The Best Travel Destinations For Cigar Lovers
With the summer fast approaching and the sunshine showing no signs of sticking around in the UK, it’s the perfect time to consider the perfect location to jet off and escape to. For many cigar aficionados, nothing beats savouring the taste of a flavoursome stogie in the summer sun, and whether you’re looking for an extended getaway or just a quick weekend break, there are plenty of options for the ideal destination to kick back and indulge.
Our top destinations for cigar smokers
Unsurprisingly, our top location for cigar aficionados is the Caribbean Island home to some of some of the most renowned cigars. With a gorgeous tropical climate and stunning scenery, it makes the ideal location for a luxurious getaway, and with a rich culture and extensive nightlife scene there’s a little bit of something for everyone to enjoy. The Cuban capital of Havana offers the experience of authentic factory tours, allowing you to see first-hand the incredible quality of Cuban tobacco, or alternatively explore the plush tobacco plantations scattered throughout the Cuban countryside. And of course, enjoy a glass of Havana Club Rum while you’re there!
One of the most fertile places in the world for growing tobacco, Nicaragua is popular with travellers as well as cigar aficionados, due to the volcanic landscape and gorgeous white beaches. Take a trip to Esteli Cigaros to explore the thriving tobacco fields and enjoy a factory tour, or head to Plasencia Cigars and discover how famous cigars such as those from Alex Bradley, Casa Magna and Rocky Patel are made – with the opportunity to even create your own blend! Plus, don’t miss seeing the Perdomo tobacco fields and factory, with the entire cigar culture of the country, the perfect indulgence for any true aficionado.
The original homeland of cigars, the Dominican Republic offers a wide range of activities to cigar aficionados, such as a trip to one of the many cigar factories including the Davidoff Factory, La Aurora Cigar World, Quesada Cigars Factory
and the Tabacalera De Garcia Factory. Keep it low key with a round of golf on the La Cana Golf Course, surrounded by crystal clear waters and panoramic sea views, or roam around the country’s tobacco fields, explore the beaches or enjoy the lively nightlife.
The vibrant city in Florida, once the cigar capital of the world, continues to attract aficionados as a result of its place in cigar history, after cigar manufacturers flocked to the city in the 17th century, bringing with them hundreds of Spanish and Cuba immigrants to work in the cigar factories that they planned to build. The communities of workers then formed one of Tampa’s most popular neighbourhoods, Ybor City, which is now where the annual Cigar Heritage Festival is held. With a bustling nightlife and some fantastic Latin American food, this city would make a great holiday destination!
The perfect location for fans of Davidoff cigars, Switzerland not only houses the brand’s original store in Basel but is also home to the Davidoff-Schiff Ship. The luxurious boat regularly hosts exclusive Davidoff events, offering the opportunity to cruise around Lake Zurich enjoying some top-quality cigars – and perhaps even mingling with cigar aficionado A-listers!
Not only is Miami a great hotspot for many holiday makers but is also home to the oldest cigar factory in the US, the El Credito Cigar Factory. Tour the centuries-old building and even watch the workers hand roll some of the world’s most delicate stogies. If you enjoy a night out on the town, a Miami trip isthe ideal location for you – with a range of vibrant bars, bustling nightclubs and suave restaurants across the city in which to enjoy a drink and a smoke.
Not too far away and the home to some stunning locations, France is the home of Quai d’Orsay cigars and therefore the ideal holiday destination for lovers of Cuban cigars. Whether you decide to enjoy a luxurious break in the sunshine of the French Riviera or visit Paris with its hustle and bustle, France is the best and easiest place to get the Quai d’Orsay cigars. The capital is also home to cigar store A la Civette du Palais-Royal,which is said to have once been frequented by the likes of Casanova and Napoleon. Plus, enjoy the specialty made cigars in the smoking room of the Art Tabac, or relax with a drink and a smoke in the Hemingway bar of the Hôtel Ritz.
Full of adventure, Honduras is known for its thriving ecosystems, such as the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve, and various activities including kayaking, diving and snorkelling at Roatan, or rafting at the Rio Cangrejal. Cigar lovers should be sure to visit Carretera al Paraiso and take the Rocky Patel Cigar Factory Tour and see the breathtaking Jamastran Valley tobacco fields.
Although somewhat lacking in expanses of tobacco fields and historical factories, Las Vegas makes the list for being one of the only places where you can enjoy a cigar indoors, and sometimes even for free when gambling. Plus, the city is home to some of the biggest tobacco conventions, and Casa Fuente located inside the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace offers a great selection of Arturo Fuente cigars.
Home to Graycliff cigars, Nassau offers way more than just a factory tour, with a stay at the family owned Graycliff hotel offering the complete cigar travel experience. The Graycliff boutique brand cigars use the complex entubado method, and accommodations at the hotel include a different Graycliff cigar each evening for turndown service.
Here at Puro Prestige, travelling and cigar smoking are two of our favourite pastimes. Regardless of where you decide to travel this summer, an essential travel companion for every cigar aficionado is a Puro Prestige cigar case, keeping your sticks safe and fresh within a versatile and luxurious leather case. Find out more about the case here, and the accompanying accessories such as lighters, cutters, rests and tubes, the essential products for any cigar holidays.