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Cuba: Tourism on the Big Island

The Cuban archipelago, an actual collection of islands which make up an ideal leisure option in the Caribbean, has in its main island one of the most relevant tourist destinations thanks to its natural, cultural and historic richness.

Kilometers of excellent beaches of crystal-clear waters and fine sand, coexist with an exuberant and perfectly preserved nature which provide unique options for ecological tourism.

In this scenery, the country’s capital city, Havana, contributes ancient traditions, examples of architectural jewels, culture and a Caribbean climate which is complemented by facilities related to the tourist activity.

In this sense, Havana’s historic heart comprises several museums, churches, cultural institutions and buildings dating back to colonial time, with about 33,000 constructions which were mostly built in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The traditional tourist options are also complemented by a hotel infrastructure which provides a wide range of lodging capacities, gastronomic offers and extra-hotel activities.

In addition to well-known facilities like the Nacional hotel and those which are operated through an administration contract with foreign chains, several facilities located in developing tourist destinations stand out.

Marine Landscape, Holguín`s northern coast
Nacional de Cuba Hotel. Façade
View of Esmeralda Beach

In this sense, the Covarrubias beach, in Las Tunas, where a tourist resort by the same name is located, stands out as a leisure destination for hundreds of tourists who visit the area every year.

Also in eastern Cuba, the northern coast of Holguín provides the comfort of lodging facilities and recreational activities; while in the western area, the traditional sun and beach options of Varadero can be enjoyed.

The eastern territory also holds Bariay, the place where Admiral Christopher Columbus disembarked in 1492, which is surrounded by renowned leisure destinations like Guardalavaca, Esmeralda and Pesquero.

The abovementioned destinations are complemented by more than 70,000 kilometers of island shelf and about 5,000 kilometers of coasts bathed by the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, which provide unique opportunities for diving, among other nautical options.

Likewise, close to 6,500 varieties of fish, crustacea, sponges and mollusks can be found in the Cuban seas, accompanied by up to 850 kilometers of coral reefs which provide one of the best preserved submarine.

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