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Cuba: The Pleasure of Tourism

The Cuban archipelago, full of natural, historic and cultural attractions for tourism, is an excellent option for thousands of foreign vacationers who visit the country every year.

Cuba's tourism sector has a broad hotel infrastructure characterized by diversity in its dimensions, designs and location of the hotels.

The Cuban archipelago, famous for its excellent beaches, 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.

Three dozens of specialized dive center operate throughout the country, where vacationers can take initiation courses and dive in coral reefs and caverns, under strict international standards for that activity.

The country has also inherited the Spanish architectural wealth and the European influence that followed the colonial period.

Sirena Beach.
Sunset, Cayo Largo del Sur
Beach, Cayo Largo del Sur

Precisely, that element turns the Cuban capital, one of the first seven villages founded by the Spanish conquistadors and initially called San Cristóbal de La Habana, and especially its historic heart, into a key element in many tourist programs.

Havana's historic heart, declared Humankind's Heritage by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1982, holds most of the city's museums, churches, cultural centers and buildings from the Spanish colonial period. Old Havana covers an area of 4.5 square kilometers and has a rich colonial architecture and centuries-old customs and traditions.

That infrastructure combines large hotels and small establishments that provide excellent services to guests.

Hotels such as Nacional de Cuba, Plaza and Inglaterra are among the most famous in the Cuban capital, in contrast to small establishments in Old Havana.

Unique establishments for cigar aficionados like the Conde de Villanueva Hotel or monastery-style hotels like Los Frailes are complemented by facilities like Palacio de San Miguel, an attractive option for those looking for culture and intimacy.

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.

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