Cuba is the largest and most colourful island in the Caribbean. Known for its endless tropical white sand beaches, Cuba offers first class all-inclusive resorts, a vibrant culture, natural treasures …and a warm and friendly people. It’s welcoming for families, perfect for weddings and honeymoons, and is widely regarded as a safe destination for travelers.
Transat, Canada’s largest Tour Operator, offers frequent direct flights to Cuba from airports across Canada. This frequency of flying means that, as well as the traditional 7 and 14 day package vacations, they can also offer 3, 4 or 10 day stays. Plus they offer an unbeatable choice of fabulous resorts, fascinating destinations – together with excursions to help you explore the culture, landscapes, soft adventure and beautiful beaches of Cuba.
You can do as much or as little as you want in Cuba. But beyond the beach there is so much more for all ages and interests! Take to the water for a snorkelling or catamaran tour – or enjoy an unforgettable swim with the dolphins. Get out and about by boat or go on an adventure through the countryside on a Jeep safari. Travel in one of Cuba’s famous vintage cars, or on a steam train from the last century! Meet the Cuban people as you tour a cigar factory - or visit a nightclub for a show and to enjoy the ever present Cuban music.
Cuba has some of the best preserved colonial architecture in the Northern hemisphere. It boasts 4 cities that are UNESCO World heritage sites and its capital city, Havana, has also been named one of the New7Wonders cities of 2015. Romantic, resilient and revolutionary – Havana is brimming with life, music and nightlife, such as the famous “Tropicana” show. You can also retrace the steps of author Ernest Hemmingway as you find out all that Havana has to offer.
Founded in 1514 and dubbed “the jewel of the Spanish colonies”, Havana is a UNESCO world Heritage Site thanks to its fabulous architecture, rich history, fascinating culture and energetic people.
Old Havana is a walkers’ paradise and here are just some of the treasures awaiting you:
Other stunning colonial cities are Trinidad, Cienfuegos, Santiago de Cuba and Camagüey, and Transat offers excursions to give you the chance to explore these historic and cultural treasures.
25% of the entire of Cuba is under environmental protection and its stunning nature includes no less than 7 UNESCO recognized Biospheres. If you are looking for R&R in a quiet and unspoiled location - then head to the “Cayos” of Cuba. These are small keys, often connected to the north of the island by causeways, and famous for their large population of beautiful pink flamingos.
With so much to see and do, and with so many diverse resort destinations – one trip to Cuba cannot possibly be enough! Choose the nature lover’s paradise of Cayo Santa Maria; popular and lively Varadero; the soft white sands of Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo and Cayo Largo; or beautiful Holguin. And then be sure to return again to sample more “authentic Cuba”.
All inclusive packages are always a great buy – but particularly when the Canadian dollar is weak, you will appreciate being able to pay up front in your own currency and not having to worry while you are on vacation. In addition, Cuba is a great choice when the Loonie is lower than the US dollar because prices in Cuba aren’t linked to US currency in the same way as at some other destinations.
Fly to Cuba with Air Transat – offering frequent flights from Toronto and Montreal. Air Transat also have fights to Cuba from airports such as London, Ottawa, Vancouver and Halifax. So if, for example, you are gathering a group from across Canada, Transat have it covered from East to West.
The flight time is just over 4 hours, made all the more comfortable by travelling Air Transat who have been voted No 1 Leisure Airline in North America (3yrs in a row) and 2nd best in the World!
You can buy a package with Transat that includes flights on Air Transat plus transfers to and from the airport in Cuba, all inclusive accommodation, and the services of a Transat representative in destination. Transat also offer excursions to help you explore beautiful Cuba.
Check out the Transat “Collections” that help you pick the right resort for you. Resorts in the “Luxury Collection” are 5-star resorts designed to provide the ultimate in pampering, elegant accommodation, picture-perfect beaches and gourmet food. The Distinction Collection properties feature extra services like additional guaranteed a la carte meals, free wifi and international brand drinks. R&R resorts are typically adults only and feature spacious rooms and excellent spa amenities. And the Family Collection are family-friendly resorts with great kid’s facilities.
Here are just a few suggestions from the wide range of resorts available from Transat in Cuba:
Cayo Coco / Guillermo
The powdery beaches of Cayo Coco are found on the cays that lie off the mainland of the North East coast and which jut out into the Altantic Ocean. A spectacular 17-km stretch of road runs on a causeway through the marshes to reach Cayo Coco, contributing to its more isolated and natural feel. Along the way, visitors can take in the region's abundant flora and fauna.
