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Top Tours Destinations – Places to Visit during Cuba Vacations

Places to Visit during Cuba Vacations

Havana is a wonderful place that seems to be stuck in time. Nowhere else in the world can you see cars from the 1950s still used on the road. Cuba has captivated the interest of people around the globe. Everyone is curious how Cubans live despite being isolated for a long time, and that’s why a lot of people want to go on Cuba tours.

 

Cuba vacations are filled with interesting people and places. Your Cuba travel will surely be worth your time. You might even be tempted to extend your stay in the island nation in order to visit places that you didn’t manage to go to, or were not part of your tour.

 

The best thing about Cuba is that there are places that are only a couple of minutes away from Havana. Below are some of the out-of-town destinations that will make your Cuba vacations more memorable.

 

Jibacoa

 

Jibacoa is a coastal area that is a must-visit during Cuba tours. It is just an hour away from Havana. The coastal area has several beaches and features that include cliffs and caves. The best thing about Jibacoa is that tourists have not discovered it yet. One of the best spots in the fishing village is the Playa de los Artistas, which is a secluded beach known to be the best snorkeling spots in the country. Other activities that you can do in the village include caving, hiking, and enjoying the sun.

 

Soroa and Las Terrazas

 

Soroa and Las Terrazas are two small communities found in the western part of Cuba. They are also just an hour away from Havana. They are accessible to most Cuba tours and provide visitors with a place to relax and unwind for a day or two. Because it is near the mountains, the air is fresh in the area.

 

Soroa is home to an orchid garden and research station that has more than 700 species of orchids. The best time to visit the town is between December and March. That’s when the flowers bloom.

 

Las Terrazas is the perfect destination for nature lovers during Cuba vacations. There you can find a zipline canopy tour that starts from the hotel and goes over the village. While there, you can also visit the ruins of various French coffee plantations.

 

Playas del Este

 

Playas del Este is just a 20 minute drive away from Havana and is one of the most popular Cuba travel destinations. There are more than a dozen beaches in the area, and all of them feature fine white sand. One of the most popular beaches is the Santa Maria del Mar, which has the cleanest and finest sand. Keep in mind that the Playas del Este can get really crowded during the summer months, especially during the weekends.

 

These are the top destinations that you should consider during Cuba tours. The island nation has a lot more to offer than the places featured on this list. You can consult with a people to people tours provider to find out the out places to visit in Cuba.

 

References:

 

https://www.anywhere.com/cuba/destinations/las-terrazas-soroa

http://www.gettingstamped.com/playa-jibacoa-cuba/

https://www.anywhere.com/cuba/attractions/playa-del-este-beach

http://www.jibacoacuba.net/index.html

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/soroa/introduction

 

 

Vacationing in Paradise – Learn about Your Havana Trip

Vacationing in Paradise – Learn about Your Havana Trip

While researching for your weekend tour in Havana, you may find sources guiding you on where to eat, sleep, stay and dance.

Why not use this opportunity to learn about the culture and mannerisms of Havana.

Vacationing in Havana – An Experienced Opinion

Common Courtesy is Expected

This means extra pleases, thank yous, notes, hugs and personal interactions. Cubans are old school. If you want to establish trust, you will need to show them that you’re willing to connect with them. Treat them like family. Be nice and maintain eye contact when you talk. They’ll only show more care through their gestures.

Don’t Talk Politics

Although you may be tempted to start a political conversation; don’t.

Cubans consider it impolite and invasive if you start harping about their political situation without taking their environment into account. They know that things are run quite differently in their country. So there’s no need to brag about your home base if they don’t want to hear it.

You Might Have Credit Card Issues in Havana

Havana doesn’t have credit card machines. And the ATMs don’t work for American cards since U.S. doesn’t allow such cards to work in Cuba. Bring cash and avoid all the hassle. Reserve an amount for each day and bring some extra money along so your funds don’t fall short.

