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LGBT Holidays – City & Beach

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LGBT City and Beach Holidays in Cuba.

LGBT Holidays  | City and Beach

A hugely positive, warm and friendly travel experience

Whilst same sex travel is no different, we do understand that there are a few additional considerations when arranging an LGBT holiday in Cuba, and our experienced specialists are on hand to discuss your requirements and work with you to fine tune your travel plans.

Cuba welcomes visitors regardless of orientation and despite some public perception, offers LGBT travellers a hugely positive, warm and friendly travel experience, not to mention incredible beaches, historic cities and beautiful countryside.

For those clients interested in Cuba’s LGBT scene, we can arrange meetings with key members of the community as part of your tailor-made holiday. Learn about what it’s like to be gay living in Cuba and how the LGBT community is at the forefront of many rapidly changing developments in Cuba.

In Havana and further afield there is a thriving LGBT social scene with an ever-increasing number of recognised bars, cafes, restaurants and late-night music venues popular with the LGBT community.

Whether you want to book a relaxing honeymoon, a vibrant city break, or historic self-drive holiday, we have it covered.

You may not know that the niece of Fidal Castro and first daughter of Raul Castro, Cuba’s current president is Mariela Castro-Espin, an activist for Cuba’s LGBT community. A married mother of 3, Mariela has been the director the Cuban National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX) in Havana for more than ten years. The organisation campaigns for LGBT rights and is active throughout the island. Mariela’s involvement with the organisation creates much interest from around the world.

Nikki, Cuba Specialist. Captivating Cuba™
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Havana Gay Pride, May 2018

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Recommended Itinerary by Destination

Havana

Recommended minimum stay: 3 nights

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HAVANA CITY
  • Direct or connecting flight to Havana in Premium Economy or Upper Class
  • Meet & Greet with a Captivating Cuba Representative

  • Luxury accommodation at Hotel Saratoga or Parque Central

  • Alternatively,  stay in a recommended, deluxe Casa Particular

  • Tailored Walking Tour of Old Havana

  • Professional Salsa lesson, tickets to Buena Vista Social Club, Opera, or Ballet

  • Dinner Reservations at one of Havana’s Exclusive Restaurants.

Varadero

Recommended minimum stay: 4-10 nights.

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VARADERO BEACH
  • Private chauffeured transfer from Havana, or a shared transfer to you hotel of choice

  • Luxury accommodation at some of the best resorts in Varadero, including the Paradisus Princesa, Royal Service.

  • Experience a fantastic day cruising the clear blue waters off the coast of Varadero, where you will stop for snorkelling and lunch.

  • A day trip the UNESCO preserved Zapata National Park

  • Excursion to Santa Clara, the Brighton of Cuba. Option to stay overnight.

Santa Maria

Recommended minimum stay: 4-10 nights.

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CAYO SANTA MARIA
  • Private sightseeing transfer to Cayo Santa Maria. Points of interest along the way include Remedios, one of Cuba’s oldest colonial settlements and Santa Clara, the Brighton of Cuba.

  • Luxury stay at Dhawa Cayo Santa Maria

  • Alternative accommodation at famed Royalton Cayo Santa Maria or Melia Buenavista

  • Overnight trip to Santa Clara, widely known as “The Brighton of Cuba” for it’s thriving LGBT scene, staying at the Authentic Pergola Casa Particular.

  • Wide choice of excursions and water sports

Trinidad

Recommended minimum stay: 2-3 nights.

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TRINIDAD OF CUBA
  • Private sightseeing transfer to Trinidad, via Santa Clara and through the mountains

  • Authentic accommodation in a recommended Casa Particular.

  • A tailored walking tour of Trinidad perhaps with a stop at the home of ‘La Canchanchara‘ a delicious refreshing cocktail made of rum and honey

  • Dedicated guide service throughout your stay

  • Visit the beautiful mountain of Topez de Collantes, swim in the cool pools of a water fall and experience lunch at a local farmer’s house

Cuba has made huge progress in the last 20 years on gay rights, and it’s now a quite open, friendly culture. Same sex marriage is legal, and there’s an active community in the island constantly seeking further change.

