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Cuba: A Formula for Tourism

The Cuban archipelago, an ideal scenario for tourism, offers natural, historic, traditional and cultural elements that make up the perfect formula to develop the so-called smokeless industry.

Traditional sun and beach options, which benefit from dozens of kilometers of excellent beaches of fine white sand, warm waters and a tropical climate, are combined with recreational options designed to meet the demands from foreign and domestic tourists.

In that regard, there are nautical options such as scuba diving and snorkeling, for which purpose Cuba has more than 70,000 kilometers of insular platform and nearly 5,000 kilometers of coastline, bathed by the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

Three dozens of specialized diving centers operate throughout the country, offering initiation courses and diving excursions to coral reefs and caves, following strict international standards demanded by that activity.

Moreover, nearly 6,500 varieties of fish, crustaceans, sponges and mollusks, as well as up to 850 kilometers of coral reefs in a perfect state of preservation, turn Cuba into one of the best-preserved ecosystems in the region.

Add to that several hundreds of sunken ships from the Spanish-colonial period to date, as a result of Cuba's role in the fleets that set sail from the Caribbean to Europe.

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Scuba diving

Cuba is also an excellent destination for nature lovers, who can enjoy the island's exuberant nature.

In that regard, Cuba's fauna consists of some 16,500 described species in a context where some zoological groups show 90 percent of endemism.

Cuba's geographical location turn the country into a corridor for migratory birds that travel long distances from North America to South America and vice versa looking for food and a safe haven to nest.

A large number of birds nest near Cuba's rivers, lagoons, dams and keys, especially during winter, turning the archipelago into an ideal place for bird watching.

Natural and biosphere reserves, natural landscapes, national parks and protected areas make up a network of options, marked by their wealth, excellent preservation and unique characteristics in the region.

Cuba also complements its beautiful shores and exuberant nature with its rich culture and traditions, an essential element in the country's tourist product.

Cities marked by abundant elements of Spanish-colonial architecture in a perfect state of preservation, hotels linked to plastic arts, cultural and historic sites and a broad schedule of events and festivities contribute to improving Cuba's tourist offers.

Cuba also offers thermal waters and their therapeutic properties for those looking for medical treatments while on vacations.

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