Don’t Just Stick to Habana Vieja

While Habana Vieja is beautiful, you can’t disregard the rest of Havana. Many local areas such as Vedado and Miramar are gorgeous and offer a lot of great restaurants and galleries as well. So you may have a better chance of sticking to those locations if you want a destination that keeps your entertained and your tummy full.

The Locals will Compliment You

Especially the men!

Cuban men are very chivalrous. When Cubans compliment you, they genuinely think you are gorgeous. It’s just a part of their culture.

However, if you feel unsafe, understand that the men there will also be the first to keep you secure. In fact, many will accompany you as well if you go anywhere late at night.

So here’s some information that may help you prepare for your Cuba trip.

Want to know more? Then ask us when you contact us to confirm your booking!

Travelling to Cuba

5 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting Cuba

As an underestimated tourist destination, Cuba is somewhat of a mystery, especially to those who haven’t traveled much. And while a search on Google presents you with some information, there isn’t exactly a guide telling you exactly what a trip to Cuba entails.

Here’s what you need to know…

Cuba is known for its vibrant culture and equally beautiful landscapes. But to enjoy it all, you need to know some details so you can plan your trip properly.

1. You Need to Plan Well

You might want to think twice if you’re planning a spontaneous getaway. Although there are relaxations in travel restrictions to Cuba, you can’t simply list “I need to lie on a beach and drink mojitos” as your reason for visit.

Americans traveling to Cuba travel under 12 visa categories so you may need assistance from a travel agency like ours to work your way through the paperwork and technicalities.

2. Use a Reliable Search Engine for Flights to Cuba

Finding affordable flights to Cuba can be difficult. Many search results offer information on flights leaving the US but they will warm you that you can only buy them if you have a visa. In addition, they’re also quite expensive so that can be problematic as well.

Groups Plus Flight offers complete information on deals and prices for flights to Cuba and other destinations as well. So you’ll have no problems choosing the best option according to your budget.

3. Tours are a Better Option

3.Tours are a Better Option

If you want to have a problem-free trip, buy a tour before coming to Cuba. Travelling during your vacation can be a hassle, especially if you’re coming to Cuba to relax. By choosing a tour, you’ll have the luxury of seeing everything Cuba has to offer without particularly searching for it.

However, you can choose to explore as well if you’re willing to travel by foot or public transport.

4. You Need to Tell Your Bank You’re Travelling to Cuba

Otherwise you might get your bank account frozen!

The U.S. does not allow any American to pay or withdraw money using a debit or credit card in Cuba. So you may benefit by simply bringing cash along with you, since Cuba is a cash economy. However, don’t get your dollars exchanged. Instead, bring Euros or British Pounds from the U.S. and have those exchanged instead, since the U.S. Dollar gets charged a 10% fee in addition to the exchange rate.

5. Learning Spanish will help

Locals are way friendlier to those tourists who at least show that they’re making an effort to connect with their country. Remember; you’re going for the Cuban experience.

Hopefully, the above information should provide you with enough details to plan your trip to Cuba without any hassle.

#CubaDiaries! 5 Reasons Why You Need To Go On Cruise

#CubaDiaries! 5 Reasons Why You Need To Go On Cruise

Thanks to the relaxation in travel restrictions to Cuba, the country has been quite busy playing host to thousands of Americans who believe it to be the ultimate tourist destination.

And for what it’s worth, this Caribbean island deserves all the attention it gets. Colorfully vibrant and culturally rich, the country of Cuba presents a lively atmosphere, complete with people who are always ready to help the partiers out.

And with so many people flocking to visit Cuba, the country is taking the smart route and offering a mode of travel that perfectly serves those who want to quench their wanderlust!

1. You Don’t Have to Worry about Accommodation

Even though it is a big country, Cuban hotels are full to capacity. You can’t risk getting bumped from your room due to overbooking. So why not book a room on a cruise ship instead? This way, you’ll have a unique accommodation that would give you a five-star experience.

