Cigars, salsa and rum cocktails

Full of timeworn charisma and easy to delight in, Cuba has had a rough time of it over the years. But there’s something about the irrepressible spirit and zest-for-life of its people that makes a stay here so enjoyable. From its crumbling pastel-hued facades and grand museums to its spacious public squares and sea wall hangouts at sunset, Havana is a joy. And you can still see its 1950s-era cars and visit the legendary Tropicana for a lively evening of salsa and cabaret. Once you’ve had your fill of Havana’s delights, there’s the secluded Isla de la Juventud to explore. A rare treat of tranquil sandy beaches and Punta Frances National Park with its wildlife reserve of crocodiles, butterflies and parrots.