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Cuba: Tourism and Nature in the Caribbean

Cuba, which has a strategic location in the Caribbean, offers a unique combination of nature and tourism, which are complemented by patrimonial, historic and cultural values.

In addition to traditional offers, nature is distributed in more than 4,000 keys and islets where there are several natural, ecological and biosphere reserves, as well as protected areas and national parks.

Cuba's bird fauna is very diverse, with more than 350 species in the country, including marine birds and those that live in the forests, many of which are endemic.

Regarding ecology, diversity is huge, especially in central Cuba, where the provinces of Villa Clara, Cienfuegos and Sancti Spiritus have a huge potential for nature tourism.

Add to this the country's potential for scuba diving and snorkeling, with more than 70,000 kilometers of Cuba's insular platform and some 5,000 kilometers of coasts, bathed by the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

Nearly 6,500 varieties of fish, crustaceans, sponges and mollusks, as well as several species of corals, turn Cuba into one of the best-preserved underwater ecosystems in the region.

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Three dozen diving centers operate throughout Cuba, providing initiation courses and excursions to coral reefs and caverns under internationally-accepted parameters.

Furthermore, Cuban cities offer several exponents of Spanish-colonial architecture in a perfect state of preservation, as well as hotels linked to plastic arts, patrimonial sites and a busy schedule of celebrations and festivities.

Cuba's centuries-old history is also present in a network of museums throughout the country.

The Caribbean island has nearly 300 museums of different kinds, including 14 devoted to arts, seven on sciences, five on ethnography and anthropology and 68 museums of history.

Havana, which is rich in traditions, architecture and culture, holds several tourist facilities.

The former Village of San Cristobal de La Habana, is a living museum that exhibits a wide range of architectural styles, as a result of the city's development through time.

Nearly 140 buildings in Havana's historic heart were built in the 16th and 17th centuries, 200 were constructed in the 18th century and more than 460 were erected in the 19th century, thus creating a mixture of attractions for tourists.

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