Cuba is not only the largest island in the Caribbean but also the most diverse scenically and culturally. For over 40 years, the proximity of a Communist state has been a thorn in the side of Uncle Sam. But visitors should leave all Eastern European conceptions of a Communist state behind them. Cuba is positively pulsating with colour and life and nowhere more so than in its lively capital. Even the name Havana, or La Habana to use its Spanish name, evokes images of dusky maidens, cigar smoke, revolution and passion. Today’s Havana may have dropped the revolution fever but the other images and more are still very much alive.