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Why Cuba is the best holiday destination to escape to right now

Escaping to Caribbean warmth and sunkissed beaches in Cuba is not only possible but one of the safest tropical dreams that you can make come true now, right now, even amid COVID-19 restrictions. Included in the UK travel corridor and supported by a number of airlines and hotel chains guaranteeing the safety of travellers with a set of sanitary measures, here we illustrate the ways that a Cuba holiday right now is among the best decisions you could make.

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Bringing cigars and rum back from Cuba - what you need to know

Want to bring cigars and rum back from Cuba? You’re not alone. Visitors to Cuba have been doing it for centuries, and it is still a great way to return home with high-quality products at reasonable prices. Rum and cigars make great presents for friends and family or can be enjoyed all by yourself whenever you want to reminisce about that special holiday you had in Cuba. Here’s what you need to know.

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Havana, Viñales and Varadero: Cuba’s golden triangle of the West

Three closely situated special travel destinations mean that in Cuba you can experience vibrant city life, stunning nature and pristine beaches all on the same multi-centre holiday. Yes, three holiday experiences in one. Read on and see how.

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José Martí - Following the trail of Cuba’s National Hero in Havana

If there is one Cuban that every visitor should get to know, it’s José Martí. He dedicated much of his life to liberating Cuba from Spain, dying a martyr for the cause in 1895. The uprising he had helped organise continued, and seven years later Cuba successfully achieved independence.

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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

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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