It’s just about that time of the year again. It’s time to get out the trunks (or Speedo), pack up the bags and take out a second mortgage just to enjoy your upcoming vacation. It’s going to be a great time spent with the wife and kids, but who’s to say it shouldn’t have its side perks as well. Instead of taking the family to the same old beach or on the same old cruise, why don’t you check out one of the top cigar vacation destinations?
1. Chicago, Illinois, USA
Chicago is known for its cold winters and lively business, but it’s also a great place to vacation and a great importer of cigars. The family can take advantage of all the tourist attractions while you indulge in a cigar smoker’s paradise. Make sure to make time to stop by Casa de Montecristo for a Rocky Patel Royal Vintage.
2. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Be a god to the family this summer and take them to Punta Cana. Between the beaches and aquatic adventures for the family and the lively nightlife for you and the wife, it’s bound to be a vacation for the books. Most importantly you’re taking advantage of some freshly rolled cigars being that you’ll be in the Dominican Republic. Don’t make the mistake of not stopping by Don Lucas Cigars for an original cigar in its natural atmosphere.
3. Danli, Honduras
Not too far from the Jamastran Valley and the Capitol, Tegucigalpa, Danli is a great place to get the rich culture of Honduras while also dabbing into it’s cigar roots. This may not be your typical vacation destination, but any true cigar enthusiast would be like a kid in a candy shop. Make sure to put some time aside to visit all the amazing tours offered by the local manufacturers.
4. Estelí, Nicaragua
Not only the second largest city in Nicaragua, but also highly known for its cigar industry, Estelí is the place to spend your vacation. Once again, This city has may not be your typical vacation destination but with how it’s surrounded itself with the cigar culture, any true aficionado would want to indulge. While there, make sure to check out the Drew Estate or Joya de Nicaragua and all they have to offer.
5. Tampa, Florida, USA
Once known as the cigar capitol of the world, Tampa, Florida is a prime location for any true cigar enthusiast. With beaches and the bay close enough for the family and the infamous Ybor City for the cigar history junky, it’s a total win-win for this summer vacation. Make sure to stop by Long Ash Cigars and puff on one of their Grand Perfecto Maduro.
6. Amalfi Coast, Italy
Thanks to majority of the entertainment industry, everyone associates the Amalfi Coast with the rich and famous but hey that doesn’t mean an average Joe can’t enjoy it as well. Amalfi Coast has a lot to offer from its small beaches to its limoncello liqueur so go indulge in a Montecristo cigar and wash it down with some of that world famous limoncello.
7. Havana, Cuba
When most people think cigars, the number one location that comes to mind is Cuba. Now that it has become conveniently easier to travel there (thanks Obama), a perfect destination for this vacation season is Havana, Cuba. With its rich culture and extensive nightlife, there’s a little bit of something for everyone to enjoy. While visiting, it would be an insult not to stop by La Casa del Habano and try a Hoyo de Monterrey.
8. Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Not Your typical cigar connoisseurs’ destination, Las Vegas is one of the gambling capitals of the world and all good gamblers know that a cigar is essential when it comes to hitting the tables. Regardless of what activities you’re partaking in that evening, a nice cigar is almost an essential. While you’re there make sure to stop by Casa Fuente Cigars and enjoy any of the Arturo Fuente Cigars.
It’s time to let lose and get your vacation on. Which top cigar vacation destination do you think you’d enjoy most this vacation season? Let us know with a comment below!8 Top Cigar Vacation Destinations For the Summer by Ted Esposito