Discover the capital Havana, an amazing place crammed with crumbling Spanish mansions, with large families living amongst the falling masonry. Its narrow streets, countless churches, cobblestone plazas and 16th-century fortresses make it one of the most complete colonial urban centres in the Americas. Its people are the descendants of slaves, pirates, colonists, planters and sea-farers, and there's music, dance and song on every street corner. Walk along the Malecón before dinner to feel the wind on your face and watch the waves crashing up against the seawall.
Hire a 1950s car and travel to one of the white sandy beaches near Havana, or down to Trinidad with its French/Haitian history – a beautiful spot with music and dance to rival Havana.
Venture to spectacular Baracoa, long isolated because it was accessible only by sea. The only place where the original indigenous Cuban population still live, it's set at the foot of the hills, by the sea, surrounded by plantations of cocoa trees – you drive through the Cuchillas de Baracoa mountains to get there.