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Weekly report on Cuba's tourism industry
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Cuba: Options for Tourists

The Cuban archipelago, full of nature, history and culture, offers a wide range of options for tourism, a sector that has become a key element in the country's economy.

Dozens of excellent beaches are distributed throughout the national territory, where cities also play a major role in the development of the local tourism industry.

One of those cities is Havana, the Cuban capital, which rich in traditions, architecture and culture that are complemented by hotels and facilities linked to the tourism sector.

Old Havana 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.

Those who like to venture into the winding streets and alleys of Old Havana can stay in a network of small hotels where time seems to have stopped centuries ago and where they can enjoy all amenities of modern tourism.

In the central region of the island is the Ancón Peninsula, which boasts one of the best beaches in Cuba's south coast, offering divers breathtakingly beautiful sea bottoms and large colonies of black corals.

Cuba`s excellent beaches is one of the country`s main attractions
Marine Fauna.
Paula Church

In Jardines del Rey (King's Gardens), one of the fastest-growing tourist destinations in the country, 30 kilometers of pristine beaches await vacationers on Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo. The latter also offers the highest dunes in the Caribbean (15 meters high).

In eastern Holguín province is Bariay, where Genoese Admiral Christopher Columbus first landed in Cuba and highlighted the breathtaking beauty of the island, including excellent beaches such as Guardalavaca, Esmeralda and Pesquero.

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, and are perfect for scuba diving and snorkeling.

Traditional tourist options, including excellent beaches of crystal-clear water and fine white sand in a warm climate, are complemented by Cuba's cultural and historic wealth.

All of them are included in tourist programs that combine culture, the environment and adventures.

Tours to the country's mountain ecosystems are also highly demanded by foreign tourists who bet on Cuba to spend their vacations

The potential of ecotourism lies in the Cuba's relief, which consists of four main mountain ranges that cover about 21 percent of the island's territory and hold 37 percent of the country's forests.

In eastern Cuba is the Gran Piedra (Large Rock) – the largest rock on earth according to the Guinness Book of Records. The majestic and imposing rock weighs 63,000 tons and is 1,220 meters above sea level.

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.

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