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Cuba: New Options for Tourism

The traditional sun and beach offers in Cuba, backed up by hundreds of kilometers of shores with white sands and crystal-clear water, are complemented by a wide range of recreational options.

Natural parks, waterfalls, rivers, caves and a wide variety of plants and animals predominate in several regions of the archipelago, becoming unique options for tourism.

Precisely, these offers are highly demanded by holidaymakers as they are linked to nature, recreational boating, culture, traditions and gastronomy.

For this kind of activity, a wide spectrum of specialized entities operate in Cuba, including Havanatur, Cubatur, Viajes Cubanacan, Ecotur, Cubamar, Paradiso, Gaviota Tours, San Cristobal and Amistur.

Domestic transportation is guaranteed by airlines Cubana de Aviacion, Aerocaribbean and Aerogaviota, while the services of seven international marinas are added, including Hemingway in Havana, Darsena de Varadero, Gaviota Varadero, Gaviota Holguín and Marlin Santiago.

They also operate jetties in Marlin Cienfuegos and Marlin Cayo Largo del Sur, and are linked to three cruise terminals in Havana, Santiago de Cuba and Cienfuegos.

Lookout. Topes de Collantes.
Topes de Collantes

In addition, the Islazul chain is present in all Cuban cities with a total of 110 hotels in places with high cultural, patrimonial and natural values.

In that regard, this hotel group helps to complement all the city and nature circuit services in Cuba.

As an example, in central Cuba is Topes de Collantes, a natural reserve that shelters more than 45 percent of the country's endemic birds, as well as Lake Hanabanilla, the highest reservoir in the mountains in Cuba, located 400 meters above sea level.

In its environment, there are six parks with a wide variety of excursions, including El Nicho, El Altiplano, Caburni, Codina, Vegas Grandes and El Cubano.

In eastern Santiago de Cuba, the Coffee Roads is an excellent choice and one of the best experiences of cultural, patrimonial and nature tourism, with evident vestiges of a colonial period somewhat preserved and to be remembered through its ruins.

This objective was achieved through financing and joint work among the European Union, the French-Belgian Malongo Foundation and the Office of the Curator of the City of Santiago.

As a complement, in the field of hotel infrastructure, the local chains Gaviota runs 19,476 rooms, followed by Cubanacan (15,255), Gran Caribe (12,025), Islazul (11,793), Habaguanex (586) and Campismo Popular (specialized in nature tourism).

The golf option is also strong in the area, where new contracts have been signed to expand the network of golf courses, in addition to some 60 hotel management contracts with foreign firms.

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