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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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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 facts about Cuban dishes you have to try
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Five fun facts 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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Playas del Este, lovely beaches just 12 miles from Havana city centre
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Playas del Este, lovely beaches just 12 miles from Havana city centre

Known as "Playas del Este", or "Eastern Beaches", they are filled with fine white sand and crystal-clear waters. The coastline tends to be much less occupied than resort beaches, giving a more intimate ambience. They are very popular with locals from Havana, although most "Habaneros" only make the trip out to the beaches during the summer months.

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Five fun facts about unmissable museums in Havana
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Five fun facts about unmissable museums in Havana

When it comes to museums, one is spoilt for choice in Havana. At current count, Havana has over 50 museums, plus many places which are effectively museums in all but name. Havana is one of the cultural capitals of the world, and whilst the city’s nightlife is second to none, during the daytime the museums of Havana can provide equally memorable experiences.

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