With its capital city of Havana a thrill seekers paradise, to the first city of Baracao or alternatively Santiago de Cuba where you’ll find out everything you ever wanted to know about the revolution, there’s plenty to learn about this exciting country.
If your idea of a family vacation is more about getting to know the natural elements of a country then you’ll love the Unesco World Heritage site of Parque Nacional Vinales.
Hurricane season, between June to November, should be avoided especially if you hope to stay in one of the coastal resorts in Cuba as these may be evacuated if the weather takes a turn for the worse.
Other than that, you should try to avoid the main peak seasons of July/August and of course Christmas, when there are so many tourists to the country that the prices soar. You should also note that the temperatures in Cuba are hot year round. If you can live with this, then everyone in your party should have a great time!
The beautiful beaches, friendly people and the historic aspects of cities like Havana and Santiago de Cuba attract many tens of thousands of tourists seeking affordable family beach vacations in Cuba every year. The largest and most established resort area in Cuba is concentrated on the Varadero peninsula and there are many large internationally run all-inclusive resorts here to choose from.
One way of getting the most out of your Caribbean family vacations in Cuba is to have a split destination.
Why not spend time in the intense city of Havana where you can salsa the night away and visit museums, churches and markets throughout the day, and then transfer to the southern side of the country and stay at Cienfuegos. Here you can spend your time surrounded by stunning views as you scuba dive to explore sunken ships and visit coral gardens, take a horse ride amongst waterfalls and bathing pools, experience the thrills of motorboat travel, and let the kids go wild at the Club Cienfuegos amusement park.
Split center family vacations in Cuba like this mean that you not only get to experience all the usual Cuba “must dos”, but you’ll also be able to combine that with some more personal experiences that you’ll all remember long after you return home.
Entry Requirements for Cuba
Entry requirements for Americans:
US citizens must be licensed by the Department of Treasury in order to travel to Cuba, but travel to the country is strictly controlled and only select categories of travellers are licensable. Tourist travel is officially impossible due to the US Embargo and travel for business reasons is heavily restricted. US citizens who are licensed require a passport valid for at least two months and a visa for entry.
Entry requirements for UK nationals:
British nationals must have a valid passport. A visa is also required if the visitor does not have a Tourist Card.
Entry requirements for Canadians:
Canadian citizens must have a valid passport. A visa is also required if the visitor does not have a Tourist Card.
Entry requirements for Australians:
Australians must have a valid passport. A visa is also required if the visitor does not have a Tourist Card.
Passport/Visa Note: A Tourist Visa Card, costing US$25 or equivalent, may be issued by tour operators, travel agents or airlines for a single entry holiday trip of up to 30 days, provided land arrangements are pre-booked and paid. A return ticket or proof of onward travel is required, as well as sufficient funds to cover intended period of stay (US$50 or equivalent per day). Passports of nationals with diplomatic representations in Cuba need to be valid only at the moment of entry, but passports of nationals without diplomatic representations in Cuba must be valid for two months beyond date of entry.
Editor’s Note: Passport and visa requirements are liable to change at short notice. Travellers are advised to check their entry requirements with their embassy or consulate prior to booking their family vacations in Cuba.
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