Make Cuba Your Next Family Destination

School is almost out for the summer and with that comes the worry for parents about what to do with the kids to keep them busy—and preferably off their screens.  For a vacation that offers an outside the box experience in terms of entertainment, a family trip to Cuba will have parents and children playing like kids. With diverse landscapes to explore and an array of only-in-Cuba experiences, the kids will still be talking about their Cuban adventures come September.

Live like a local

A casa particular, similar to an Airbnb, is a private home-stay and is a unique, convenient and cost-effective way to experience Cuban culture. Casas of all shapes and sizes cater to families, and the warm-hearted and welcoming hosts enrich the stay with their Caribbean hospitality and stories about their daily lives. They are happy to recommend where to go with the kids to live like a local, places like El Cinecito, a movie theatre exclusively showing children’s films, or La Colmenita, a children’s theatre company.

Young imaginations can run wild

For the ultimate game of pretend that will captivate the kids, visit one of Havana’s four pirate-era forts, such as the Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña. Every night at San Carlos, actors dressed in 18th-century military regalia fire a canon into the harbour. This amazing show has been a ritual for the fort since its construction over 500 years ago when it was originally fired to signal to villagers the drawbridge was closing for the night.

Over in Havana Vieja, young imaginations can run wild in the cobblestone streets with the brightly-painted buildings, classic American cars and quaint neighbourhood museums—the Museo del Chocolate, which is more of a chocolate café than a museum, is sure to be a crowd-pleaser with the kids. With troubadours wandering the streets and theatrical performances awaiting around every corner, children will be amazed with the sights and sounds of the city.


A natural playground

Cuba, known for its beautiful beaches, crystal waters and lush landscapes, is a natural playground for families to explore and enjoy. The Sierra del Escambray is a mountain range with all-level hiking trails, horseback riding, natural swimming pools and waterfalls for a full-day of fun for everyone. For an underwater adventure, head to Cuba’s coasts. The white sand and shallow, calm waters are the ideal spot for kids to try snorkeling and discover the wonders of the ocean.


A day to relax

After a few days of exploration, taking a day to relax at one of the many all-inclusive, family-friendly beach resorts in Varadero or Cayo Coco can be a much-needed break if the kids are missing the comforts of home. Resort day passes range from approximately CUC $35-70 (rules and prices vary) and include access to the pool, restaurants and activities offered by the resort.


A family vacation to Cuba is the best excuse to get children to fall in love with exploring the outdoors and to grow their minds as they experience a culture and a country like no other. So, brush up on your Spanish and get the kids ready for an amazing summer holiday.


About the Cuban Tourism Board

The Cuban Tourism Board represents Cuba internationally as a vacation destination. Known for the warmth and friendliness of its people, spectacular beaches and reliable climate, the Cuban Tourism Board is responsible for providing leadership and awareness of Cuba’s extensive tourism offerings. Not only does Cuba have some of the most spectacular beaches in the Caribbean but it is a destination rich in culture, history and leisure activities. The Cuban Tourism Board showcases the spirit of Cuba and the wonderful opportunities the country has to offer.  For more information, visit


  1. I’ve been to Cuba several times already but always as an all-inclusive. I would love to come back and just tour the country. So much culture and history. Sweet and kind people too!

  2. Looks wonderful! I’d love to visit Cuba someday 🙂

  3. Elizabeth Matthiesen says

    Cuba sounds like a lovely place to visit these days. 🙂

  4. We’ve been to Cuba 3 times. Absolutely love it there!!

  5. That is one nice inspirational advice! We went to Cuba this summer with kids and hat lots of fun. Will return some day again.

Speak Your Mind