Dubbed "The Pearl of the Antilles", the island is one of those rare gems where one can wonder how it was…and experience it in the flesh. Salsa runs in the air amidst colorful streets, picturesque towns, and towers that have stood the test of time and politics. Cuba is an excellent spot for lovers of The Caribbean, those who look for excitement, warmth, and a charming profile that combines well-preserved relics and dynamism: American vehicles from the 50's run like any Toyota today, fine restaurants with a touch of unique Caribbean taste, and of course, the enduring beauty of an extensive shoreline lined with kiosks, excitement, and music.
Havana is a charming city, with a richly diverse architecture: Art Deco theatres; and taxi drivers in half-century-old American guzzlers, all of this happening right before a string of Neoclassical shop fronts attesting to a grand colonial past, thus lending Havana that unique Caribbean flavor, a sort of magic so special, so enchanting. By far, the most attractive sections of Havana are: Its old city, or Habana Vieja. The most emblematic oceanfront boulevard, the Malecón. And Vedado, the city's heart with its Plaza surrounded by theatres, lounges, nightclubs, and cinemas. A few miles away lies the very essence of Havana—of Cuba itself—the immense Plaza de la Revolución. Beyond it are some of Havana's most stylish restaurants and best music venues mushrooming amongst old colonial streets and new avenues, all of which lend the entire city a well-deserved spot in anyone's tourist bucket list.
Santiago de Cuba
Near Cuba's mountainous regions in the south lies this dreamy city rich with colonial heritage seen at every corner. The city is a magnet for visitors in love with Caribbean rhythms like Salsa, Cha-Cha-Cha, Trova, and Bolero. Along the coastline around the town is the high coastal fortification of El Morro and the Gran Parque Natural Baconao. Nearby lies El Cobre, a little picturesque town home to one of Cuba's most important churches, housing the highly venerated relic of the Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre. Further west is the Sierra Maestra heights, where Fidel Castro and his rebels launched their historic assault, precisely to make history and what Cuba is today—a pearl kept in time and charm…regardless.
Varadero is just 140 km from the City of Havana and is the most attractive of Cuban beaches and popular destinations in the Caribbean. It offers aquatic activity, golf, events, and attractive nightlife, all accompanied by an excellent tourist infrastructure to guarantee client satisfaction. The transparency of its waters, the blue tones of the sea, its white and fine sands, its warm climate, vegetation, and natural landscapes make it an unforgettable seaside resort.
Trinidad & Tabaco
Trinidad & Tobago is more than a Caribbean holiday paradise. Both islands also have a lot to offer, from biking and hiking tours in the rainforest to sailing a kayak through the mangroves and diving to the underwater reefs, and much more against a stunningly beautiful natural backdrop.
Villa Clara is a province famous for its history, culture, and pretty beaches. As a tourist destination, it offers visitants a great diversity of options covering most of the tourist modalities, among the most recognized: Nature, Sun and Beach, Culture, and Health. The territory has an exclusive variety of flora and fauna species, such as colonies of pink flamingos and beautiful coral reefs. This town's culture is one of the most influential at the national level—the Cradle of several of the most renowned artists in the Cuban cultural scene. There are diverse celebrations and popular customs, among which the Remedian Parrandas stand out, a symbol of a tradition of more than 500 years, declared by UNESCO Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Top Thing to do in Cuba
Ramble the streets of Old Havana
Old Havana, "La Habana Vieja," this UNESCO-attested district that occupies the heart of Cuba's capital, is one of the most authentic and earthy places in the Americas. Full of color and personality, it's a mix of historic buildings, museums, galleries, churches, and lively plazas. It is defined by the extent of the former city walls, has maintained the design of the early urban setting with its five large plazas, each with its architectural style: Plaza de Armas, Plaza Vieja, Plaza de San Francisco, Plaza del Cristo, and Plaza de la Catedral. Around these plazas are many outstanding buildings, including the Iglesia Catedral de La Habana, Antiguo Convento de San Francisco de Asís, Palacio del Segundo Cabo and Palacio de los Capitanes Generales.
Visit the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes is loaded to the border with masterworks that chronicle various artistic periods and their people.
You will see Federico Beltrán Masses' psychological portraiture, the politically infused paintings of Guillermo Collazo, and modern sculpture works by Rita Longa's likes.
Explore Museum of the Revolution
Housed in the impressive neo-classical Presidential Palace in the center of historic Havana, the Museum of the Revolution is an absolute must for any history-loving tourist making their way to the Pearl of the Antilles. The models include raw and fascinating first-hand artifacts from the political eruptions of the 50s, like the guns used by Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos and the same boat that brought Castro to Cuban shores during the Granma expedition in 1956. There are also exhibits devoted to chronicling the country's communist rebuilding in the 60s and 70s, along with parts that show the independence wars against Spain. A place not to miss while you are visiting Havana.
Discover Castillo de San Pedro del Morro
A UNESCO World Heritage Site stands at the Bay of Santiago, about 10 kilometers southwest of Santiago de Cuba, the country's second-largest city. Castillo del Morro is one of the best-preserved Spanish fortresses of the 17th century. The construction was designed in 1587 but took decades to build and complete in the 17th century. It was designed to protect against pirate attacks and served as a prison in the late 1700s before being converted into a fortress once again.
The Malecon is Havana's famous seafront stroll. A walk along this top Havana attraction engages visitors with the history of the city.
In this 7km-long sea drive, travelers will find an assortment of well-preserved 20th-century structures representing a mixture of architectural styles, including Art Deco and Neo Moorish that are painted in pastel pinks and yellows.
Tour Parque Nacional Viñales (Valle de Viñales)
The beautiful Parque Nacional Viñales is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a verdant valley in the Sierra de los Organos, north of Pinar del Rio. Steep limestone hills, called mogotes, slice through the valleys, creating an exciting landscape. The valley floors in the Parque Nacional Viñales are agricultural areas where tobacco, fruit, and vegetables are grown. For natural lovers, the park offers fantastic hiking and horseback riding in the hills.