3 reasons to vacation in Cuba this winter

Planning your winter getaway and can’t decide on a vacation destination? With its pristine beaches, rich history and culture and blissful weather year-round, Cuba is a perennial favourite for Canadian travellers.

Read on for our top three reasons why this Caribbean island should be at the top of your vacation bucket list this winter!

Sun loungers and palapas on a pristine beach overlooking the ocean
Unbeatable beaches

Cuba is world-famous for its beaches – with pristine white-sand shores and calm turquoise waters, it’s easy to see why. From Varadero to the Cayos and Holguin, there’s over 400 kilometres of beachfront to choose from along the coast, making it the perfect destination for vacationers seeking a classic sun-and-sand getaway. Cuba’s natural beauty and its beaches are even said to have inspired the works of famous American novelist Ernest Hemingway! When you stay at the clifftop Ocean Vista Azul in Varadero, the iconic shores of Varadero Beach are located just outside your front door. Head down to the beach to try out a variety of activities on the calm waters or soak in ocean views from the sprawling infinity pool.

Pool area lit up at dusk with palm trees in the distance
The best of both worlds

Can’t decide between a relaxing getaway or a city escape? You can enjoy the best of both worlds in Cuba. The island is known for its all inclusive beachfront resorts, but it’s also home to one of the Caribbean’s most historic and vibrant cities – the capital of Havana. Dating back to the 16th century, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time as you wander the cobblestone streets of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stay just a short drive from Havana’s landmarks at H10 Habana Panorama, a peaceful resort located in the Miramar district where you can kick back and relax by the sprawling pool after a day spent exploring. Want to spend just a few days in the city? Enjoy an overnight excursion to Havana with Sunwing Experiences before heading back to the beach at Ocean Varadero El Patriarca for the rest of your stay.

Hat and book on a shaded Bali bed overlooking a swim-up bar
Picture-perfect weather year round

With an average of 330 days of sunshine a year, Cuba is the perfect place to escape the dreary weather and gloomy skies of winter back home in Canada. While your friends are shovelling their driveways and bundling up in sweaters, you’ll be sipping mojitos poolside in your swimsuit! Trade in winter for paradise with a stay at Ocean Casa Del Mar in Cayo Santa Maria. Soak up the sun on a lavish Bali bed by the resort’s sprawling pool complex – with two swim-up bars! – or snag a shaded palapa by the white-sand beach. Cool off with an iced coffee from Mike’s Coffee and enjoy a delicious dinner on the outdoor terrace at El Cocotal Restaurant.

Located in some of the most picturesque destinations across the Caribbean, Ocean Hotels promises vacationers stylish accommodations, luxurious amenities and services and endless entertainment options to suit travellers of all tastes.

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