Cuba Tourism has been on the rise for decades. Cuba receives millions of tourists from all countries of the world except the United States. Europeans, Canadians and South Americans have long ago discovered the beauties of the country where I was born.
Cuba is the largest of the Greater Antilles in the Caribbean
An extremely beautiful land
Columbus said when arriving to Cuba: “Esta Es La Tierra Mas Bella Que Ojos Humanos Han Visto” in English: “This is the most beautiful land ever seen by humane eyes”.
He was right, the beauties of Cuba are awe inspiring, its beaches breathtaking and my fellow “Cubanos” incomparable.
Let me show you a few of the most interesting places on a virtual tour from West to East. Cuba is a long island close to the Yucatan Peninsula on the West and near Hispaniola Island on the East.
It is only 90 miles away from the Florida Keys, sitting proud as the “Key to the Gulf of Mexico”
Cuba is the largest of the Greater Antilles together with Hispaniola, Jamaica and Puerto Rico.
The Valley of Viñales in the Province of Pinar del Rio
Pinar del Río
This is the westernmost province of Cuba and the name of the most important town in the province.
It is a mountainous region and contains three of the main mountain ranges of Cuba, called cordilleras.
The main tourist sight in Pinar del Rio is the “Valle de Viñales” with its “mogote” in the middle. Due to being not far from Havana, we went with the school many times to Viñales. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This is also the land of the best Cuban Cigars and you may visit one of the factories.
I also want to mention: “El Salto de Soroa” a gorgeous waterfall surrounded by orchids. This province also features magnificent beaches on both the northern and southern coasts.
Havana the Capital of Cuba
“My City” Havana or in Spanish La Habana is the huge capital of Cuba with more than 2 million inhabitants. I dedicate a full page to the Capital of Cuba. I hope you like it.
Cayo Largo del Sur
This large islet is located on the southern coast of Cuba not far from the Island of Youth or “Isla de la Juventud”.
This islet has been developed exclusively for tourism. Actually people don’t live there; they just have their jobs in the tourist industry and after their three weeks shift go back to their place of origin in the Cuban mainland.
Varadero Beach # 1 of Cuba Tourism
Varadero in my opinion and many more is one of the Most Beautiful Beaches on the Planet Earth. It is by far the number one Beach destination in Cuba and at the same helping the Cuba Tourism.
Varadero is 20 km long by 1 km wide occupying the Hicacos Peninsula with the Gulf of Mexico on the north and the Bay of Cardenas on the south.
Santa Clara in the Province of Villa Clara
This is one of the central provinces of Cuba with its capital in Santa Clara. This province is known for its many beaches on the northern keys with are a series of tropical islets of which the two most important are Cayo Santa Maria and Cayo Las Brujas. A modern highway connects Santa Clara to the “Cayeria del Norte” or northern keys.
The city of Cienfuegos capital of the Province bearing the same name is located on the southern central part of Cuba near the Caribbean Sea. The name means literally a Hundred Fires and its population is close to 200,000. Its nickname is “La Perla de Sur” or the Southern Pearl.
The foundations and architecture of the city is definitely French since it was built by pioneers coming from Bordeaux and the Former French Louisiana the actual USA State. You may enjoy the splendor of its buildings and the neoclassic atmosphere felt all over.
Trinidad Cuba has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage in 1988. It is located on the southern part of Central Cuba. Walk around in the old colonial center. The market is nice for a nice walk with many handcrafts for the tourists.
The streets are of cobble stones and irregular. Wear good tennis shoes for that. Plaza Mayor is the main central square of this city. It dates from the 18th and 19th century and the buildings have been preserved mainly for tourism purposes.
Climb the hill behind the town to get a great view. To get there, continue up the hill northeast from the Plaza Mayor. Another great idea is going to the Ancon Peninsula to enjoy beautiful beaches.
Jardines del Rey
This is the name of the “Cuban Keys” immortalized in Ernest Hemingway’s novel, Islands in the Stream. One of the Keys linked to the mainland by a causeway is Cayo Coco, the second most popular beach after Varadero.
Another of the Keys is Cayo Guillermo, although smaller is famous for its tall sand dunes.
Guardalavaca Beach on the northern coast of Holguin
Holguin is a city and province in the Orient of Cuba with
spectacular Beaches and a mild weather year-round. This is the place where
Christopher Columbus first arrived in October of 1492
Three main beaches have made Holguin famous; Guardalavaca, Esmeralda and Playa Pesquero. Traveling to the beaches you will pass banana plantations and large hilly fields that were once large sugar plantations when Cuba was the number one exporter of sugar in the World.
Santiago de Cuba the second largest city in the country
Santiago Cuba is the country’s second largest city located on the Eastern portion on Cuba facing south into the Caribbean Sea. It is so near Jamaica and Haiti that it has made the city’s population different during the years.
And I remember that the “Santiagueros” speak on a different tone than the “Habaneros”.
Santuario de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre
It is home to the famous “El Morro” castle and to the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de la Caridad del Cobre” in the historic quarters. This is Cuba’s most adored virgin among the Catholics. It is located at the slopes of Sierra Maestra the high mountainous chain which was the cradle of Castro’s Revolution.
Cuba Flag Description
Five horizontal stripes of blue alternate with white with the red equilateral triangle based on the hoist-side bearing the white five-pointed star in the center.
Map or Cuba Tourism
images for cuba tourism
cuba satellite by netsa
viñales by rosita amaro
havana by hkg
varadero by cubiche
villa clara by benotzer alexandra
trinidad by yulka lucia
jardines rey n/a
santiago by alex caro
caridad by trotamundos
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