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Cuba – your motorcycle travel destination in 2017?

Wednesday, February, 8nd, 2017 | Stephan Weckschmied | News / North and South America

Searching for the perfect motorcycle holiday destination? You want to stay in a 5-star-resort, enjoy international gourmet cuisine, check your finances on wifi during your coffee stop, go out for shopping in fancy Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci or Louis Vuitton stores?

Then forget Cuba!

Will Cuba be your motorcycle travel destination 2017?

Cuba cannot offer all of the mentioned, but so much more. The Carribbean island is a place of contrasts, where dream beaches stand against „concrete-bunker“-style-hotels, colonial buildings against ruins, friendly people against impecunious people.

Furthermore, more than anything Cuba is a time travel to a country, that often appears so much more authentic and more original than neighbouring Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and left alone Bahamas.

Is Cuba an insider tip for motorcycle travellers?

Well, tourism is growing at an incredible speed, the country has seen direct flights coming in from the USA for a while again, crowds of American groups are guided to the touristic hotspots on the island. Canadians and Europeans, too, are trying to discover the country with the flair of long past times as long as it is the way it is. Cuba is not an insider tip any more, and yet there is much to suggest that now would be the time to visit Cuba, because signs of further modernisation and westernisation can barely be ignored.

There are more than enough reasons for going to Cuba:

1) Colonial architecture

All over the island you can find testimonies of the rich colonial heritage. The historical centre of Havana, Habana Vieja, has partly been carefully restored. Towns like Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Sancti Spiritus or Santiago de Cuba offer carribbean colonial architecture at ist best.

Colonial architecture Cuba

2) Beaches

Cuban beaches can stand comparison with the best in the world. You will find beaches all over the more than 3700km-coastline, e.g. on the southern coast near Trinidad and Cienfuegos, on the keys in the North and in Varadero. White sands and turquoise sea make a carribbean dream!

Beautiful beaches in Cuba

3) Nature

Part of the back country is a tropical paradise, the limestone hills of Vinales, the lush and green mountains of Topes de Collantes and Sierra Maestra, water falls and a rich flora and fauna are waiting to be discovered.

Cuba's backcountry: A tropical paradise

4) Music

Buena Vista Social Club and their musicians have recently made an international breaktrough, but they are only the spearhead of a myriad of highly qualified Cuban musicians. Whether in the bars of Havana or in the casa de la musica in Trinidad – every evening you will find countless chances to listen to cuban sound of the highest musical quality and perhaps try a bit of dancing, too.

 

Music belongs to Cuba

5) Cigars

The world's best cigars come from Cuba and are being smoked by many important personalities! Monetcristo, Cohiba or Romeo y Julieta...who has not heard these names of famous cigars?

 

Enjoy some of the world's best cigars

6) Rum, Mojito and bars

Ernest Hemingway, who spent much of his life in Cuba, once said: „My Moijto in La Bodeguita and my Daiquiri in El Floritita“, hereby referring to 2 of the most famous bars in Havana. Today you can still try one oft he numerous cuban rum-varieties in these locations.

 

Famous and delicious - cuban rum

7) People’s cordiality

Coming to Cuba with the prejudices of a Western tourist, you may be surprised, but people are very friendly and satisfied. It may well be, that they long for the luxury and consumer goods available in Western industrialized countries, but Cuba is all important to them – they love their country.

 

You feel very welcome in Cuba

All in all the atmosphere and the flair of the island (yet) make it a unique destination. When visiting Cuba your main motive should be getting to know the culture, landscape and the people of the country. Motorcycling is definitely a great way to do so.

Cuba is not flawless, but Cuba might be your perfect motorcycle travel destination in 2017 when looking for a special adventure!

Your motorcycling destination 2017?

Text: Albert Knapp, Edelweiss Product Management

Photos: Alexander Seger, Alan Magnoni, Manuel Marabese

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Friday, June, 30nd, 2017 at 17:24

I've always wanted to go to Cuba in general, but on a bike sounds heavenly.

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