Cayo Coco boasts beautiful coral reefs, lagoons and marshes with abundant bird life - including the largest native colony of Pink Flamingos in the Americas. If you like to fish – there is great fishing off the cays and also in the deeper waters off the coast.
Iberostar Playa Pilar
Located in Cayo Guillermo on the northern coast of Cuba, the Iberostar Playa Pilar, a new 4-star ocean front hotel, features 482 rooms, all with a balcony or a terrace. Its facilities are ideal for a relaxing vacation for all the family.
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4 star - Family Collection. Kids and Single Parent offers. Cajun-Creole, Japanese and Mediterranean a la carte restaurants. 3 a la carte dinners/wk, rooms for a family of 5 or more, 5 pools, Kids Club (4-12yrs) waterpark, tennis court
Melia Jardines del Rey
The Melia Jardines del Rey hotel in Cayo Coco is a plantation-style resort located directly on the white-sand Flamenco Beach and approximately 10 km from the Cayo Coco airport.
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4 star - Distinction Collection.
French, Cajun-Creole, Mediterranean, Oriental and Seafood a la carte restaurants. 3 la carte dinners/wk, disco, Baby Club (0-3yrs), Kid’s club (4-8yrs),
Cayo Largo is a small island that is benefiting from several decades of development for tourists. Situated in the Canarreos Archipelago, off the south coast of Cuba, Cayo Largo is 25 km long and 3 km wide.
Renowned for its white-sand beaches, gorgeous landscapes, pleasant weather and excellent scuba diving, this lush island has much to offer travellers seeking crystal-clear waters and local flavour.
Sol Cayo Largo
The Sol Cayo Largo Hotel is an amazing property located beachfront on Cayo Largo del Sur and is approximately 6 km from the Cayo Largo airport.
4 star. No single supplement offer. International and Caribbean restaurants. 2 a la carte dinners/wk, disco, Spa, climbing wall, scuba diving centre nearby, Spanish lessons, dance lessons
Cayo Santa Maria
The white sand beaches of Cayo Santa Maria are known for great snorkelling and diving and the exotic flora and fauna of the area. Cayo Santa Maria is close to the city of Santa Clara Remedios - best known as the place where the Cuban president Fulgencio Batista surrendered to Che Guevara in 1958.
The Che Guevara Museum and Memorial Centre provides a good historical background, and displays a number of Che Guevara's personal items, including his uniforms, hand-written letters as well as many photos.
Ocean Casa del Mar
Located along a white-fine-sand beach with crystal and clear waters, the new Ocean Casa del Mar offers 800 modern and comfortable rooms, a selection of a la carte restaurants, Despacio SPA Centre to enjoy the different treatments and the Privilege Service.
4½ star Transat exclusive hotel, also a Transat “Fab Find”. Oriental, International and Seafood a la carte restaurants, 4 a la carte dinners/wk, swim up bar, tennis, Spa, boutiques, Kids Club (4-12yrs)
The Melia Buenavista Royal Service hotel in Cayo Santa Maria is an exclusive, adult-only resort located directly on a beautiful white-sand beach, approximately 110 km from the Santa Clara airport.
5 Star - Adults Collection R&R. Caribbean and 2 International a la carte restaurants. Access to bars and restaurants at the Melia las Dunas and the Melia Cayo Santa Maria. A la carte breakfast lunch and dinner daily. Butler service. Concierge service at the pool and at the beach. Spa, Beauty salon.
Melia Las Dunas
The Melia Las Dunas Hotel is a resort located directly on the beach in Cayo Santa Maria, approximately 110 km from the Santa Clara airport.
4½ star - Family Collection. Kids and no Single Supplement offers. International, Italian, Cuban, Mexican, Pizzeria and Asian a la carte restaurants. 3 a la carte dinners/wk. Beach club, 6 tennis courts, Scuba Diving centre nearby, Beauty Salon, Kid’s Club (0-17 yrs).
Cuba has some of the best preserved colonial architecture in the Northern hemisphere. It boasts 4 cities that are UNESCO World heritage sites and its capital city, Havana, has also been named one of the New7Wonders cities of 2015.
Romantic, resilient and revolutionary – Havana is brimming with life, music and nightlife, such as the famous “Tropicana” show. You can also retrace the steps of author Ernest Hemmingway as you find out all that Havana has to offer.
Iberostar Parque Central
The IBEROSTAR Parque Central Hotel is a luxury hotel located in the heart of Old Colonial Havana, facing Parque Central and surrounded by a number of historic buildings. Is approximately 130 km from the Varadero airport.