2. You Cover More Ground

You’ll do your fair share of walking on the cobblestone streets of Cuba. But you’ll also spend a lot of time travelling from one city to another.

Cruises allow you to bypass that time wastage. Because the ships circumnavigate the island, you reach your destination in lesser time than you would on land. In fact, many cruises that visit Cuba go to at least three ports which include Santiago de Cuba, Cienfuegos and Havana so that’s your trip planned right there.

3. You Get to Enjoy Cuban Cuisine

Cuban cuisine is still in its infancy, so you may not be able to find a large variety of different dishes. With such a limited menu, it is good to have an option for lunch or dinner when you return to the ship.

4. Your Experience is Different

4.Your Experience is Different

Tourism in Cuba is raring so you will see many people from your own country walking the same streets as you. But that doesn’t mean your experience should be the same as well.

Boarding a cruise line gives you a different point-of-view than those on land, and with the availability of so many ports, you’ll have the opportunity to indulge in more activities than what you previously thought.

5. Ships Offer More Amenities

Cuban hotels while many in number do have their share of problems such as electrical issues and service. Cruise ships however, aren’t new additions to the industry and offer modern amenities and facilities in sophisticated settings so that the visitors are satisfied.

Pair that with cheerful scenery, great entertainment and amazing food and you have yourself a cruise ship experience that remains as the highlight of your vacation!

Plan Your Cruise with Groups Plus Tours!

Looking for cruise packages to Cuba? We offer Cuba tour deals to individuals and families planning a trip to the beautiful Caribbean island-nation.

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Pack These Four Essentials for Your Trip to Cuba!

Pack These Four Essentials for Your Trip to Cuba!

Cuba isn’t like your garden variety tourist destination. Gorgeous, vibrant and bursting with culture, Cuba offers all the fun under the sun, and more!

And to enjoy that fully, you need a whole list of essentials.

Now, we’re not going to list the usual passport-mosquito-repellent-tissues-antibacterial-soaps.

Instead, we’re providing you with a short list of items that other travelers have found to be useful, so you get some real advice, based on experience!

Here’s What You Need

Comfy Shoes

You could go the easy way and just travel everywhere by car. But if you really want to explore Cuba, the best way to do so is on foot. However, that may be a problem if you’ve only brought high heels or formal shoes along with you. Understand that the cobblestone streets of Havana are no place for frivolous footwear. So buy comfy shoes like flats or sneakers that keep your feet protected.

A Light Scarf

A scarf is probably the most versatile and useful item for your Cuba trip. Tropical locations such as Cuba can get chilly at night or when you’re at the beach. A scarf serves as a great mode of protection against the cool winds. And makes you look good too. It’s a win-win situation!

Skin Protection

Skin Protection

A light sunscreen just doesn’t cut it.

You’ll be walking in the sun on the hot streets of Cuba for hours at a time. You need gear that would keep you protected, not just from the harsh rays of the sun, but also smoke and pollution.

Go to the doctor ahead of your trip and ask them to prescribe an extra-strength sunscreen that suits your skin. You don’t need to have an adverse reaction to the product.

An Extra Tote Bag

Never underestimate the importance of an extra tote bag! Although you may have succeeded in packing everything you needed while going, remember that you’ll be bringing back a lot of souvenirs.

Add two totes (preferably foldable) to your suitcase when you begin packing and use it to store all your bought items during the trip. This way, everything will remain organized and you’ll only have to pay for the checked bag when you go home.

Plan Your Trip to Cuba!

Before you pack up and leave for this wondrous country, wait and consider your travelling options. For a place like Cuba, you need an exclusive tour so you can visit all the must-see spots and hidden gems the country possesses.

Groups Plus Tours offer exclusive, affordable and customized packages for all Americans! From hotels and flights to cruises, we make travelling easier for families and individuals alike.

Check out our Cuban tours or call 888-664-8728 for further details.