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Cuba: Underwater Treasures and History

Cuba, which benefits from a strategic location in the Caribbean and at entrance of the Gulf of Mexico, offers many underwater treasures and the rich history of Havana streets.

The island nation offers diving enthusiasts more than 70,000 kilometers of insular platform, including 5,000 kilometers of coast bathed by the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

Nearly 6,500 varieties of fish, crustaceans, sponges and mollusks, in addition to many species of corals, turn the Caribbean Island into one of the best-preserved submarine ecosystems in the region.

Three dozen diving centers operate throughout the Cuban archipelago, offering initiation courses and diving programs in coral reefs and caverns under international standards.

Diving also benefits from an average sea temperature of 24 degrees Celsius (75.2 degrees Fahrenheit) and a horizontal visibility of more than 30 meters sometimes.

In the Cuban capital, the main tourist destination in the country, the architectural values of its historic heart keep many elements of the city's history alive.

Sea bottom in Cuba.
Sea bottom in Cuba.
Paula Church

Havana was founded on its current location in 1519, and many of its buildings have survived the passage of time and can be admired today.

Specialized museums, art galleries, theaters, commercial centers, hotels and inns, housed in centuries-old buildings, are some of the facilities that can be found in Old Havana

The great patrimonial value of the city lies in the wide range of architectural styles, including baroque, neo-gothic, neoclassic, eclectic, art noveau and modern elements.

The development of the so-called Inner Havana resulted in the construction of huge projects, one of which was the Alameda de Paula, the oldest promenade in the Cuban capital.

The promenade was named after the nearby San Francisco de Paula Hospital, built in 1664 by a church that was later given the same name.

The heart of the Cuban capital consists of a series of castles, fortresses and highly valuable buildings constructed around a system of squares, monasteries and temples.

Those open spaces, especially the Arms, Cathedral, Old, Cristo and San Francisco squares, marked the design of the so-called inner city.

The Arms Square is considered the heart of the old city, as the development of the village of San Cristóbal de La Habana began there.

The square is near the sea, in the place where the foundational mass was held on November 16 under a big ceiba tree.

Precisely, in front of that tree, replanted by several generations of Havana dwellers, the first square of the village was built. It was named Arms Square in 1584 because it was used for military exercises.

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Alameda de Paula Promenade
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Aquarium of Old Havana
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Calle O´Reilly e/ Zulueta y Monserrate

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Calle Oficios e/ Amargura y Churruca

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Ribera este del canal de entrada a la bahía de La Habana

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Calle Empedrado No. 158 e/ Mercaderes y San Ignacio

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Calle Empedrado y San Ignacio

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De la Real Fuerza Castle
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Calle O´Reilly No. 2 e/ Ave. del Puerto y Tacón

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El Templete
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Calle Baratillo e/ O´Reilly y Enna, Plaza de Armas

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Generals of the Army Palace
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Calle Tacón e/ Obispo y O´Reilly

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National Capitol Hill
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Paseo del Prado e/ Dragones y San José

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Old Havana and its Colonial Fortress System
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La Habana Vieja

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Old San Francisco de Sales’ School
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Calle Oficios No. 6 esq. a Obispo

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Old Villa of San Cristobal of Havana
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La Habana Vieja

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Plaza de Armas (Parade Ground)
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Calles Tacón, Obispo, Baratillo y O`Reilly

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Plaza Vieja (Old Square)
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Calles San Ignacio, Teniente Rey, Mercaderes y Muralla

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Prado Promenade
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Paseo del Prado

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San Carlos de la Cabaña Fort
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Ribera este del canal de entrada a la bahía de La Habana

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San Francisco de Paula Church
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Calle Paula No. 9 esq. a San Ignacio

La Habana
San Francisco Square
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Calles Oficios, Amargura y San Pedro

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San Salvador de la Punta Castle
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Ave. del Puerto y Paseo del Prado

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Segundo Cabo Palace
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Calle O´Reilly No. 4 esq. a Tacón

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The Christ of Havana
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Bahía de La Habana

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The Traditional Malecon of the City of Havana
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Calle Obispo No. 153 esq. a Mercaderes

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Armadores de Santander
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Calle Luz No. 4 esq. a San Pedro

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Calle San Ignacio No. 411 e/ Muralla y Sol

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Paseo del Prado No. 164 e/ Colón y Refugio

La Habana
Conde de Villanueva
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Calle Mercaderes No. 202 e/ Lamparilla y Amargura

La Habana
El Comendador
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Calle Obrapía No. 55 esq. a Baratillo

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El Mesón de la Flota
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Calle Mercaderes e/ Amargura y Teniente Rey

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Calle Obispo esq. a Cuba

La Habana
Iberostar Parque Central
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Calle Neptuno e/ Paseo del Prado y Zulueta

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Paseo del Prado No. 416 e/ San Rafael y San Miguel

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Los Frailes
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Calle Teniente Rey No. 8 e/ Mercaderes y Oficios

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Mercure Sevilla
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Calle Trocadero No. 55 e/ Prado y Zulueta

La Habana
Palacio O´Farrill
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Calle Cuba No. 102-108 esq. a Chacón

La Habana
Palacio San Miguel
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Calle Cuba No. 52 esq. a Peña Pobre

La Habana
Park View
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Calle Colón esq. a Morro

La Habana
Plaza
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Calle Ignacio Agramonte No. 267

La Habana
Raquel
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Calle Amargura esq. a San Ignacio

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Santa Isabel
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Calle Baratillo No. 9 e/ Obispo y Narciso López

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Paseo del Prado No. 603 esquina a Dragones

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Tejadillo
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Calle Tejadillo No. 12 esq. a San Ignacio

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Telégrafo
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Paseo del Prado No. 408 esq. a Neptuno

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Calle Oficios No. 53 esq. a Obrapía

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