One of the few remaining communist countries, Cuba is slowly implementing market reforms. The people are extremely poor but have a literacy rate well above 99% and excellent, free healthcare. Tourism is concentrated on a few luxury resorts in places such as Varadero on the north coast. Independent travel is possible but awkward as there is little infrastructure.

Havana is an exotic and fascinating city with excellent nightlife – make sure to have a rum or two. Santiago de Cuba on the south coast is the birthplace of the revolution. A mausoleum in Santa Clara is said to hold the remains of Che Guevara.


Cuba flag

Why you should go:

Go while it is still communist.

Why you shouldn't:

You don't want to feel the need to hide your wealth.

Map of Cuba