Telegraph writer Max Davidson cruise Cuba and reports his experience

Posted: 04-Dec-15 09:31

Experiencing Cuba by sea is a fabulous idea which not too many tourists have caught wind of. Max Davidson took a cruise and enjoyed a leisurely voyage along the picturesque coastline while stopping off at fascinating coastal towns and cities. He also discoveredit was a great way to experience Cuban culture.

Telegraph writer Max Davidson cruise Cuba and reports his experience

There are many ways to experience the beauty and vibrant culture of Cuba but according to Telegraph travel writer Max Davidson, a cruise along Cuba's coastline is arguably the best. During his trip he discovered that savvy travelers, even Americans who have to contend with a 55-year embargo on touristic travel, are finding exciting cruises that show them some of the Caribbean nation's hidden treasures.

If you're tired of the typical Caribbean excursion with picturesque yet crowded beaches crawling with vendors of all sorts, Davidson suggests booking a cruise along Cuba's western shoreline. He assures you that you will be surprised as you sail along at just how empty both the shore and the sea is. There are few vessels that ply that route and apart from the odd palm tree, the beaches are equally unspoiled.

As Max discovered, the cruise is not all about sun and sand; inland excursions are part of most itineraries. His ship stopped at the Maria la Gorda beach and he headed into Havana for one or two days of exploration. This is where he got to marvel at distinctive colonial architecture and the ubiquitous vintage American cars. Maria la Gorda will appeal to anyone seeking to recline at a pristine, postcard-ready beach untouched by touristic developments.

The cruise also took Max to quiet islands that are way off the beaten tourist track. At uninhabited islands like Cayo Rico he revelled in unperturbed swathes of white sand, clusters of nodding palm trees and crystal clear waters. Visitors can choose to join in snorkelling excursions in the shallow sea water or recline at a thatched bar enjoying the refreshing breeze.

Davidson took advantage of his Cuba cruise to explore such laid-back Spanish colonial towns as Trinidad that are adorned with majestic 18th century architecture. Most of the buildings he saw there were once the houses of sugar plantation owners which have now been converted into museums. Just like in the country's capital he spotted the odd classic American car trundling on the cobbled streets.

Before heading back to Havana he also got to wander through Cienfuegos, a city on the southern coast of Cuba. It also boasts some eye-catching architecture. All along the way Max rubbed shoulders with the warm locals and indulged in some Cuban delicacies.


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