Famous for its sugar-white beaches and legendary cigars, Cuba is the largest of the Caribbean islands. Rich in culture and history, American vintage cars, pastel houses, Spanish-colonial architecture and salsa music, Cuba is one of the best places if you want to explore something a bit different. If you also want to explore this incredible, here the 10 Most Amazing Places To Visit In Cuba.
10 Amazing Places To Visit In Cuba
1. Havana & Old Havana:
You can’t leave Cuba without visiting its capital city. Havana is known for its Spanish colonial architecture, Old Havana, iconic landmarks and vibrant architectural mix. The sophisticated, retro and cosmopolitan city also offers an exciting nightlife. The Malecon, Parque Historico Militar, The Museum of the Revolution, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana and Plaza de la Revolucion are some of the major attractions of Havana. Old Havana is a World Heritage Site and offers attractions such as baroque Catedral de San Cristóbal and Plaza Vieja. You can watch cigars making in an old factory or visit a rum distillery and enjoy the sea views.
2. Vinales & Valle de Vinales:
Home to colourful colonial-era wooden houses and museums telling the region’s history and Botanical Gardens, the city of Vinales serves as a gateway to the Sierra de los Organos mountains and Valle de Vinales. The Viñales Valley is one of the most beautiful places in Cuba and a must-visit. The UNESCO World Heritage Site offers activities including hiking & bike riding. The palm tree-studded area is also known for tobacco farming. The tall, steep-sided limestone hills attract rock climbers from all over the world. There are also many caves to explore here including the Cuevas del Indio, or Indian Caves.
Located on the narrow Hicacos Peninsula, Varadero is known for its 20km of Atlantic Ocean coastline studded with sandy beaches, hotels and spa complexes, a golf course. The popular beach resort town is home to some of the most beautiful white sandy beaches and blue warm waters such as the Playa Varadero beach. There is also the park Parque Josone, home to botanical gardens, lakes, wildlife and bridges and the Bellamar Caves and Reserva Ecológica Varahicacos.
Trinidad is one of the best places to explore in Cuba especially if you’re into history and architecture. Its colonial old town, cobblestone streets, Plaza Mayor are its main attractions. Museum of the War Against the Bandits or the Lucha Contra Bandidos is located next to the Plaza. The Palacio Brunet Mansion, Museo de Arquitectura Colonial and Iglesia de la Santísima are few of Trinidad’s popular attractions.
5. Cayo Coco:
One of the most isolated destinations in Cuba, Cayo Coco is a tropical island. Part of the Jardines del Rey chain, the island is known for its white-sand beaches, coral reefs and lagoons and marshes. While Playa Prohibida offers a quiet nature trail, you can also spend your time here birdwatching including the native colony of pink flamingos. From here, you can visit Cayo Guillermo and Cayo Romano.
6. Santiago de Cuba:
Facing a bay off the Caribbean Sea, Santiago de Cuba is a city known for colonial architecture, revolutionary history and Afro-Cuban cultural. San Pedro de la Roca Castle is one of the historic landmarks of the city. The Caribbean port city witnessed the famous Battle of San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War and the Moncado Barracks by revolutionaries led by Fidel Castro. The museums, broad musical heritage makes this city more than worth exploring. Castillo de San Pedro del Morro, Sierra Maestra, Santiago de Cuba’s Carnival are the best things to experience in this city.
7. Cayo Largo del Sur:
The small resort island of Cayo Largo del Sur is known for its long, sandy beaches. Those gorgeous, uncrowded beaches are perfect to get away from the crowd. Playa Sirena, Playa Paraíso, Playa Los Cocos, Playa Blanca, Playa Tortuga and Playa Lindarena are the most popular beaches here. The island also offers activities including swimming, snorkelling, surfing and kayaking and one can also visit the sea turtle hatchery.
known for the cowboy culture, Cuba’s third-largest city, Camagüey is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cobbled colonial plazas have earned it the name of “City of Squares.” Its unique architecture and tinajones, giant earthenware jars differs it from the other Cuban cities. Parque Agramonte, Plaza del Carmen, Plaza San Juan de Dios, Plaza de los Trabajadores, Jardines de la Reina and the Carretera Central, Finca La Belén, Playa Santa Lucía and Cayo Romano and Cayo Sabinal are some of its best attractions.
Known for being visited by Admiral Christopher Columbus and founded by Spanish conquistador Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar, Baracoa is a must-visit place in Cuba. Often regarded as the First City, Baracoa was the very first capital of the island. Its colonial architecture such as the Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion is must-see. The El Yunque overlooking the city is also a great place to explore.
10. Santa Clara:
Known for its revolutionary landmarks, Santa Clara was the site of the last guerrilla battle led by Che Guevara. The Memorial Comandante Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara and Che Guevara Mausoleum are among the most popular attractions in the city. Plaza de la Revolucion, Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado and the Bay of Pigs are the top attractions to visit in Santa Clara.