Cuba, a tourist destination par excellence in the Caribbean region, offers a wide range of attractions characterized by diversity.
Beaches, centuries-old buildings, culture and history make up a unique attractive option that is available for thousands of foreign tourists who visit the country every year.
The most demanded options are those linked to beaches and nature, as well as adventure programs.
In western Matanzas province, the world-famous Varadero beach, which runs along 22 kilometers on the Hicacos peninsula, is one of the most visited destinations by foreign vacationers.
The Cuban capital offers excellent beaches as part of the so-called Circuito Azul (Blue Circuit), which runs along 15 kilometers on the north coast and where Santa María del Mar stands out as one of the most beautiful beaches in the region.
In addition, Bibijagua beach, on Isla de la Juventud (Isle of Youth), is famous for its black sand, while Marea del Portillo, in eastern Granma province, is characterized by its brown sand.
Tours to the country's mountain ecosystems are also highly demanded by foreign tourists who bet on Cuba to spend their vacations.
Natural and biosphere reserves, natural landscapes, national parks and protected areas make up a broad network of one-of-a-kind well-preserved options.
Eastern Cuba is another major tourist region, especially Holguín, where Bariay, the place where Admiral Christopher Columbus first arrived in 1492, is located. The world-known beaches of Guardalavaca, Esmeralda and Pesquero are the main tourist destinations in the province.
Cuba's fauna consists of 16,500 species, including some zoological groups whose endemism exceeds 90 percent. The native flora is made up of more than 6,300 species of different colors and shapes.
In Havana, founded nearly five centuries ago, there are emblematic institutions that comprise a major part of the country's traditions.
One of those institutions is the Inglaterra Hotel, which is the oldest hotel in Cuba. It was inaugurated on December 23, 1875, and its name honored the world's major power at the time, England. After being rebuilt in 1886, it became the world's best hotel.
The building, which was declared a National Monument and located in a busy area in the so-called Old Havana, has a neoclassic style in which original elements such as tiles from Alicante and railings from Seville, Spain, stand out.