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Tourism and Recreation in the Cuban Archipelago

Cuba, a fast-growing destination in the Caribbean region, offers a wide range of one-of-kind tourist options to thousands of foreign vacationers who spend their vacations on the island every year.

The Cuban archipelago's offers include several sites of natural, historic and cultural interest.

In addition to dozens of excellent beaches throughout the country, the Caribbean Island offers architectural assets brought from Spain and carrying a strong European influence from the years that followed the colonization period and that characterize major cities throughout the country.

One of those cities is the Cuban capital, whose traditions, architecture, culture and Caribbean climate are complemented by hotels and facilities linked to the tourism industry.

Many buildings that are Havana's landmarks, like the hotels Riviera and Nacional, are on the Malecón sea drive.

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.

Buildings on Havana`s Malecón (seafront)
View of the Castle of the Three Kings of El Morro from Havana`s Malecón

In central Cuba, Sancti Spiritus province, which holds the first two villages founded by the Spanish conquistadors, is the perfect destination for those interested in Cuba's history and tourism.

The city was founded 486 years ago, in the early 1514, as Villa del Espíritu Santo (Holy Spirit). It was originally founded on the banks of the Tuinicú River, but it was moved to the banks of the Yayabo River in 1552.

Sancti Spiritus, the fourth of seven villages founded by the Spaniards in the 16th century, treasures architectural, historic, traditional, cultural and natural values, which create an attractive and singular combination.

The Cuban archipelago 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.

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.

Cuba also offers thousands of hotel rooms that are complemented by a large infrastructure of tourist resorts, cultural institutions, sports facilities, shopping centers and restaurants.

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