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Weekly report on Cuba's tourism industry
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Cuba: Leisure and Modernity

Cuba, full of the traditional sun and beach options for tourism, also bets on modern offers in order to meet the demands of the tourist industry.

Excellent beaches, cultural and historic sites go hand in hand to make up unique and attractive options for thousands of visitors who arrive in the country every year.

In addition, tourist programs including adventure, incentive, congress and convention, cultural and sports tourism, among other recently included options, are increasing in the Cuban leisure portfolio.

Also, the alternatives related to emblematic items of the Cuban economy such as the famous Cuban cigars and rums, also contribute to the options in the island.

Nevertheless, Cuba is famous for its sun and beach options which are complemented by diving opportunities in more than 70,000 kilometers of island shelf and about 5,000 kilometers of coastline, bathed by the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

Close to 6,500 species of fish, crustaceous, sponges and mollusks; accompanied by several coral varieties, make the island into one of the best preserved underwater ecosystems in the region.

Jardines del Rey Marina.

Three dozen specialized diving centers operate in the territory, including facilities for basic diving courses and diving in coral reefs and caverns under the international standards for such activity.

Likewise, protected areas, biosphere reserves, swamps and regions of endemic flora and fauna can be fully enjoyed through accesses provided by specialized paths designed for those visitors who arrive in the island, with an interest in nature.

The mountain ecosystems in the country are included in the dynamic growth of the sector and many options already involve tours and stays in these areas.

The relief of the country, including four mountain ranges which cover approximately 21 percent of the island’s surface and comprises 37 percent of the woodland, provides a significant potential for the activity.

As an added value to the beaches, the cities represent important options to be taken into account in the tourist industry in which Havana, the Cuban capital city, stands out.

Havana’s historic heart holds several museums, churches, cultural institutions and buildings dating back to colonial time; also including about 33,000 constructions, most of them built in the 18th and 19th centuries.

In the country’s central area, the city of Cienfuegos stands out for its two dozen libraries, 11 museums, over 30 movie theaters and five theaters; all complemented by cultural institutions, art galleries and monuments which reflect the Cuban traditions for the enjoyment of domestic and foreign visitors.

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