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Cuba: Guidelines for Tourism

The Cuban archipelago, full of attractions for tourism, offers a wide range of natural, cultural and historic values.

Cuba's growing hotel infrastructure and unique beaches of fine white sand and warm crystal-clear water are complemented by the country's rich history and traditions.

The fusion of races and customs, as part of a centuries-old process, resulted in a one-of-a-kind culture that is made up of African, aboriginal, Chinese, French and, of course, Spanish elements, creating a unique mixing.

Marked by great diversity distributed in more than 4,000 keys and islets, Cuba is also an excellent place for nature tourism, including bird watching.

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

Natural and biosphere reserves, natural landscapes and protected areas create a broad network of offers characterized by excellent preservation and unique features.

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Cuba has about 120 art galleries, antique shops and art exhibition halls, in addition to nearly 260 museums and more than 80 theaters, which are excellent options for those looking for more than beach and sun in the Caribbean Island.

Cuba's cultural programs consist of meetings, workshops, festivals, congresses and specialized courses, which are held all year around.

There are other options in Havana, including the National Botanical Garden of Cuba, which is considered a true tropical paradise.

The garden's development began in 1968, but it was inaugurated in 1994. The garden covers an area of nearly 600 hectares distributed into phytogeographic zones, special collections, exhibition halls and recreational areas.

A representation of seven primary plant formations from Cuban plains and hills, including Cuba's coastal vegetation, dry scrublands, forests, "mogotes" (flat-top round hills only found in Pinar del Río), palm trees and vegetation from eastern Cuba, are represented in 120 hectares of the Botanical Garden, which also exhibits plant collections from Australia, Oceania, Asia, Africa, South America, Central America, the Antilles and Mexico.

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.

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