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Beaches, History and Nature in Eastern Cuba

Cuba, which has a strategic location in the Caribbean region and offers many natural attractions and centuries-old history, has the conditions necessary to develop the tourism industry.

In addition to traditional sun and beach destinations such as Varadero – the country's major coastal resort –, cultural and natural options, and natural attractions can be found in eastern Cuba.

In that regard, the provinces of Camagüey, Ciego de Avila, Holguín, Santiago de Cuba, Granma and Las Tunas boast dreamlike places for recreation.

Santa Lucía, one of the world's most beautiful beaches, is in Camagüey It is protected by the second largest coral reef on earth and is inhabited by large colonies of pink flamingos.

Santa Lucía is also an excellent place for scuba diving and snorkeling, as it offers 35 dive sites, some of which keep the remains of 27 sunken ships from the Spanish colonial period and World War II.

In Santiago de Cuba, the Baconao Park is the perfect formula for tourists who want to enjoy the region's well-preserved nature.

View of Gran Piedra
Santa Lucia. Mayanabo
Façade of Gran Piedra Hotel

Near Santiago de Cuba is Gran Piedra (Large Rock) – the largest rock on earth according to the Guinness Book of Records. The majestic and imposing rock weighs 70,000 tons and is 1,220 meters above sea level.

Also in eastern Cuba, Las Tunas province offers 35 pristine beaches along 265 kilometers of irregular coastline, where several species of Cuban birds can be watched in such sites as the Bay of Malagueta. The province also holds the largest population of American crocodiles in the Caribbean region.

Foreign tourists can also visit game preserves and forests and enjoy mineral-medicinal waters in the municipality of Jesús Menéndez, in addition to enjoy speleology.

In Cuba's easternmost province, Guantánamo, is the village of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción de Baracoa, founded in 1511-12 by Governor Diego Velázquez, and the first capital and first bishopric in Cuba.

Holguín offers nearly 60 kilometers of beaches, both big and small, on the Atlantic coast, many of which can compare to the world's best beaches.

One of those exclusive places in eastern Cuba is Cayo Saetía, at the entrance of the Bay of Nipe. It is considered the largest game preserve in the country and is inhabited by many species, including deer, boars, buffalos, ostriches, peacocks and wild bulls, among others.

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