Havana and the great outdoors

When you rent a villa with pool in Havana, there are plenty of opportunities to get outside and enjoy some swimming under the hot sun. However, if you’re staying in a smaller Havana apartment in the Old Town (Havana Vieja), for example, you may have fewer opportunities to enjoy some outdoor activities. The good news is that there are actually a lot of great outdoor activities to enjoy in Cuba, regardless of where you choose to stay. Here are a few to consider.

Bike Tours 

There are a few bike tour companies located in Havana, which provide not only the equipment you need but also a knowledgeable tour guide who can take you through Cuba’s very best bits while also filling you in on local history. Cycling in and around Havana is relatively easy as the area tends to be very flat, and popular tours travel around the city and to the bay. However, it is possible to enjoy longer tours, too, which travel to places like Viñales, Matanzas, and Trinidad, with accommodation in Cuba included.


Did you know that Havana is home to a professional kiteboarding club? Located a bit outside of the city in Cayo Guillermo, travellers flock here as it’s understood to be one of the best places in Cuba to learn this challenging water sport. The waters here are calm and shallow, yet still receive enough wind to benefit even complete beginners. The best way to get from Havana to Cayo Guillermo is to fly. There’s one direct flight each day, and the flight lasts for just 55 minutes, perfect for an overnight trip.


As well as a kiteboarding club, Havana also has a windsurfing club! Located very close to central Havana near La Concha Beach, not far from the Havana Yacht Club, the club is a great place to learn as well as further develop your existing skills. The Marianao district, where the club is located, is well worth checking out. This is especially true if you’re staying in a family villa in Cuba and are looking for child-friendly attractions, as the Coney Island amusement park is nearby!

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