If travel is educational—and it is!—Cuba makes for an ideal family trip.
The island is generally safe, temperate, and friendly—perfect for outdoor activity and cultural exploration. Most hotels and restaurants welcome young people. And, of course, Spanish, one of the world’s most popular languages (and one your child or children may be learning in school), is spoken everywhere!
Museum of the Revolution, Havana Vieja, Cuba
The island’s museums, monuments, elegantly decorated restaurants, colorful outdoor murals, and musical sensibility appeal not only to children, but to all family members, as well. Many elements of daily life in Cuba—coco taxis and classic cars, musical jams, sidewalk chess games, and friendly locals—will impress kids (and others) as exotic. Several of our tours visit schools, where travelers meet local students.
Alejandro de Humboldt National Park, Guantanamo, Cuba
Cuba teems with beautiful, pristine nature reserves, ideal for exploring marine and animal life and local scenery. In the provinces, end-of-year carnivals, such as the Parrandas in Remedios, offer special activities for children, and delight all family members with performances, sound, and spectacle.
Breakfast at a Casa Particular in Cienfuegos, Cuba
Kid-friendly Cuban foods include fried plantains, tostadas, and fresh fruit juices. At the island’s southern tip, one can find sweet cucuruchos (pineapple-coconut candy) and Baracoa chocolate.
People-to-people travel remains a legal necessity for most Americans visiting Cuba. InsightCuba custom tours can tailor activities to families, incorporating a little something for everyone. Cuba’s joyous music, colorful plazas, and welcoming people make for memorable family travel.
Written by Chelsea Lowe