3 Fun places to visit in Cuba + When

From the elegantly crumbling facades of its colonial cities to the sumptuous palm trees, rivers and waterfalls of its eastern province, Cuba's many charms will seduce even the most world-weary party animal, music enthusiast, history buff or nature lover.

With Cuba having recently opened up to US tourism and the recent death of Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary leader who built this communist state, there is even more reason to visit this country before everything changes.

Here is a guide on how to make the most of Fidel's revolutionary Cuba

WHEN TO GO

According to the article by Stuff , The most popular time to visit Cuba's warm, tropical climate is the dry season, which runs from November to April. Accommodation is more expensive and harder to come by, especially over Christmas and New Year, so be prepared to pay up and book well ahead during this period.

You're more likely to get good deals on flights and tours during the shoulder periods of April and October, and those willing to risk a little rain will be rewarded by shorter queues and lower prices between May and October. Summer can be wet and humid, however storms tend to clear quickly. There's also a hurricane risk between June and October.

Tourists take in the sites at Cathedral Square in Old Havana.

Luxury

Infrastructure is haphazard and building materials scarce and expensive, which means hotels can sometimes be underwhelming, even at the higher end of the price range. While Havana has the most luxury options, few breathe history like Hotel Nacional ($CUC300 - $CUC376 for a double room). Just metres from the ocean in Vedado, its art deco halls have hosted everyone from Winston Churchill to Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and notorious Mafia kingpins since the 1930s.

Outside Havana, most luxury hotels are clustered around the resort town of Varadero, where white sand beaches, swaying palms and blue water are ripped straight from a screensaver.

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WHERE TO GO IN CUBA?

Public transport in Cuba is often slow with frequent cancellations and delays, making taxis a convenient choice for getting around within cities or for larger groups travelling long distances. For cross-country travel, steer clear of painfully slow trains. Car rental can be expensive (roughly $CUC50 per day), roads hazardous and rules ambiguous. If you do decide to go it alone, try to avoid driving at night. Try Transtur, Car Rental or Cubacar.

Santa Clara

Smack-bang in the centre of the country, Santa Clara was the first major city to be liberated from the Batista regime in 1958. Fittingly, it became the final resting place of Che Guevara himself, and his remains are interred here inside an imposing mausoleum along with those of 23 other insurgents.

It's the museum next door that's most intriguing, however, giving an insight into the man whose iconic image adorns public murals around the country.

Santa Clara is also home to Fabrica de Tabacos Constantino Perez Carrodegua, one of Cuba's best tobacco factories. Book a tour through Cubatur to see how the famed cigars get made and pick up a Montecristo, Partarga or Romeo y Julieta at the factory shop nearby.

Breathtaking vistas and tobacco plantations: Vinales

After Havana and Trinidad, Vinales is one of the most popular towns with visitors – and it's not hard to see why. In the nearby Parque Nacional Vinales, limestone outcrops tower over ox-ploughed tobacco plantations, making the small town and its surrounds the perfect place to slow down and get a taste of rural Cuban life at its most idyllic.

As most of the sights are outside town, a Vinales bus tour runs nine times a day from the town square, or you can go it alone by booking a rental car.

Havana

For the ultimate Instagram moment, take a spin along the waterfront in one of the classic 1950s cars parked near the Capitolio Nacional or Hotel Inglaterra in Old Havana (agree the price and time before, approximately $CUC30 per car, per hour) before retiring to one of the town's many watering holes for a cocktail and live music.

You couldn't throw a stone without hitting a bar where Ernest Hemingway used to drink, but his favourite mojito joint was La Bodeguita del Medio on Calle Empedrado, which serves up traditional Cuban food in addition to potent tipple inside its atmospherically graffitied walls.

If a daiquiri is more your style, wander over to El Floridita – the writer and longtime Havana resident pronounced theirs the best in the world.

Hotel Nacional also boasts one of the chicest alfresco bars and has the benefit of being close to the lively clubs and music venues of Vedado. That said, be sure to spend at least one evening at Casa de la Musica in kitschy Miramar for the true Buena Vista Social Club experience – and don't even think about arriving before 11pm.

Vinales

After Havana and Trinidad, Vinales is one of the most popular towns with visitors – and it's not hard to see why. In the nearby Parque Nacional Vinales, limestone outcrops tower over ox-ploughed tobacco plantations, making the small town and its surrounds the perfect place to slow down and get a taste of rural Cuban life at its most idyllic.

As most of the sights are outside town, a Vinales bus tour runs nine times a day from the town square, or you can go it alone by booking a rental car.

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