Because organising a wedding can make nerves go a little haywire, honeymoons are those much-deserved holidays where newlyweds can truly concentrate on spending special quality time together. Sipping on fruity cocktails whilst gazing over the beach as the sun sets into green-blue waters is an image that often comes to mind when picturing a honeymoon. Making this picture come to life is easy when presented with stunning natural surroundings as the ones commonly found in Cuba.
With enviable sunny weather all year round, sandy palm-fringed beaches and lively clubs where the contagious beats of "Salsa" and "Rumba" echo all night long, Cuba is a paradise for those who seek to celebrate their love.
Comprising an interesting blend of Spanish and African cultures and traditions, Cuba is tropical island set amidst the pristine waters of the Caribbean Sea. From stunning natural sites to vibrant cultural experiences, this island nation is filled with possibilities for a romantic getaway. To narrow down the choices, we’ve selected the top spots for a heavenly honeymoon in Cuba.
Romance is capital in Havana
It’s almost impossible not to recommend spending time in Havana when taking a trip to Cuba. The nation’s vibrant capital offers a wide array of attractions for all tastes and is home to some of the country’s most important historic and cultural heritage as well as fine beaches situated in the northeast. Havana is perfect for couples on a budget as it includes a pinch of everything that makes the island special.
The colonial architecture, cobblestone streets and seaside setting of Old Havana make up a truly romantic spot to spend part of the honeymoon holiday. Those who select the old town, can choose to stay at the Parque Central Hotel, an elegant five-star accommodation set in the heart of Old Havana. Exploring the old town with its charming music-filled bars and ending up staring at the "Morro" lighthouse as you sit on the capital’s seaside breakwater, “El Malecon”, are unique experiences that will mark your voyage.
Those who prefer to stay in more modern areas can pick the upscale neighbourhoods of Vedado or Miramar. Within easy reach of the old town, both areas boast up-and-coming restaurants, bars, galleries and nightclubs. The historic Hotel Nacional in Vedado (a luxury venue which has welcomed the likes of Churchill, Frank Sinatra and Hemingway) and the Melia Habana in Miramar are excellent options.
Beach paradise in Varadero
The most popular tourist hub in the country, Varadero holds a reputation for comprising the most immaculate white-sand beaches in Cuba and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Situated on the Hicacos Peninsula, this destination is filled with lavish all-inclusive properties that offer excellent honeymoon packages.
For luxury and fine services with staff to cater to your every need as you unwind, Varadero is just the place for you. Utmost privacy can be found in resorts like the adults-only Melia Antillas or the Paradisus Varadero.
In addition to a magnificent stretch of pristine beach, Varadero comprises other natural attractions such as caves and a chain of easily accessed virgin cays. There are also cultural attractions in the vicinity, such as the cities of Matanzas and Cardenas, and amazing flora and fauna the Zapata Peninsula eco reserve. For those who love discovering the ocean, Varadero also possesses facilities for scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, yachting and other water sports.
Intimacy and seclusion in the keys
If utter relaxation and privacy amidst untouched nature is what you seek, Cuba’s keys will offer everything you need. Most keys are set on Jardines del Rey, an archipelago off the northern coast of Cuba, boasting impressive, well-preserved coral reefs, a numerous population of Caribbean flamingos and Taino villages that reflect Cuba’s indigenous heritage. Of the many keys that compose this archipelago, some of the most popular are Cayo Santa Maria, Cayo Coco and Cayo Largo.
A few days of tranquillity and seclusion in one of these keys will be a gift for newlyweds looking for a peaceful, romantic ambiance away from the hustle and bustle of big cities or popular tourist hubs. The Gaviota Playa in Cayo Santa Maria, the Melia Jardines del Rey in Cayo Coco and the Iberostar Playa Blanca in Cayo Coco are all wonderful options with special offers for couples.
Adrenaline and adventure in natural settings
Though the traditional way to spend a honeymoon may be a laid-back, relaxing experience, some couples prefer to add a little risk and excitement to their experience. An excursion to any of the island’s endless list of beautiful natural sites may just be the sprinkle of adventure you desire on your journey. If that is the case, newlyweds are spoilt for choice, as the island is filled with natural sites waiting to de discovered as well as stimulating activities to try out including hiking, climbing, sailing through rivers, snorkelling, scuba diving and even bungee jumping.
The stunning caves and underground rivers in Vinales within the northernmost province of Pinar del Rio are a true sight to see, and a trip to the tobacco fields that originate the world’s finest cigars can nicely round up the experience. For an even more off-the-beaten-path destination, Baracoa, set on the opposite side of the island, is a paradise of untouched nature, with many waterfalls, rivers, lakes and beaches. Visiting the rustic houses in far-off villages and trying the guava and chocolate treats handmade by locals could be unique highlights in your tailor-made honeymoon.
Whatever your interests, Cuba is willing to please. Romance can certainly be found amidst this island filled with friendly locals, pristine beaches, rum cocktails and salsa beats.