quietness of an island, where you only hear the little waves and the birds.  We also did several tours around the island, rented a Jeep to explore on our own, and visited the Sea Turtle Hatchery, who helps turtles procriating and save little newborn ones from dieing. Did also a wonderful day excursion by boat to Cayo Iguana Island and we ate most of the time their famous grilled lobster.

It was definitely a trip to remember and do repeat, and thank you very much for both staff from Hotel Nacional de Cuba and Sol Melia Cayo Largo.

 

Disclaimer – Please note: some of the experiences listed here may have been sponsored, but this review is independent and reflects exclusively my personal experience.

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Gonzalo

Passionate traveler, entrepreneur, webdesigner and travel article writter. Based in Lisbon and experienced in tourism for over 15 years, with multiple ongoing projects, today traveling with his family. Also an avid tripadvisor user level 6 with more than 180.000 readers worldwide, helping thousands of travelers yearly to plan a perfect trip.