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Cuba: Beaches and Heritage

The Cuban archipelago, which is made up of several islands in a very privileged geographic location in the Caribbean Sea, offers tourists a wide range of options ranging from excellent beaches to historic and cultural sites.

Exuberant nature, centuries-old traditions and history can be found in Cuba, which has an area of more than 110,000 square kilometers and nearly 5,800 kilometers of coasts, including 600 kilometers of excellent beaches.

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.

Even in Havana, the so-called Blue Circuit, which runs along more than 15 kilometers of coastline, offers excellent beaches such as Santa María.

In the central part of the island, the Ancón peninsula boasts one of the best Cuban beaches on the south coast, offering beautiful sea bottoms inhabited by black corals.

In Jardines del Rey (King's Gardens), one of the fastest-growing tourist destinations in the country, 30 kilometers of pristine beaches await vacationers on Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo. The latter also offers the highest dunes in the Caribbean (15 meters high).

Cabo de San Antonio. View from the Roncali Lighthouse
Marine Landscape, Holguín`s northern coast
Sirena Beach.

In Holguín is Bariay, where Genoese Admiral Christopher Columbus first landed in Cuba and highlighted the breathtaking beauty of the island, including excellent beaches such as Guardalavaca, Esmeralda and Pesquero.

Cuba also offers more than 70,000 square kilometers of insular platform and some 5,000 kilometers of coasts, which are bathed by the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, and are excellent for scuba diving and snorkeling.

The Cuban capital, rich in traditions and cultural assets, exhibits its Spanish-colonial architecture and Caribbean climate, which are complemented by several tourist facilities, including hotels, shops, restaurants and cafeterias.

Havana's historic heart holds most of the city's museums, churches, cultural centers and buildings from the Spanish colonial period, including 33,000 buildings, most of which were built from the 18th to the 19th centuries.

In central Cuba, Cienfuegos offers a score of libraries, 11 museums, more than 30 movie halls and five theaters, in addition to houses of culture, art galleries and monuments, are visited by both national and foreign tourists every year.

Among the city's many attractions is the José Martí Park, built on the site where the village of Fernandina de Sagua was founded in April 1819. In the park, there are bronze and stone busts of the most relevant personalities of the city.

Surrounding the park are the only Arc of Triumph in Cuba, built in 1902, and the Tomás Terry Theater, one of Cuba's three major theaters in the 19th century, where prominent artists such as Enrico Caruso performed.

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