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Historical

By the preserved colonial cities and the Communist regime, it seems as though time stood still in Cuba. Most people know Cuba because of Fidel Castro, its communism and the embargo from the United States of America. You will find a lot of Cuban history in Trinidad. This city was founded in the 16th century and has retained most of its historical centre with a lot of colonial buildings and squares. In capital city Havana, you can find the biggest fort on the American continent, Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Canaña. From here the Cuban Revolution was led and during the revolution this fort was, besides military base, used as a prison. Nowadays you will find a lot of shops and restaurants inside the fort.

Beaches

With over 300 beaches and 330 days of sunshine, Cuba is a stunning destination for beach lovers. From beautiful white sand at Varadero and pretty gold sand at Guardalavaca to surprising black sand at the remote Playa Duaba near Baracoa. The most renowned resort of Cuba is Varadero, which is located on a narrow peninsula. On its 20 kilometres long white sandy beaches, there is always something to do. Guardalavaca is located in the east of Cuba. Compared with Varadero, you can find more budget friendly accommodations and the beaches are more focused on families with children. Cuba has a couple of beautiful islands. In the south you can find Cayo Largo, a famous resort with excellent sail facilities and opportunities for other water sports. Playa Sirena on Cayo Largo is often called the most beautiful beach of Cuba!

Sights

Visit the beautiful churches and squares of Havana or admire the characteristic and historic Trinidad that was founded in the 16th century. In this city, the historical centre with a lot of colonial buildings and squares has been well preserved. For this reason, Trinidad is called the museum of Cuba. Take a look at the nearby valley De Los Ingenios, where you can find dozens of ruins of 19th century sugar mills. Cuba also has a surprising amount of museums which you can visit. A whopping 265 with varied subjects like history, music, cars and tobacco.

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Cuba is the biggest island in the Caribbean and it captivates your mind. A renowned past, cigars, rum, old cars and colourful houses. Immerse yourself in Cuban culture in cities like Havana and Trinidad, where it seems as though time stood still. Enjoy the green nature, the tropical climate or relax at the beach. Cuba has it all!

Havana Vieja Image gallery
Time zone
-6
Visa
Yes
Vaccinations
Recommended
High season
December – March and July - August
Currency
Cuban convertible peso (CUC)

Cuba is well-known for:

  • Colonial cities
  • Surprisingly varied nature
  • Stunning beaches

Keep in mind:

  • More and more American tourist visit Cuba
  • No well-known shops and restaurant chains.

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Fort de San Carlos de la Cabaña
Historical

By the preserved colonial cities and the Communist regime, it seems as though time stood still in Cuba. Most people know Cuba because of Fidel Castro, its communism and the embargo from the United States of America. You will find a lot of Cuban history in Trinidad. This city was founded in the 16th century and has retained most of its historical centre with a lot of colonial buildings and squares. In capital city Havana, you can find the biggest fort on the American continent, Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Canaña. From here the Cuban Revolution was led and during the revolution this fort was, besides military base, used as a prison. Nowadays you will find a lot of shops and restaurants inside the fort.

Varadero
Beaches

With over 300 beaches and 330 days of sunshine, Cuba is a stunning destination for beach lovers. From beautiful white sand at Varadero and pretty gold sand at Guardalavaca to surprising black sand at the remote Playa Duaba near Baracoa. The most renowned resort of Cuba is Varadero, which is located on a narrow peninsula. On its 20 kilometres long white sandy beaches, there is always something to do. Guardalavaca is located in the east of Cuba. Compared with Varadero, you can find more budget friendly accommodations and the beaches are more focused on families with children. Cuba has a couple of beautiful islands. In the south you can find Cayo Largo, a famous resort with excellent sail facilities and opportunities for other water sports. Playa Sirena on Cayo Largo is often called the most beautiful beach of Cuba!

Trinidad
Sights

Visit the beautiful churches and squares of Havana or admire the characteristic and historic Trinidad that was founded in the 16th century. In this city, the historical centre with a lot of colonial buildings and squares has been well preserved. For this reason, Trinidad is called the museum of Cuba. Take a look at the nearby valley De Los Ingenios, where you can find dozens of ruins of 19th century sugar mills. Cuba also has a surprising amount of museums which you can visit. A whopping 265 with varied subjects like history, music, cars and tobacco.

Diving in Cuba
Diving

Cuba is a nice destination for divers. The water is warm and the visibility underwater is approximately 30 to 40 meters. The island has also a wide range of dive locations. Go to the remote María la Gorda in the west to admire black coral and world’s second largest coral reef Camagüey’s Playa Santa Lucía. You can also go wreck diving around Cuba! The Spanish battleship close to Santiago de Cuba and Varadero’s El Neptuno are nice to discover. With over 30 international diving schools, there is always one nearby.

Explore Cuba by horse
Horseback riding

In the inlands horses are still a commonly used method of transportation by Cubans. But it has been made possible for tourists to discover Cuba on horseback as well. Most of the hotels and resorts offer organized horseback riding tours through the mountains and along the coast. In Camagüey, on Finca la Belén, you can join a trek past zebras, rare kettle and colourful parrots. Or enjoy a beautiful ride along the beaches of Guardalavaca.

Tabacco plantation
Nature

Cuba has surprisingly varied landscapes that, because of the tropical wet climate, is very green. In the north of Cuba, you can find gorgeous white sandy beaches and impressive coral reefs. The south coast is a bit less developed. Here, the extensive Península de Zapata with the biggest swamp of the Caribean, Gran Parque Natural de Montemar, is located. The east and west of Cuba are dominated by mountains and in the inlands you can find a lot of sugarcane fields, limestone formations and tobacco plantations.

Havana
UNESCO

Cuba has a couple of beautiful UNESCO World Heritage sites. Maybe the most renowned is the old center of Havana with some stunning colonial buildings and other sights. Think about the oldest square of the city, Plaza de Armas, and the baroque Iglesia Catedral de La Habana. Besides this cultural heritage, Cuba has a couple of nature reserves that are named UNESCO heritage. One of them is the famous Viñales valley with its special mogotes. But also biosphere reserve Alejandro Humboldt in the northeast of Cuba is on the list.

Walking in Cuba
Hiking

Cuba is a very nice hiking destination. In the past, there were only hiking tours through the mountain areas in Cuba, like a two day trip to the top of the Pico Turquino. Nowadays, the country offers a lot more hiking trails. During the tour you can spot a lot of birds too! For a nice afternoon hike, you can go to the Reserva Ecológica Varahicacos, nearby Varadero. But also the six biosphere reserves and a number of national parks are beautiful to discover. For example, the overgrown mountains and rainforests around the 60 meters high flattened formation El Yunque near Baracoa.

Mountain climbing
Mountaineering

A very nice, but thrilling activity on Cuba is rock climbing. This is possible on and in the mogotes, which you can find in the Viñales valley. People from all over the world come to this place to climb these famous “rocks”. Want to give it a try? Go to El Palenque near the San Miquel cave. Here you can find a climbing path where you have access to both the inside and outside of the mogote.

Little food stands on the street
Dining

On a culinary level, Cuba is very simple, because there of the few products that can be imported. Most of the products that the locals eat are grown by themselves, like beans and rice. The majority of the restaurants are managed by the state and have moderate food and uninterested staf as a result. Do you want good and more varied food, then you have to look for a paladares. This is a restaurant that local people open in their own house. Of course, a nice cocktail with rum cannot miss during your stay in Cuba. The Cuba Libre and Mojito are the most famous and offered everywhere on the island.

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