When creating your own destination mix, which we will help you design around your interests, time, and budget, do consider Havana and Santa Clara.

Santa Clara is particularly peculiar for anyone interested in the LGBT scene in Cuba. Since the 1980s, way ahead of all Cuban provinces including the capital, Havana, the LGBT community had a strong presence in the city’s cultural life. Do not miss the chance to visit El Mejunje, probably Cuba’s first post-revolution gay club and the epicentre of Cultural life in Santa Clara.

Matthew O'Sullivan. Cuba Holidays Specialist. Captivating CubaMatthew Osullivan, Captivating Cuba

Create your own destination mix

City and Beach combinations we’ve created for our clients in the past include some of the following variations

  • Havana + Varadero
  • Havana + Santa Clara + Cayo Santa Maria

  • Havana + Trinidad + Santa Clara + Varadero

  • Havana + Trinidad + Varadero

  • Tailor-Made combination, designed around your time and interests

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CULTURE
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ACTIVE
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Start Planning your Dream Holiday

Interested in a free, no commitment quotation? Ready to start tailoring your Cuba adventure with the top specialists in the UK? Give us a call or send us an email and we promise we will exceed your expectations.

We are an ATOL bonded Cuba specialist with over 20 years of experience exclusively devote to organising authentic journeys to this fascinating Caribbean nation. Our expertise and dedicated travel consultants are entirely at your disposal.

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Experience Cuba like no one else. Detailed Itinerary Suggestions

Here’s our idea of what this journey could be. With hundreds of accommodation choices, activities, excursions, and the dedicated service of a professional team with more destination expertise than any other tour operator, the possibilities are limitless.

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Coming to Cuba

Fly Virgin Atlantic  direct to  Havana or Varadero  with our excellent  Premium Economy or Upper Class fares. Use your local airport in the UK and save the journey to  Gatwick and fly via Paris , Amsterdam or Madrid and enjoy our excellent fares in Premium Economy or Business Class. Why not take a short city break in these fascinating European cities on your way out to Cuba or on your return.

On arrival to Havana International airport, we’d recommend the services of our airport fast track service, with a welcome directly from the aircraft , a fast track through airport formalities and enjoy a Cuban coffee or cocktail while your bags are collected by the porter team .

At the arrivals lounge, look for the Captivating Cuba Representative carrying our branded sign. After a very brief meet and greet our representative will take you to your transfer so you can start enjoying your holiday straight away. Your transfer (choice of private or shared transfer), will take you from the airport to your hotel or Casa in Havana.

To find out more about our flight fares or the airport fast-track service in Havana, please give us a call on +44(0) 1438 310099

To learn more about flights to Cuba with Virgin Atlantic , follow this link. The article explains in detail the cabins, services, and the experience Virgin Atlantic makes available to you.

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Your Stay in Havana

Havana is a fascinating city and boasts a lively LGBT scene. We strongly recommend a walk down La Rampa to the Havana seafront promenade, and a stroll along the malecon towards Old Havana. Interesting places to see in the area include Coppelia, the ice cream parlour made famous by one of the first and most famous Cuban films addressing the topic of the sometimes difficult relationship between the Cuban gay community and orthodox communists at the turn of the century. An the Gato Tuerto, a pre-revolution gay bar and cultural hub in the city

We have included some iconic hotels for you to consider, including the Saratoga the made international headlines after a stream of notorious visitors including Madonna and Beyonce.For a more authentic experience, we also recommend a stay in a Casa Particular, privately owned Bed and Breakfasts run by real Cuban families.

During your stay, we suggest you enjoy a walking tour of Old Havana tailored to your interests with a dedicated English-speaking guide. Learn how to make authentic Mojitos, Daiquiris and Cuba Libres and more at your own cocktail making class in an authentic Old Havana bar. And enjoy Classic culture with tickets to the world famous Cuban ballet or opera in the heart of Old Havana.

