Cuba, which has a strategic location in the Caribbean region, prioritizes tourism to achieve economic growth.
Cuba's privileged geographic location, five-century-old traditions and well-preserved nature are key elements in the country's tourism industry.
Beaches of fine white sand and crystal-clear water attract thousands of foreign tourists who visit Cuba every year.
In western Matanzas province, the world-famous Varadero beach, which runs along 22 kilometers on the Hicacos peninsula, is one of the most visited destinations by foreign vacationers.
Santa Lucía, one of the world's most beautiful beaches, is in Camagüey. It is protected by the second largest coral reef on earth and is inhabited by large colonies of pink flamingos.
Holguín offers nearly 60 kilometers of beaches, both big and small, on the Atlantic coast, many of which can compare to the world's best beaches.
Three dozen diving centers operate throughout the Cuban archipelago, offering initiation courses and diving programs in coral reefs and caverns under international standards.
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.
Cuba's fauna consists of 16,500 species, including some zoological groups whose endemism exceeds 90 percent. The native flora is made up of more than 6,300 species of different colors and shapes.
Natural and biosphere reserves, natural landscapes, national parks and protected areas make up a broad network of one-of-a-kind well-preserved options.
The island nation has also inherited the Spanish architectural wealth and the European influence that followed the colonial period.
Cuba's tourism industry also offers interesting options such as ecotourism and health tourism.
In that regard, several medical facilities, specialized hotels where medical treatments are provided and resorts with mineral-medicinal water are available for tourists throughout the country.