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Cuba: More than Traditions

The Cuban archipelago, which has a strategic location in the Caribbean, has become one of the fastest-growing tourist destinations in the region, due to its excellent beaches, warm waters and fine white sand.

Precisely, sun and beach options are the main components of Cuba's tourism industry, which attracts thousands of foreign vacationers every year.

Cuba's natural assets can be found in more than 4,000 keys and islets, where vacationers can enjoy a wide range of options, including bird watching.

Therefore, traditional tourist options are combined with excursions to 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.

Cuba's diversity is huge, especially in the central region, where Villa Clara, Cienfuegos and Sancti Spíritus provinces have a huge potential for nature tourism.

View of El Nicho, Cienfuegos
Sea Excursion, Cienfuegos

The imprint left by Cuba's first inhabitants can be found in the Guanahacabibes Peninsula, in the westernmost tip of the province. The region was named after a tribe that settled in the area. The peninsula is a biosphere reserve and a safe haven for many animal species.

Diving is an excellent choice in the Cuban archipelago, which also offers more than 70,000 square kilometers of insular platform and some 5,000 kilometers of coasts, bathed by the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

In addition, nearly 6,500 varieties of fish, crustaceans, sponges and mollusks, and an 850-kilometer coral reef in perfect state of preservation turn the island into one of the best-preserved underwater ecosystems in the region.

The beauty of Cuba's coast and exuberant nature is complemented by the country's rich culture and traditions, which are essential elements in the island's tourist product.

Fusions of races and customs in a centuries-old process gave way to Cuban culture, which is made up of African, aboriginal, Chinese, French and, of course, Spanish elements, creating a unique and rich combination at the same time.

Cities with a well-preserved Spanish colonial architecture, hotels linked to plastic arts, patrimonial sites and a busy schedule of celebrations and festivities make up Cuba's tourist offer.

Cuba's centuries-old historic heritage is also present in a nationwide network of museums that keep the legacy from previous generations.

The island nation has more than 300 museums, including 14 specialized on art, seven on sciences and technology, five on ethnology and anthropology and 68 on history.

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