Highlights of Cuba: From Historical Cities to Exotic Beaches

Posted on January 26, 2012 by

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As the largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba is as diverse as it is beautiful – from miles and miles of windswept beaches to acres of nature reserves and vibrant cities. A trip to Cuba offers travelers a peek into its rich history and heritage and a chance to get acquainted with its warm and welcoming locals. With warm, tropical climate all year round, you can choose to delve deep into its cities or just lounge around on its virgin beaches. There’s something for everyone here, whether you’re a nature-lover, history buff or culture vulture. Here’s a look at some of the best places to visit in Cuba, be sure to check them out the next time you’re there!

Havana

As the capital of Cuba, Havana is usually the starting and ending point of most people’s journey through Cuba. Although there are few American tourists in the capital, there are thousands of tourists visiting from around the world, drawn here by its characteristic flair. There are dozens of important historical landmarks to include on your itinerary when visiting Havana, but the most popular ones include the Capital Building, Plaza de la Revolución and the giant fortress of Castillo de la Real Fuerza. The real excitement in Havana begins as the sun goes down, and the city’s infamous nightlife is explosive. Most bars and hotel lobbies feature live bands playing Cuban music, a key feature of the nightlife in Havana.

Flickr photo by Simon Kelp

Reserva de la Biosfera Sierra del Rosario

Mention Cuba and most people think of its virgin beaches and historical landmarks – few know about the extensive national parks and the flurry of pristine nature they have on offer. Reserva de la Biosfera Sierra del Rosario is one of the most beautiful and scenic locations in Cuba, and it is a designated UNESCO Biosphere Preserve. Covering an area of over 103.04 square miles, the park is so extensive that visitors can hike for hours without seeing a single person. Hike amidst the mountains, wander through its forests, camp overnight, or just spend the day underneath the beautiful waterfalls and enjoy local food from the handful of authentic restaurants in the area.

Flickr photo by Annie Mole

Varadero

Many international tourists head to Varadero on their Cuban holidays, as it has some of the best beaches in the country. Warm, blue waters and pristine white sand beaches make up the coastline or Varadero, and countless hotels and resorts cater to the hordes of tourists. The town has few attractions, but most visitors are happy to stay in the resorts. But if you’re looking for a little something more, venture out on catamaran to snorkel around its coral reefs, or go on  guided excursions to the child-friendly zoo, or simply go golfing at the Villa Du Pont, the country’s only 18 hole golf course.

Flickr photo by syue2k

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2 Responses to “Highlights of Cuba: From Historical Cities to Exotic Beaches”

  1. ryan July 25, 2012 5:32 am #

    Excellent photos! in regards to Cuban nature, I think Pinar Del Rio is one of the most naturally gorgeous places I've ever seen. Do you have any pictures of this area by chance?

  2. Courtney October 25, 2012 3:35 am #

    Variety is one of the most important things to me wherever I go for a vacation. If anything, it would sure keep things as interesting as the last time we went on trip here.

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