The Caribbean has always been renowned as the perfect destination for a romantic couple's holiday, and with good reason. Where could be more romantic than the island on which they chose to set Dirty Dancing 2, right?! Yes, we’re talking about Cuba.
The bold colours, paint-chipped patina of buildings and laid-back vibe of Cuba feels just like a movie set. And thanks to great deals from Abbey Travel from Dublin to Havana and then onto Varadero, it could very well be the setting for your romantic adventure.
5 Things to do in Cuba
1. I sea, you sea
The beaches in Varadero are great for lazing about on reading a book, or for admiring the clear turquoise water. But if you’re feeling more active they’re also good for trying out some fun water sports.
Cuba is blessed with clear and calm water, making it one of the best places in the word to do some snorkelling. In its sea you can discover 1,000 species of fish and 1,100 species of crustaceans, along with 58 different kinds of coral, 160 varieties of sponges and 68 types of gorgonians.
Kind of like a one-stop-shop for sea life, right? Choose which Cuban sea tour you'd like from this fantastic selection.
2. Walk the Malecón
For a romance-guaranteed Cuban adventure, take a wander down the Malecón esplanade which stretches for five miles along the coast of Havana. The walk is dotted with historical monuments which is perfect for history buffs. The La Rampa area is very active at night so you’ll definitely see a host of talented street performers.
3. Do a little dance
If you're hoping to learn a few Latino moves, why not spend a night at the famous Tropicana cabaret club in Havana? It first opened its doors in 1939 in the lush tropical gardens in the Mariano neighbourhood and has had a colourful history (apparent mob involvement in the ‘50s, you know yourself). Today it's one of Cuba's most fun and energetic hangout spots - definitely a must-see.
4. Get poetic
And if the nightlife of Cuba inspires you the way it did Ernest Hemmingway, why not jot down your thoughts while sipping on a mojito at his old local, La Bodeguita. This traditional Cuban bar is said to be the birthplace of the refreshing drink.
The minty mojitos must be good because it became a favourite meeting place for artists, writers and musicians since its opening in 1942. Many of their famous customers' signatures and left-behind objects are now displayed on the walls.
5. The important stuff: shopping and selfies
Old Havana's square mile of colonial palaces, charming cobbled alleyways and beautifully designed plazas is sure to lend itself as a great backdrop for some holiday selfies. As everyone knows, when travelling, it's always important to keep that all important Facebook profile picture in mind.
Speaking of 21st Century concerns, this is also a great place to stock up on souvenirs so that you don't come home empty-handed. Cuban cigars are the obvious choice and are widely available throughout the island. Wall-hangings and hand-painted ceramics can be found in markets and make nice memory-evoking additions to your home.
Holidays in Cuba with Abbey Travel
An exotic trip like this needn't make too much of a dent in your savings either with deals starting from just €1,349 per person based on two people sharing.
Enjoy three nights in the bustling vibrancy of Havana before transferring to the 5 star resort, Melia Varadero for four nights. This gives you the perfect balance of activity and relaxation that is sure to please both you and your beloved.
For more information about special offers on low-cost exotic breaks, call us today at 01 804 7100 or pop into your nearest Abbey Travel branch.
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