We also recommend an evening to remember with the world famous Buena Vista Social Club, and to discover the  historic sights of Havana in your chauffeured Old American Car Tour. Whilst in Havana, benefit from our specialist recommendations to dine in fantastic unique restaurants and locals bars and music venues.

For more information on our suggestions in terms of accommodation and excursions in Havana, please follow the links below:

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Experience Trinidad

After enjoying Havana and before heading to our recommended beach hotels , take the chance to visit Trinidad travelling there  privately of course on our exclusive sightseeing transfer with your own private guide and visit some fascinating sites en route.

To make your stay all the more interesting and authentic, we recommend you stay in a Casa Particular (a charming bed and breakfast, privately run by a Cuban family). Alternatively, we’d suggest the Iberostar Grand Hotel in the town centre, or the Brisas Trinidad del Mar if you’d prefer to stay by the beach (30 minutes from the town centre).

In Trinidad, we recommend a  tailored walking tour of Trinidad perhaps with a stop at the home of ‘La Canchanchara‘ a delicious refreshing cocktail made of rum and honey, then perhaps visit the beautiful mountain of Topez de Collantes, swim in the cool pools of a water fall and experience lunch at a local farmer’s house.

For further reading on our accommodation suggestions and activities in Varadero, please follow the links below.
LGBT City and Beach Holidays in Cuba.

Head to Varadero Beach

Varadero offers the ultimate spa and resort experience. The beach line is so long it never feels crowded, and most hotels have direct access to the beach. After all the fun in Havana and Trinidad, it is time perhaps to pamper yourself, unwind, and indulge in the simple pleasure of sipping a Mojito by the beach or spending time at the resort spa. We of course, take care of the transfer direct to your chosen hotel

To get away from it all, recharge, and treat yourself to complete relaxation, there’s no place quite like this.

In Varadero, experience a fantastic day cruising the clear blue waters off the coast of Varadero, where you will stop for snorkelling and lunch.

Visit the sugar cane and citrus fruit plantations close to the UNESCO preserved Zapata national park. See the steam locomotive workshop at the former sugar mill and gain an insight into the history of Cuba’s involvement in Sugar cane production, the slave trade and the present situation with sugar production, which is a vital ingredient in Cuba’s famous rum!

For further reading on our accommodation suggestions and activities in Varadero, please follow the links below.
LGBT Cuba Holidays - City and Beach

Idyllic Cayo Santa Maria

If you are searching for isolation, a quiet beach surrounded by beautiful scenery and wildlife, a peaceful place that inspires harmony and balance, then Cayo Santa Maria could be the right choice for your time at the beach.

Cayo Santa Maria is a group of small islands connected to the mainland by a causeway. Unspoiled and virtually untouched, these island attract all sort of wildlife, from the pink flamingos to large groups of lobsters and colourful fish that make snorkelling in this area a really exciting experience.

On your way to the Cayo from either Varadero or Trinidad, we’d suggest a stop in Santa Clara. Widely known as the Brighton of Cuba, the friendly and accepting locals of Santa Clara attract many LGBT visitors. Santa Clara is also home to a long running drag show and disco! If you’d like to stay overnight to enjoy Santa Clara’s nightlife, we recommend a stay at the Autentica Pergola, a fantastic Casa particular very close to the city main square and boulevard.

The island boast some of the best beach resorts in Cuba. We’ve included in our selection only the best for solo travellers.

For further reading on our accommodation suggestions and activities in Varadero, please follow the links below.
Jo, Travel Consultant at Captivating Cuba. The Cuba Holiday Specialist

However specific your requirements, we are here to help. Speak to us and we will give you unbiased advise for your trip, priceless tips based on direct destination knowledge and nearly twenty years of experience organising authentic journeys to Cuba.

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