Paradise…with a history.
Cuba. The name conjures up a unique tropical wonderland with a rich historical past.
True to its reputation, Cuba offers white beaches and azure waters. Quaint pastel
coloured homes and grand colonial cathedrals. Where else can you find fleets of
mint-condition, 50s Chevies, roaring down archaic cobbled streets? Or genuine,
hand-rolled Cuban cigars that set the global smoke standard? The islands greatest
allure, is its people, with their welcome smiles and winning manners. You will find
Cubans in the bustling open markets and restaurants, performing street musicians
outside dazzling cafés and cabarets, and gyrating in colourfully-plumed dance costumes
inside inky nightclubs. Needless to say, Havana is an absolute must-see with its
multi-faceted art, culture and architecture that dates back to the early 1500s.
Whatever you do, youll discover that Cuba dazzles the senses with its endless offerings.
Camaguey/Santa Lucia Santa Lucia Beach, on the northern coast is protected
by a coral reef, making the waters calm and ideal for swimming, snorkeling and other
water activities. It is a divers paradise with 35 dive sites.
Coco Cayo Coco is an island, 17 km in length. Its all environmentally
protected - home to the largest colony of pink flamingos in the world. A coral reef
offers wonderful opportunities for snorkelers and scuba divers in its exceptionally
Largo Cayo Largo is situated in the Los Canarreos Archipelago,
off the southern coast of the Cuban mainland and boasts 25 km of breathtaking virgin
beaches and emerald green clear water.
Cayo Santa Maria For rest, relaxation and tranquility retreat to the
idyllic and beautiful destination of Cayo Santa Maria. This small tropical island
is located north of Cuba.
Cayo Guillermo Located in the Jardines del Rey archipelago, Cayo Guillermo
is a small and quiet key situated on the northern coast of Cuba. Facing the Atlantic
Ocean, Cayo Guillermo was once sparsely inhabited years ago by fishermen and charcoal
Cienfuegos Known as “The Pearl of the South” on the southern coast
of central Cuba, this city boasts a history largely different from the rest of the
country. Its popular with Canadians because of its beautiful beaches and excellent
Havana The largest city and capital of Cuba, Havana offers
a glimpse into the past. Many of the Colonial Spanish buildings in Havana have undergone
restoration, and in Old Havana the cobbled squares and colonnades reflect the city's
Holguin Wide, soft beaches and azure waters line the coast of
Guardalavaca; a stunning resort area in the province of Holguin. Guardalavaca is
the 2nd largest tourist area in Cuba.
Santiago de Cuba One of the islands oldest cities, it is a captivating
mixture of colonial architecture, live music, colourful markets and open-air cafés.
All bounded by the shimmering Caribbean and the majestic cliffs of the Sierra Maestra
and Sierra del Cristal mountains.
Varadero Varadero is located on 20 km of white powdery sand that
makes up the Peninsula de Hicacos; a beach so large that its still uncrowded despite
the number of large resorts and variety of water sports. For a refreshing afternoon,
stop at an open-air café with live music and sip a "mojito" a drink made famous
Cuba travel tips
Language spoken in Cuba Spanish. English widely spoken in most areas.
Currency and exchange used in Cuba
The Cuban Convertible Peso is the local currency, although Canadian dollars are
recommended. Most hotels have a money exchange office on site, although not all
will exchange Canadian travel cheques. Visa and Mastercard cheques and credit cards
are widely accepted. Regrettably, American Express cheques and credit cards are
not commonly accepted. ATM's are not available in Cuba.
Voltage in Cuba
110V or 220V (Adapters may be required at select hotels and are available on a very
limited basis. We suggest you bring your own.)
Vacation packing checklist Click
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Cuba Tourist Card Canadians travelling
to Cuba as tourists are required to fill out a tourist card (Visa – Tarjeta del
Turista). The card you will receive will be stamped on the reverse by Sunwing Airlines.
This is a fill-it-out-yourself card, which you will present to the Cuban Immigration
officer upon your arrival in Cuba. The cost of this card is included in your Sunwing
package. You will receive your card on board your Sunwing flight en route to Cuba.
One card per traveller is required to be completed. Please note: this card is separate
from the departure tax which is required from all travellers departing Cuba. Those
departing from Cuba effective May 1, 2015 will conveniently prepay all taxes
with your Sunwing vacation.
Mandatory Check-in of Mobility Aids Many countries, including Cuba, require that any mobility device (wheelchair, scooter, walker etc.) be screened and x-rayed prior to being loaded onto the return flight. Therefore, passengers are not permitted by the Airport Authority to 'gate-check their devices. The Airport Authority will provide wheelchairs for passengers use while in the airport at the check-in counter.
While on vacation in Cuba
Sunwing suggests the recommendations below while traveling on vacation to Cuba to
ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable holiday.
Resort Check-in Information
Please have your Sunwing hotel voucher ready for check-in at the hotel's reception.
Based upon your arrival and check-in time, it is possible that your room may not
be ready. Pack your bathing suit, shorts and sunscreen in your carry-on so that
you can enjoy the facilities until your room is available.
Our welcome briefing provides valuable information on Cuba, your hotel services,
money exchange, shopping, and excursions. We will also inform you about the departure
procedure and answer any questions you may have. Make sure to attend yours.
Help in Destination
Your friendly Sunwing destination representative is available in Cuba should you
require assistance. Please check the Sunwing Vacations information boards or binders
located in your hotel for a schedule of when your Sunwing destination representative
It is recommended that you drink bottled water while in Cuba. Most hotels offer
bottled water in your hotel room and can also be purchased in the hotel's shop and
in grocery stores. The ice and drinking water served in the hotels are generally
made from purified water.
Long Distance Calls
Long distance telephone charges in Cuba can be quite expensive. It is recommended
to make a collect call or use your calling card. Service charges may apply when
calling from your hotel room.
Safety Deposit Boxes
Please use your safety deposit box for all your valuables, cash and travel documents.
Some hotels in Cuba provide safety deposit boxes free of charge while others may
require a nominal fee. You will be required to pay a penalty fee if you lose the
Traveling to foreign destinations can be very exhilarating. Tourists must be aware
that potential problems and risks to your personal safety could exist anywhere.
Please use the same personal safety precautions and common sense on your vacation
that you would at home e.g. apply sunscreen frequently, do not swim alone and do
not display cash. Avoid venturing out alone and beware of dark or isolated areas.
Taxes and Tipping
Generally, taxes are automatically added to purchases. The tipping percentage is
similar to that at home. If you receive good service, please express your gratitude
and offer a tip.
Your Flight Home
Please check the Sunwing Vacations information boards or binders located in your
hotel to reconfirm your flight from Cuba and its departure time. As a friendly reminder,
make sure that you have packed your flight documents, medication, or any articles
that you must have with you at all times in your carry-on luggage. Seat selection
is on a first come, first serve basis at the airport, unless previously booked and
paid for prior to your departure.
Documents needed to visit Cuba Canadian Citizens must carry a valid Canadian Passport Canadian Citizens please click here Non-Canadian citizens please contact the Cuba consulate
or embassy prior to booking or contact Sunwing for further assistance.
The national anthem…is “Bayamesa” - known as “The Lone Star Banner”.
Sailing the ocean…Christopher Columbus stumbled upon Cuba in 1492, declaring it
By the mid-1800s, Cuba was producing over 1/3 of all the worlds sugar.
Interestingly, the island of Cuba is slightly larger in size than England!