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Cuba: Variety of Options for Tourism

Cuba, a perfect leisure destination, bets on the variety of its options to strengthen its position in the vacationers’ preference.

The traditional sun and beach options, supported by dozens of kilometers of white sanded beaches of warm and quiet waters are combined with the natural, cultural and historic richness of the Cuban archipelago.

In addition, Cuba is benefited by an architectural heritage contributed by the Spanish presence in the island and under the European influence on the years after colony time.

Precisely this scenario turns Havana, Cuba’s capital city and one of the first villages founded by the Spanish and then named San Cristobal de la Habana, into an essential element for many tourist programs, mainly in its historic heart.

Havana’s historic heart, also known as Old Havana, holds in a 4.5-kilometer area several jewels of colonial architecture, as well as customs and traditions dating back almost five centuries.

Likewise, other destinations such as Varadero (in the western province of Matanzas), Holguín, Trinidad and Santiago de Cuba are also strengthening their positions due to the development of their respective infrastructures and the design of new recreational options.

Beach at María La Gorda Villa, Pinar del Río
Beach at María La Gorda Villa, Pinar del Río

The abovementioned options are complemented by those offered in the many islets and keys which make up the Cuban archipelago, including, among them, Cayo Largo del Sur.

Cayo Largo is precisely one of those special places, with 24 kilometers of excellent beaches of fine and white sands which prevent excessive heating, which are exclusively dedicated to provide leisure and rest to those who visit it.

Nature contributes unique features to this environment, with flora and fauna species characterized by a high level of endemism, which is combined with cultural and historic, as well as health tourist programs.

The tourists’ quality of life is also taken into account in the leisure options thanks to a large infrastructure of health facilities existing in the country, as well as hotels specialized in the treatment of different conditions and medicinal water spas.

In addition, diving and snorkeling enthusiasts can have the opportunity to enjoy more than 70,000 kilometers of island shelf with about 5,000 kilometers of coastline bathed by the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

In this sense, Matanzas has the Cayo Piedra del Norte marine park, while in the southern area of the province visitors can find the Ciénaga de Zapata biosphere reserve, the largest swamp in Cuba and an important and ideal destination for nature tourism and diving in caves

The central provinces of Villa Clara, Cienfuegos and Sancti Spíritus also have a huge potential for nature tourism which is supported by dozens of kilometers of excellent beaches.

This tourist option in Villa Clara includes the Hanabanilla Lake, an ideal site for nature lovers since it is the only one in Cuba with intra-mountain characteristics; the lake is fed by three tributaries: the Negro, the Hanabanilla and the Guanayara rivers.

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