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Cuba is the friendliest and safest island in the Caribbean. The people are my number one reason for visiting the island, visits which started in the mid-1980. Some of my best friends in Cuba I have known for more than 25 years and whenever I visit new hotels or places, I make new friends with whom I keep in touch on a regular basis.

The island's culture, music and history are also important features; Cuba is much more than sun and sea, there is great deal to see and experience outside of the resort not only in Varadero, but in other areas and in the small towns throughout the island.

Gwen Lee, Travel Agent, Concorde Travel Services

I have been going to Cuba for almost 20 years and I have now been fortunate enough to visit 13 of the 16 provinces. Throughout my many visits I have been treated with warmth and kindness; the beaches, the culture and the people make Cuba one of my favourite destinations to visit. I have many friends in many provinces and we keep in touch on a regular basis.

Bonnie Eccles, Travel agent, Moreno Travel, Cuba Specialist.

Eastern Cuba is one serendipitous adventure after another, whether its reflecting on the life of the iconic Che Guevara at the Mausoleum in Santa Clara, marvelling at the collection in the Botanical Garden in Cienfuegos, wandering the cobblestone streets of Trinidad, quaffing a local beer in the village of Manaca Iznaga, meeting artists in their studios in Camaguey or experiencing the flavour of the city on a Bixi-Taxi tour, becoming entranced by the music of Santiago-from the Afro-Cuban drum rhythms of Tumba Francesca to the lively traditional performances at Casa de la Trova; engaging in the beautiful scenery in and around Gibara in Holguin Province, and experiencing amazing culinary offerings throughout the entire journey.  Culture and history combine with local interaction and smiles to make Eastern Cuba a destination to pursue.

Steve Gillick, Travel writer

I like Cuba for many of the reasons everyone else enjoys it. The great beaches, colonial architecture, old cars, and, of course the Cuban people.  But every visit offers an opportunity to discover something new, like the tiny club in Santiago de Cuba that Beatle Paul McCartney wondered into one night. I’m  still working my way through all nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites (more than any other Caribbean island) and can’t get enough of Cuban music  - everything from Benny More to Los Van Van, or the street musicians in the public squares. Cuba me encanta!

Diane Slawych, Travel writer specializing in the Caribbean