(Guest Article by Zoe Lucas) – Cuba is the Caribbean’s largest island, enriched with history, culture, and an irresistible mystique. The thin island is also well-known for its colorful culture, lively beaches, and green forests. Its 42,000 square miles of land has been endorsed by the UNESCO world heritage for its beauty and historical significance. Cuba not all about Cuban cigars. There’s more to explore.
Cuba has more than 3,000 kilometers of coastline, much of which is captivated by amazing beaches. Earlier, Cuba was obligated as a territory of crimes, but now the situation is quite better. Anyone from the globe can visit Cuba by just following the rules and regulations. Americans who were always desperate to visit Cuba can now visit by following the rules defined by U.S. Treasury Department.
1. Old Havana
Old Havana – or Habana Vieja – is a well-preserved part of Cuban history. The antique and classic architecture says all regarding life in Cuba 200 years ago. The extensive renovation has even polished it much more. It became possible right after they came to understood that Cuba is like a gold mine concerning tourism. With the help of tourism, the Cuban government and people have been able to make further sustainable economic growth.
Varadero is one of the most famous and worth watching beach destinations in Cuba. The magnificent white sand is one of its kind which draws the attention of tourists from all over the world. Along with the beach, you will see two caves here – Cueva de Ambrosio and Cueva de Musulmanes. In Varadero, Parque Josone is a house of astonishing flowers, restaurant, a pool and a lake where visitors can have a breath full of peace.
Founded in 1511, Baracoa is said to be thecountry’s oldest city. The most worth visiting sight here is the beach with black sand, crashing water streams and roaring waterfalls. Most visitors came here to hike Yunque, which is a very famous mountain with a height of 589 meters offering incredible views of the sea.
As a UNESCO world heritage site, the buildings from 17th to 19th century have been beautifully restored. Today, Trinidad is one of the most popular tourist towns of Cuba. In the east of Trinidad, there are various heritages that contain monuments and symbolic 19th century locations. The old town is only open for a walk or horse traffic.
It is a glittery beach situated in the Holguin province which is quieter and more remote than Varadero. It is a highly recommended sight to visit for those tourists who have always been seeking tropical sun.
6. Playa Paraiso
Cuba is a country specifically known for its beautiful beaches, and Playa Paraiso is among those beauties. The white and the aqua blue water is a pure attraction for those who are true seekers of sun, with typically dry and sunny climate.
7. Caya Coco
It is another ideal beach destination of Cuba well known for its clear waters. The sun bleached sand is also another point of attraction. You can experience a bit of aquatic wildlife here in the form of turtles, crocodiles, and flamingos. It is less developed than that of other Cuban beaches.
8. The Malecon
The Malecon is one of Havana’s most popular areas and an essential stop for anyone who is traveling to Cuba. The Malecon began construction in 1902. Its 7-kilometer road offers a long walk beside the Caribbean sea, and you can sight-see well preserved cultural heritages of the 20th century. It is a place where you will have something to do in a day you can visit places while in the night you can hang out with skilled musicians and amazing dancers.
It is a city full of the grandiose architecture hailing European style. It is known as “The Paris of Cuba” because it is partially influenced by the French in customs as well as in style. There is not much other than this about this small city, but what it consists of is enough to attract tourism.
10. Santa Clara
When it feels like there is nothing in Cuba other than beaches, resorts and islands – Santa Clara will change your feel at once. Santa Clara is rich in cultural attractions. It is a vibrant university town and known for the famous site of the last major guerrilla battle which was led by Che Guevara in 1958. His body was also laid to rest in the very same city, and his mausoleum is considered to be one of the town’s biggest attractions. Despite some minor renovations, the city is in original condition.
ZOE LUCAS s is a freelance blogger who loves to write on different niches and is always anxious to travel. Her passion for traveling is making her work as a content writer at SolturaTravel!