OP-ED: CULTURE: Cuban Tourism – Sights & Safety

While Cuba is a must see destination, it's still dealing with issues that may travelers. Here are some tips to stay safe while you're exploring. Photo (c) Thompson UK 2017While Cuba is a must see destination, it's still dealing with issues that may travelers. Here are some tips to stay safe while you're exploring. Photo (c) Thompson UK 2017

Cuba is fast becoming the go to vacation hotspot of the world, and it’s easy to see why. A rich history and beautiful surroundings make it a fascinating place to visit. Those who have been say that there’s so much to see and do that it’s easy to miss some of the best parts.

Here are some of the most beautiful places in Cuba that you really have to see.

Havana

Photo (c) Cuba Luxury Hotels 2017

The city is full of crumbling antique buildings, narrow streets, and curious architecture. Photo (c) Cuba Luxury Hotels 2017

If you don’t visit the capital of Cuba, then have you even really been? The city is full of crumbling antique buildings, narrow streets, and curious architecture.

The best thing to do when you hit the city is get on a walking tour. You can then walk around the city with a guide, who can show you everything of note and tell you all about the history of this important and vibrant city.

There’s plenty of nightlife to take advantage of too. Step out of a night time and drink in one of the city’s famous bars. You’re sure to find a new drink that you’ll love for life. Make sure you come to Havana, because you’ll surely regret it if you don’t.

Trinidad

Photo (c) Huffington Post 2015

The cobbled streets and tiny many coloured houses are a sight to be seen, as well as the horses that regularly clip clop their way through them. Photo (c) Huffington Post 2015

If you come to this little town, you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time.

The cobbled streets and tiny many coloured houses are a sight to be seen, as well as the horses that regularly clip clop their way through them.

This is enough to keep you there for the day, as long as you have good walking shoes, but you can hang around to enjoy the beautiful beaches just outside the town.

Vinales

Photo (c) Villa Las Almendras 2016

In fact, Trip Advisor calls it the most beautiful place in Cuba. Photo (c) Villa Las Almendras 2016

This town has a huge impact on the rest of Cuba, as it’s one of the most important tobacco growing regions.

In fact, Trip Advisor calls it the most beautiful place in Cuba. You can book tours through the tobacco fields, so you can see just how it’s grown and rolled into fine cigars. As well as this, you can check out the tiny dance club behind the main square, which is perfect for people watching.

If you want to see a good example of Cuban regional life, this is the place to go.

Baracoa

Photo (c) Centro Tampa 2015

You can wander the stunning black beaches the city has to offer, or you can visit local UNESCO heritage sites to see visually arresting tropical rainforests. Photo (c) Centro Tampa 2015

This town is Cuba’s first city, and it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. The journey there can be rough, but if you persevere you’ll be rewarded with stunning beaches and rugged landscape.

You can wander the stunning black beaches the city has to offer, or you can visit local UNESCO heritage sites to see visually arresting tropical rainforests.

This place is certainly one that you cannot afford to miss.

Cienfuegos

Photo (c) Viajar al Paraiso 2016

Walking around, you’ll notice that there’s a truly European feel to the surroundings, thanks to the influence of the French during its formative years. Photo (c) Viajar al Paraiso 2016

This city is considered to be the most cultured place in Cuba, according to the residents.

Walking around, you’ll notice that there’s a truly European feel to the surroundings, thanks to the influence of the French during its formative years.

Reviewers from Revieweal say that it’s the best place to go if you want to take in history and art during your trip.

Rancho Luna

Photo (c) It's About Traveling 2012

There’s a lot see along their waterlines, and the diving here is some of the cheapest you’ll get in Cuba. Photo (c) It’s About Traveling 2012

If you’re looking for diving opportunities, this is one of the best places to go.

There’s a lot see along their waterlines, and the diving here is some of the cheapest you’ll get in Cuba.

There’ll be beaches that are totally deserted too, meaning you can relax in utter peace out on the sand.

Varadero

Photo (c) Trip Advisor 2017

If you want a luxury holiday, this is the place to go. Photo (c) Trip Advisor 2017

State Of Writing says that this resort town has possibly the most beautiful beaches in all of Cuba.

It’s certainly hard to find whiter sand elsewhere in the country.

If you want a luxury holiday, this is the place to go.

General Tips for Travelling in Cuba

Photo (c) TeleSUR 2015

Don’t carry more cash on you than needed, and keep your possessions in your sight at all times. Photo (c) TeleSUR 2015

While Cuba is a must see destination, it’s still dealing with several issues that may affect you on your travels. Here are some tips to stay safe while you’re exploring.

  • Keep an eye on your valuables. This goes for anywhere you visit, but be especially vigilant. Don’t carry more cash on you than needed, and keep your possessions in your sight at all times.
  • Be aware of public transport issues. The buses aren’t especially reliable in some parts of Cuba, so don’t rely on them too heavily for getting about. You’ll be better off walking depending on where you are.
  • Watch out for street scams. Most you can see coming a mile off, but it pays to be wary.
  • Book with a tour group. They can show you all the best sights, as well as help keep you safe while you’re on holiday.

These are just a few suggestions for the most beautiful places in Cuba. You absolutely have to visit, as there’s nowhere else quite like it in the world.

Whether you want to explore the history or the beaches, there’s something here for you.