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Wildlife holidays in Cuba

Tell me about Cuba …

Cuba is just 90 miles from the southern coast of Florida but in almost every respect it provides a complete contrast with its affluent neighbour, not least in the socialist ideology which has shaped the island way of life for over 40 years.

Cuba is a melting pot of cultures and has very rich traditions in music, dance and literature in particular.

The diversity and abundance of Cuba’s bird life is complemented by a largely unspoilt landscape and a relaxed, easygoing atmosphere which combine to make Cuba a very enjoyable, and ornithologically productive, holiday destination.

Our Cuba specialist recommends...

"I recommend our ‘Cuba’ tour with a chance to see a host of North American passage migrants and some beautiful endemics, such as the Cuban Bee Hummingbird. Enjoy the warmth of this unique Caribbean island as we are accompanied by one of Cuba’s top ornithologist guides."

Andy Tucker
Operations Manager

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What’s special about its wildlife?

Cuba’s avifauna is typical of the Greater Antilles but what makes Cuba a particularly attractive bird watching destination is the presence of 21 endemic species on the island plus a number of distinct subspecies.
Added to the impressive selection of resident species is an array of North American passage migrants seeking food and rest before continuing their journey across the Straits of Florida.

Naturetrek Tour to Cuba

Naturetrek offers a 12-day bargain bird watching tour concentrating on the endemic species of Cuba. There’s a chance to do a little sightseeing in Havana.

What birds might I see?

  • Colourful wood-warblers resplendent in breeding plumage as they flit after insects through the canopy of a Cuban forest
  • Wetland birds are well represented on the island
  • Resident pelicans & frigatebirds along the coastline
  • Target species include Cuban Tody, Bee Hummingbird, Cuban Solitaire, Cuban Pygmy Owl & Cuban Grassquit among many others


West Sussex

This was an excellent birdwatching tour. The Naturetrek leader had a thorough working knowledge of the birds and of the birding areas. His familiarity with the species meant that he was able to offer us the best opportunity for seeing them. Thus we had good views of all the endemics and many migrant North American Warblers. Most of the local Cuban guides were obviously familiar with their patch and the birds therein and showed enthusiasm and competence in locating them for us.


A well devised itinerary to a new destination, that makes an interesting and desirable addition to the Naturetrek portfolio.


Byron is an excellent leader and always keen to make sure everyone sees the birds. The ground agent guide was a mine of information about Cuba and its history and the driver was very safe and reliable. The local guides were all good too.