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Explore Trinidad's colourful cobbled streets overlooked by the Sierra del Escambray mountains

Trinidad: a love affair in Cuba

Destination: Trinidad

Trinidad's alluring combination of laidback charm, cobbled streets and pastel-coloured mansions is guaranteed to steal the heart of most visitors. You have been warned...

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The beach at Guadalvaca

Cuba - all inclusive at Guardalavaca

Destination: Guardalavaca

A fascinating window on one of the last bastions of communism - to be enjoyed with a touch of luxury

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50s car, Havana, Cuba

Cuba - Havana, the highlights and the hotspots

Destination: Havana

Havana is a city of crumbling elegance and restored colonial beauty. But behind the faded façade an infectious energy and rhythmic back-beat suffuses the streets of the Cuban capital

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Havana car wash

Step back in time in Havana, Cuba

Destination: Havana

Relax by the pool of an all-inclusive hotel, take a dip in the warm turquoise Caribbean or explore the streets of one of the world's finest colonial cities. Nowhere quite beats that Cuban rhythm

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St Nicholas Abbey plantation house, Barbados

The real Caribbean: island by island

Destination: Barbados

Not every Caribbean escape is a paradise of rainforest and fine white sand. To help you choose the best island for you, I weigh up the pros and cons of Cuba, Barbados, St Lucia, Antigua and Jamaica

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Picking up the locals

Canteen dinners in Cuba

Destination: Cuba

Two weeks by a pool relaxing sounds great; but there's only so much you can take of the same canteen. So we scrapped our holiday mid-way, hired a car and ended up living with the locals

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A woman draped in traditional Cuban dress beckons me to take a photo for one peso

Havana good time in the Cuban capital

Destination: Havana

Salsa back in time to a city steeped in history, splashed with colour and filled with warmth and intrigue. A trip to Havana really is a must.

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We made it! (The bronze bust of Cuban revolutionary hero José Martí was hauled to the summit by Castro's lover/ bodyguard Celia Sanchez in 1952)

Cuba: conquer Pico Turquino, the country's highest peak!

Destination: Cuba

Wanna do something challenging in Cuba? Fancy following the footsteps of Castro and co? I don't mean start a revolution - I mean trek through the jungle to the summit of Pico Turquino! Here's how...

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Boot full of garlic

On the road in Cuba

Destination: Pinar del Rio

Forget Varadero's all-inclusive resorts - for a taste of the real Cuba, head west to Havana's backyard, the province of Pinar del Rio

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The streets of Trinidad

Seven days in Cuba

Destination: Havana

We didn't have much time to spare, but the lure of Cuba was too much to resist. Was it worth going all that way for a week? Yes it was, as we took in the highlights of Trinidad, Santa Clara and Havana

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