The largest island in the Caribbean Cuba is home to over 11 million people and is one the worlds most unique travel destinations. A Cuba mountain biking holiday will not involve mountain bike parks or extreme downhill. However if mountain bike touring is your thing then you’re in for a real treat.
Riding in Cuba you’ll be spoilt for choice with a range of touring and pure mountain bike trail options available. Be sure to bring your own bike and any spares that may be specific to your make and model if you’re planning anything extreme as local supplies and service are not the best.
Join a tour or make sure you get some local advice on where to ride as the island is large you won’t want to miss out on any of the hidden gems that Cuba can offer. With very few cars on the road the bicycle is the preferred mode of transport in Cuba and is a great way to get up close and personal to the colourful and friendly inhabitants of the island.
Hurricanes can be a problem from June through to November so visiting Cuba is most popular in January through May. July and August are still mainly calm but can be rather hot and accommodation will often be over booked.
Despite what you may have heard about Cuba and its reputation as a strict communist country getting there is not that hard. As long as you have your passport, onward ticket, and properly completed tourist card then it’s really a walk in the park – make sure you also know where you’re staying as that’s quite important, even if just for your first night.
Remember to visit Cuba with an open mind. It’s a country of colour, culture, and intrigue without the influence of western advertising and fast food restaurants. A mountain biking holiday in Cuba is a mini adventure in itself, embrace every minute of it.