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More than Salsa, Rum and Cigars

The end of the diplomatic ice age with the US has marked the start of a new era in Cuba. Despite growing tourism, this Caribbean island has not lost any of its charm.

Cuba has made global history. The revolutionary leaders Che Guevara and Fidel Castro are still the nation’s greatest heroes: the Che Guevara Mausoleum in Santa Clara is one of Cuba’s most impressive landmarks. Among other things, socialism has preserved the 1950s pizzazz of this Caribbean island state.

Quick facts Havana

Flight time

10:30 h

Distance

8207 km

Time difference

- 6 hours CET
Ø Temperature in August
32 °C

Exchange rate

CHF
1.00
=
CUC
1.02
Airport transfer & car rental

Language

Spanish

A cup of cappuccino costs around

CHF 1.31

See and be seen in a vintage convertible

On that note, hardly anything beats getting to know the Cuban capital of Havana in a legendary vintage convertible car: the historic city centre, the Malecón esplanade or Morro Castle from where visitors can enjoy superb vistas. For cigar aficionados holidaying in Cuba, a visit to a cigar factory is a must-do! Watch how the cigars are rolled by hand in the Partagás or the Corona factory. Havana’s legendary music clubs, which include the world-famous Buena Vista Social Club, are another quasi compulsory highlight. Don’t hesitate to ask the locals for music club recommendations or where to perfect your Salsa dancing. ;;; ;;; In sum, it’s the ideal beach holiday choice. Havana’s city beaches are primarily about “seeing and being seen“. For those who prefer something more tranquil, there are the beaches outside the city to relish. Luxurious hotel complexes can be found in Varadero which is also Cuba’s most popular beach resort. The Cayo islands of Cayo Largo, Cayo Santa Maria and Cayo Coco bedazzle visitors with their stunning powdery-white beaches, turquoise lagoons and crystal-clear waters.

Action, sound and smoke

Cuba’s west coast is a diver’s paradise. Typical Caribbean coral reefs and mangrove forests offer a great variety of marine life, including more than 100 different species of shark. The island is also worth exploring on foot or by bicycle. Sailing trips and cruises around the island are another popular draw, including detours to neighbouring islands such as Jamaica. And in the evening, as the sun sets into the sea, just picture yourself with a glass of rum and a cigar in hand, with salsa music playing in the background!

Airport Information

Please note that all Edelweiss flights are handled in Terminal 2 at Havana Airport.

Information for golf fans

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