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Why Cuba is one of the world's safest holiday destinations during the COVID-19 pandemic

After being included in the FCDO's travel corridor of countries that don't require a quarantining period when returning from holiday, Cuba is one of the best options for a warm winter escape that's fairly coronavirus safe thanks to the strict measures in place to protect both tourists and locals. If you're dreaming of sun-kissed white sands, clear skies and balmy temperatures, Cuba is the place to be this winter 2020!

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Why Cuba is one of the world's safest holiday destinations during the COVID-19 pandemic
Havana's new "5 star-plus" luxury hotels
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Havana's new "5 star-plus" luxury hotels

Havana has recently witnessed the inauguration of three brand new hotels that some commentators have been referring to as ‘5 Star-Plus’, due to their high international standards. These are: Accor Paseo del Prado, Iberostar Grand Packard and Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski. They offer an ambience that aims at being a cut above the rest, especially through original interior designs and layouts.

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Three gourmet Cuban products to bring home, besides cigars and rum
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Three gourmet Cuban products to bring home, besides cigars and rum

Whilst Cuban cigars and rum are known globally for their high quality, Cuba also produces other specialities that are well worth taking back in your luggage. Sure, max out your cigar and rum limit, but if you have space then don’t forget about some of the other gems that the island has to offer, especially those that will be harder to find once you get back home. Here’s the lowdown on three exquisite Cuban products: coffee, honey and chocolate.

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Ten fun facts about curious expressions to listen out for during your visit to Cuba
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Ten fun facts about curious expressions to listen out for during your visit to Cuba

Whether you are fluent in Spanish or not, you might notice certain expressions frequently said in Cuba. There are many cultural idiosyncrasies in Cuba, and one of them is the language. To list all the ways in which the Spanish spoken in Cuba is curious would require a lifetime’s work, but to get you started here are ten expressions to listen out for during your visit.

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Five fun fatcs about Cuban dishes you have to try
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Five fun fatcs about Cuban dishes you have to try

Cuba’s culinary offerings have never been valued in the same esteem as, say, Italian and Thai cuisine. Nonetheless, to avoid Cuban food is to miss out on some lovely gastronomical experiences. Cuba is an island full of homegrown organic fruit and vegetables, and a wide range of historical influence.

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Viñales - Foodie heaven for both vegans and meat lovers!
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Viñales - Foodie heaven for both vegans and meat lovers!

When it comes to eating great food in Cuba, Viñales has to be a contender for being the country's most delicious location. What makes Viñales so special is that almost all the elements on the plate are sourced from within a mile or two from where are you seated.

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