Cuba – the largest and most densely populated Island in the Caribbean is probably the most interesting for a number of reasons, History, Politics & Music to name but three. When Castro came to power in 1959 things were to change dramatically for the man in the street and the ongoing communist philosophies make for a very intriguing visit.

Havana – Everything you want to see is in the old part of Havana, As the city was founded by the Spanish in the 16th Century there are the usual smattering of Churches and the main Cathedral, lovely old squares and a very lively tourist market next to the port for all the American cruise passengers who have circumvented the ban on travel by flying to Canada or Jamaica and cruising from there. There are small bands on almost every corner and strolling minstrels throughout the old town, your CD collection will be twice the size in no time at all.

Santiago de Cuba – This historical city played a pivotal role in the Cuban Revolution – but it is better known for Music. This Cuban city’s historical centre retains a time-worn air ideal for photographers, then after a day of sightseeing, stay out all night dancing salsa in the city that gave birth to the dance.

Trinidad – Home to Spanish-style churches and great museums, Trinidad is also the gateway to the Valle de los Ingenios, where sugar cane plantations pan out across the land. Playa Ancon is close by and there’s plenty of time to relax on its long, unspoilt beaches.

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