5 star. International and Steakhouse a la carte restaurants. A la carte or Buffet breakfast included. 2 pools, fitness centre, babysitting available.
The Melia Cohiba Hotel is a stunning hotel located in the heart of Havana with easy access to Old Havana and approximately 130 km from the Varadero airport.
4½ star - Experience Duo Collection - split your vacation between Havana and Varadero. Mediterranean, Italian, Cuban and Grill a la carte restaurants. Continental breakfast included. Disco, spa, live music, convenience store.
When Christopher Columbus discovered Cuba in 1492 he described the rugged mountainous region of Holguin as “the most beautiful land that man has laid eyes upon.” Holguin offers snowy white beaches and many excellent dive sites.
If you exhaust the entertainment available at the excellent all inclusive resorts in nearby Guardalavaca you'll find at least two good night spots: lively La Dulce Vida, which is a hotel nightclub, and La Roca, an outdoor nightclub on Playa Esmeralda where you can dance under the stars!
Hotel Playa Pesquero
The Hotel Playa Pesquero in Holguin is a gorgeous luxury hotel located directly on magnificent Playa Pesquero beach, approximately 17 km from Guardalavaca and 67 km from the Holguin airport.
4½ star - Family and Distinction Collections. Kids, Single Parent and No Single Supplement offers. Caribbean, Seafood, Italian, International, Mediterranean and Grill a la carte restaurants. 3 a la carte dinners/wk. Disco, 3 tennis courts, spa, Baby club (2-4 yrs), Kids Club (5-12 yrs) and Teen Club (13 -17 yrs).
Paradisus Rio de Oro Resort & Spa
The Paradisus Rio de Oro Resort & Spa Hotel in Holguin is located irectly on Playa Esmeralda beach with access to one small private beach, approximately 5 km from Guardalavaca and 72 km from the Holguin airport.
5 star- Luxury and Adult Collections. No single supplement offer. Cuban, International, Mediterranean and Japanese a la carte restaurants, 4 a la carte dinners/wk. Disco, spa, 3 tennis courts,
Varadero is Cuba’s most popular beach destination for fun in the sun, thanks to its warm waters and superb resorts.
Varadero is part of a narrow peninsula that stretches far out into the calm waters of the Atlantic, and this location ensures that it is constantly cooled by tropical breezes. The 21-kilometre strip of fine white sand is an ideal vacation spot for sun-lovers, water babies and golfers.
Plus lively Varadero is one of the best cities in Cuba for nightclubs. Well used to catering to tourists, Vardero’s nightlife offers a wide variety of music and atmospheres.
Of all the destinations on Cuba’s northern coast, Varadero is closest to the unique and fascinating city of Havana – so choose this resort if you want to visit Cuba’s capital city. Transat Holidays also offer “duos” where you can split your vacation, for instance 4 nights in Varadero and 3 nights in Havana.
Ocean Vista Azul
The Ocean Vista Azul, a new contemporary resort, is located on a beautiful white-sand beach, approximately 20 km from the Varadero airport. Tropical surroundings, modern and elegant rooms, and a 5-star service complete this Cuban experience.
4½ star – Transat “Fab Find” and Experience Duo Collection - split your vacation between Havana and Varadero.Italian, Gourmet, Seafood and Caribbean a la carte restaurants. 5 a la carte dinners/wk. Spa, tennis, Kids Club (4-12 yrs).
Paradisus Princesa del Mar
The Paradisus Princesa del Mar Hotel is a luxury, adult-only hotel located in one of the finest areas of Varadero Beach and approximately 51 km from the Varadero airport.
5 star - Luxury and Adults Collection. Free golf offer. Italian, French, Japanese, Asian, Cuban, Caribbean a la carte restaurants. A la carte lunch and dinner daily. Selected international drinks unlimited. 24 hr butler, concierge and room service. Disco, spa, scuba diving and golf course nearby. http://www.transat.com/en-CA/South/Cuba/Varadero/Hotels/Paradisus-Princesa-del-Mar?opentab=photo
Bellevue Palma Real
The BelleVue Palma Real Hotel in Varadero is a popular fun-filled resort within walking distance of downtown Varadero, across the street from the beach, 250 m from the Beach Club and approximately 26 km from the Varadero airport.
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3½ star – Solo and Sun Savvy Collections. No single supplement offer. International and Italian a la carte restaurants. 2 a la carte dinners/wk. 4 pools, 24 hr snacks, disco, tennis court, Bluebay Salsa Club, scuba diving centre nearby.