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Tourism for All in the Caribbean

The Cuban archipelago, which has a strategic location in the Caribbean region, offers enough tourist attractions to meet the demands of thousands of vacationers who visit the country every year.

The warm waters surrounding the island of Cuba offer tourists the possibility of enjoying nautical activities and a refreshing swim.

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 perfect for scuba diving and snorkeling.

Three dozen diving centers operate throughout the country, where divers can take initiation courses and dive in coral reefs and caverns following international standards for that nautical activity.

Cuba also offers programs of urban tourism based on the island's Spanish-colonial heritage, which can be found anywhere in the country.

One of the main urban destinations is the Cuban capital, which is rich in traditions, architecture and culture, and where tourists can stay in several hotels.

Sirena Beach.

European experts have expressed interest in the system of fortresses that protected the Cuban capital in Spanish-colonial times, especially the Castle of the Three Kings of Morro. Havana's defense system consisted of nine fortresses that, according to experts, made the most important military complex in the Spanish-speaking Americas.

In Havana's historic heart, declared Humankind's Heritage by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), nearly 140 buildings were constructed in the 16th and 17th centuries, another 200 were built in the 18th century, and more than 460 in the 19th century.

Also in Havana is the Inglaterra Hotel, which is the oldest in Cuba. It was inaugurated on December 23, 1875, and its name honored the world's major power at the time, England.

In addition, natural and biosphere reserves, natural landscapes, national parks and protected areas create a varied offer characterized by its excellent preservation and unique features in the region.

The country's beauty can also found underground, as more than 60 percent of Cuban territory is made up of calcareous rocks from the glacial period, creating the largest caverns in the region.

Experts say there are more than 10,000 caves in Cuba, many of which are more than 25 million years old, especially the Santo Tomas cavern system, in western Cuba, which is about 45 kilometers long.

A growing hotel infrastructure and excellent beaches of fine white sand and warm crystal-clear water are complemented by the country's history, culture and traditions, a true attraction for tourists.

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