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Nigel Planer in Cuba

Last year we arranged a trip for Nigel (who many of you will remember from The Young Ones) to Brazil. When I asked him where else in Latin America caught his imagination his immediate response was Cuba. He has just written a piece for the Mail on Sunday:

Car in HavanaCar in Havana

Nigel's visit was timely, coming in the immediate aftermath of President Obama's agreement to start lifting the 50-year old US embargos, which have meant the US dollar is less popular than our own pound sterling and it has been  impossible for US residents to take a direct flight to Cuba. He particularly loved the scenery around Viñales, and of course the buzz (and old cars) of Havana.

The Vinales valleyThe Vinales valley

We don't recommend Cuba for everyone - hotels (particularly the so-called 5* ones) still suffer from a lack of service and the road network is creaking - but the warmth of the Cubans and charm and character of smaller properties, even if housed in crumbling shells, cannot fail to impress. Our sample Cuba itineraries are here:

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