Cuba is great place to take your children. It is a safe country, guns are illegal and violent crime against tourists is unusual. Not only that, the Cubans adore kids. They are treated well wherever you go and they are encouraged to run around and make noise – For a Cuban a quiet child that doesn’t run riot, must be ill!
Cuba’s beach resorts are family friendly, clean, with shallow water and beautiful fine sand. Whether you choose to spend all your time at a beach resort, or combine it with a few days in the city, you can guarantee that traveling with children, won’t present a problem. Nappies and baby milk are available to buy, if you’re in Havana go to the shopping centre underneath the Havana Libre Hotel and you’ll find a selection of day nappies, night-time nappies however are more difficult to get hold of, so you might want to bring those with you. Taxi’s and buses are cheap in Cuba, the old type taxi’s don’t have seatbelts or child seats, but the radio taxis are better and they are easier to get about in, especially if you have small children.
If you want a beach holiday then the largest resort is Varadero, it has a white sandy beach stretching 20 kilometres and sparkling, clear blue sea. Water sports are popular, you can scuba dive, go yachting or deep sea fishing. Children will love the soft sand and the shallow water. Most of Cuba’s beach resort hotels are all inclusive and have children’s clubs, pools and babysitting facilities. Good family hotels in Varadero are:
All the above hotels have great facilities for children and have family bedrooms, so you can stay together in one room. If you want to stay in Havana and see the sites there, then Havana Viejo is the best place to stay, or better still stay in one of the Casa Particulares, (Private Houses) that are so popular in Cuba, because you can be assured of a warm welcome and good home cooked food.