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Cuba: Nature, Culture and Leisure

The Cuban archipelago, strategically located in the Caribbean, stands out for the diversity of its leisure options which combine the country’s exuberant nature with its cultural traditions and history.

The traditional sun and beach destinations in the island complement the beauty of the Cuban coasts with other elements such as the fusion of races and traditions in a process that has lasted several centuries.

Precisely, the country’s rich cultural heritage, built up through the years, is an important reason that is taken into account by the thousands of visitors who bet on the island to spend their vacations.

Cities with abundant examples of the colonial architecture –perfectly preserved-, hotels linked to plastic arts; historic and cultural sites and a large program of celebrations and festivities make up the portfolio of tourist options in the country.

In addition, Cuba boosts the design of leisure programs related with activities aimed at improving the vacationers’ health conditions.

In this sense, Cuba has been using its own natural resources for several years, with scientifically supported results that become evident in the satisfaction of thousands of tourists.

Sea bottom

Places like San José del Lago, in the province of Sancti Spíritus, stand out as an option to improve the visitors’ quality of life thanks to the mineral-medicinal quality of its thermal waters, and treatments with traditional medicine.

The waters in the abovementioned site keep a steady temperature of 33 degrees Celsius; they are characterized by its diuretic features, as well as their rapid absorption, circulation and elimination by the human body.

Meanwhile, in Pinar del Río, the westernmost Cuban province, the site known as San Diego de los Baños, famous for its medicinal waters, also offers treatments with acupuncture, medicinal muds, honey-based therapies and natural medications, as part of the techniques of natural and traditional medicine.

In the central province of Villa Clara, the Elguea spa offers waters of high mineral content, with sodic, bromic and slightly sulfurous characteristics, at an average temperature of 45 degrees Celsius and a water volume flow of 25 liters per second.

In addition, there are several nautical options, including diving in the more than 70,000 kilometers available in the Cuban island shelf.

The abovementioned option is complemented by hundreds of sunken ships from the colonial time to the present, which sank near the Cuban coasts, taking into account the role played by the island in the routes of the fleets sailing from the Caribbean to Europe.

Three dozen specialized diving centers are available in the island, with facilities for beginners’ courses and diving in coral reefs and caverns, always under the international standards established for such activity.

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