Cuba: An Exciting Travel Destination and Cultural Surprise

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Despite numerous political problems that the country was so rich in, Cuba remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in the Caribbean Sea. Hundreds of thousands of tourists from around the world come to Cuba every year, attracted by its warm climate, beautiful sea, the island’s rich history and the famous Cuban cigars.

Havana is located in the northwest of the island. It is known for the magnificent mansions and the buildings in the style of developing socialism. The city has a lot of cutting-edge skyscrapers just opposite to the numerous dilapidated houses. Grandiose hotels in the coastal area of the city and numerous churches contribute to the general tourist outlook of the city.

The historic core of the city is Old Havana, located around the port and Havana Bay. It is a narrow strait into the harbor, protected on both sides by the old fortresses Castillo del Morro and Castillo de la Punta. The west coast of the city is guarded by the forts of La Cabana and La Real-Fuersa, the oldest fortification in North and South America.

Nowadays it houses the museum of ancient weapons. Havana’s seafront Malecon is a favorite walking place of the citizens and the arena of the traditional February Carnival. From here, the main street of Havana, The Paseo del Prado, begins. This boulevard is one of the main monuments of the old Havana, paved with marble slabs and green with a variety of trees. In the street, one will find picturesque mansions representing the old Spanish style. Today, it is one of the most popular holiday destinations. Prado is the place where one can see the building of the National Capitol, the Cuban Academy of Sciences, and the National Library of Science and Technology. Nearby the tourists will see the former Presidential Palace (which is the Museum of the Revolution now) and the Governor’s Palace (the present-day Museum of the City of Havana).

One of the best resorts in the Western Hemisphere is Varadero. Magnificent beaches of white fine sand and amazing turquoise sea water stretch for miles here. The coast is lined up with dozens of comfortable hotels. Varadero beaches are the three best beaches in the world, and the safety in these places is perhaps the best in Latin America. Varadero neighborhood is very picturesque, there are many unique places there, just as the Ambrosio cave with rock paintings, Varadero National Park, the dolphin and crocodile nursery, the islands of Cayo Largo, Cayo Guillermo and Cayo Coco, as well as many smaller islands called Royal Gardens. The resort has all conditions for recreation, including 23 diving centers, numerous swimming pools, sports facilities and all kinds of boats, yachts, jet skis, and paragliding.

Holguin is the second largest resort area of the country after Varadero and Havana. It was here that Columbus first set foot on the ground of the island. Here one will find the most beautiful beaches of Cuba, Paya Esmeralda, the famous beach Gvardalavaka with a beautiful coral reef, and Playa Pesquero with exceptionally beautiful seabed. The local hotels are surrounded by tropical greenery and correspond to the highest international standards.

There are many tiny islands, caves, rivers, waterfalls and natural mud springs. In the area of Haguey Grande, one can go to the largest lake in Cuba, Laguna del Tesoro, known for its large trout. This place is a famous destination for fans of sport fishing. There is also the crocodile nursery nearby.

The provincial capital, the city of Holguin, is interesting for its cathedral of San Isidoro, the Provincial History Museum, the Museum of Natural Sciences. Of special interest is also Carlos de la Torre park with an aquarium nearby.

Santiago de Cuba is famous for the world’s only museum of history of piracy. It is home place to two theaters, seven museums, the picturesque city cathedral, the conservatory, the university, and many cinemas. But most importantly, Santiago de Cuba is famous all over the country for their Carnival and the Feast of Fire. The local Natural Park Baconao is declared a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.