Five different ways of planning your holiday to Cuba

Posted: 25-Aug-16 14:13

Planning your trip is always important to make sure you get the best out of your holidays. Breathe With Us website describes different styles of travelling within the Cuban island and its pros and cons, so that visitors can choose what they prefer, from a more carefree and adventurous journey to a carefully-planned stay.

Five different ways of planning your holiday to Cuba

Every traveller looks for something different on their voyages. Some prefer a low-key, laid-back experience away from hustle and bustle, whilst others thrive on adventure and wandering into the unknown. Breathe With Us website bloggers shares their experience in Cuba and propose different ways of planning your trip according to your style and preferences.

Cuba is a multicultural maze suitable to all tastes and filled with exciting experiences to be lived at every corner. Although the all-inclusive experience is one of the most frequent option, it is certainly not the only one that visitors can try; there are far more unconventional ways to explore Cuba, that may leave you with a more wholesome impression of what makes the island tick.

The best way to plan a holiday to Cuba

  1. Independent travel

    Independent travel

    There are several advantages to planning your own trip, or not planning it at all. Because you have no specific schedule or programme, you can explore at leisure and discover off-the-beaten-path spots like the marshy ecosystem Cienaga de Zapata and the Sierra Maestra Mountains. It also gives you the time and freedom to interact with locals, especially if you choose to stay at a “casa particular” (private-owned houses that rent rooms to tourists).

    Nonetheless, it is difficult to prepare when you plan your own trip, unless you search for accurate information on what to expect. Spanish skills will also be very useful to help you get around.

  2. Help from a local friend

    Help from a local friend

    Getting by is always easier with a little help from your friends. In this case, services like ViaHero are truly helpful as they allow you to pick a local expert that will help you plan a fully customizable itinerary for your trip. This way you can make sure you visit all the places you would like without any stopovers that don’t necessarily interest you. Counting on the knowledge of a local makes it is easier to get around on your own and find exactly what you’re looking for and is also a way of helping the Cuban people directly.

  3. Signing up for a tour

    Signing up for a tour

    Even when you choose independent travel, you can join in on a tour that leads you through amazing sites you wish to discover. Tour packages include transportation, a well-informed guide and even some meals, taking away many concerns you might have moving around in a foreign country.

    Many day tours are available within the capital itself, as well as further away into stunning natural sites like the Vinales Valley, and colonial cities Cienfuegos and Trinidad. You must keep in mind that tours try to maximize experience so they usually have a packed schedule and not too much time to wander off on your own.

  4. Group travel

    Group travel

    If it’s your first time to the island and you wish to see the highlights of Cuba, group travel is a good option that allows you to know in advance where you’re going and when. As a guide will lead you through the experience, there will be no need for much planning and you can choose the package that is most suitable to your interests.

    Smaller groups are always more recommendable as they are easier to manage, and you can easily connect to your fellow voyagers. Moreover, it is easier to arrange for spare time and extra activities, if you want to explore further on your own.

  5. All-inclusive experience

    All-inclusive experience

    The most popular option, all-inclusive resorts are a favourite amongst travellers for many reasons. Dining, drinking and lodging are already paid for, allowing you to leave behind all concerns and truly relax. The sparkling beaches that surround most lush hotels in tourist hubs Varadero and the keys like Cayo Coco are an oasis of beauty and tranquillity.

    These resorts tend to have a lot of activities to keep guests busy, including water sports, salsa lessons, spa treatments; nearby tours or day trips are also available, giving you the opportunity to escape the resort life for a while. Although the downside could be you won’t interact with the Cuban people as much as you would staying at a “casa particular”, you can choose to merge your all-inclusive experience with a stays at other cities, so that you can wander off and make some local friends.

One common idea, plan ahead, and one missing method

Whatever type of holiday suits your needs and personality, make sure you choose what is right for you. A combination of planned activities and spontaneous spurs may just be the ideal way of discovering this country and making the most of your much-needed holiday time. Only you have the power to choose what you prefer. Have your holidays tailor-made for you depending on your interests.

An easy way to do this is by contacting a specialised travel agency; here at Cuba Holidays, we can have your holidays tailor-made to suit all your interests. Tours and group travel are a fantastic option to get to know some of the most important landmarks and historic and cultural sites. The all-inclusive experience will allow you to lie back without a care in the world, and independent travel, though more chaotic, guarantees a more free and authentic trip. No matter what you choose, always try to make friends with some locals who are always warm and welcoming.


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