Cuba Hotels Hub

Written by Abby Luttrell
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Cuba is the new hot destination. With its Colonial architecture and vintage cars, it's like a journey into the past. But with its discos, nightclubs, beach resorts and world-class hotels, it's definitely 21st century.

Havana used to be the playground for the rich in the '40s and '50s. Ghosts of that glamorous past are alive and well in Havana, where the classic, elegant hotels such as the Hotel Nacional de Cuba still give their guests a memorable vacation. Walk the charming, cobble-stoned streets of Habana Vieja and you'll be walking in the footsteps of Winston Churchill, Rita Hayworth, Clark Gable, Ernest Hemingway, Charlie Chaplin, Nat King Cole and even Al Capone.

Havana, Cuba Hotels

The Cuba hotels are mostly located in the elegant old neighborhoods of Havana. Beautiful 17th and 18th century Colonial and Baroque villas have been transformed into hotels with all the amenities. New high-rise hotels border white-sand beaches on the tropical bay.

But if you're daring enough to go out of Havana, you'll find a friendly island with beautiful cities and outstanding beach resorts. Many major chains have beach hotels in Cuba, especially in exclusive resorts such as Varadero. Club Med operates a village on a small island off the coast, and other holiday chains have villages and resorts.

Variety Is the Spice of Life

Hotels in Cuba cater to different interests. For example, there are eco-tourist destinations in nature preserves and wildlife parks. There are special camping and caravaning holidays offering pony trekking, horseback riding or hiking.

Sport fishing centers have their own accommodations, and some sponsor sailing and fishing trips. Dive centers have specific diving hotels on islands and cays. In these hotels, scuba diving instruction is available, doctors are on board every diving vessel, and supervised diving excursions are available to coral reefs, underwater caves, and shipwrecks.

The cities and towns of other regions on the island are also Cuba hotel hubs. Trinidad is a perfectly preserved Colonial city that is little changed from the 1700s. It was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988. You can ride a horse-drawn carriage through its cobble-stone streets, past beautiful Italianate and Rococo villas, and feel like you're in another time.

Santiago de Cuba's Carnival

You can't miss Santiago de Cuba on your Cuba vacation. It's a cultural and musical center in eastern Cuba, birthplace of the rumba, and it's famous for its street music, dance, and theatre. Santiago's Carnival in July is second only to Rio's, and visitors come from all over the world to witness the marvelous pageantry, exotic costumes and vibrant music of the festival. We hope that you explore the magical accommodations available to you in Cuba!

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