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Cuba: Recreation and Quality of Life

The Cuban archipelago, a fast-growing tourist destination in the Caribbean region, offers a wide range of options to thousands of foreign vacationers who visit the island every year.

Dozens of islets connected artificially by a causeway, including Jardines del Rey (King's Gardens), and beaches of white fine sand and crystal-clear water in a pristine environment are combined to promote recreation in Cuba.

In addition, Cuban tourist authorities promote culture, traditions, sports, science, health and congresses.

In Havana, founded more than 500 years ago, emblematic institutions contribute to preserving Cuban traditions.

The oldest hotel in Havana is the Inglaterra, which was inaugurated on December 23, 1875, and was named after the major world power at the time, England. It was one of the world's best hotels after being remodeled in 1886.

Overlooking the Malecón seafront drive is the Hotel Nacional de Cuba, which was declared a National Monument.

View of Gran Piedra
Façade of Inglaterra Hotel. Night view
Nacional de Cuba Hotel. Façade

In the eastern part of the Caribbean Island, on the outskirts of Santiago de Cuba, tourists can visit La Gran Piedra (The Large Rock) – the largest rock on earth according to the Guinness Book of Records. The majestic and imposing rock weighs 63,000 tons. The area was named after one of the most important geological elements in Santiago de Cuba province: a huge volcanic rock that is 51 meters long, 25 meters high and 30 meters wide.

Usual tourist options are combined with the local environment, which benefits from large natural, ecological and biosphere reserves, protected areas and national parks.

Cuban fauna is very diverse and consists of more than 350 species of birds (many of which are endemic), which live on islets and keys throughout the country.

In addition, since Admiral Christopher Columbus discovered Cuba more than 500 years ago, several archeological sites have been found, allowing experts to learn about the island's aborigines.

Cuba also offers a broad network of health centers, including 270 hospitals, dozens of polyclinics and dental clinics.

Cuban authorities also promote healthcare programs, and scientists have developed new medications using state-of-the-art technology.

The strategy allows Cuban authorities to provide advanced medical services to both Cubans and foreigners, with support from a broad infrastructure that can meet any challenge.

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