|Highlights of Cuba
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Making a plan or itinerary for your upcoming trip to Cuba is difficult. To help you a little bit we've created this page to show you the highlights of Cuba.
Below the most popular areas and cities of Cuba for people who want to travel around by rental car or Viazul bus
Havana is probably the most splendid example of Spanish colonial
architecture in Latin America. Much of the historic centre has been
carefully restored. The absence of the outward manifestations of
international commerce - advertising billboards, burger chains,
neon lights - helps create a subtle and haunting atmosphere missing
in the other capitals of the Spanish colonial domain. Museums, forts
and lively squares add to the attraction
Trinidad is a small and peaceful city located between the sea and
a range of rolling verdant hills. It pays homage to an illustrious
past by remaining perfectly preserved since colonial times. There
are fine churches and red-tiled mansions lining the cobbled streets,
many of which are open to visitors. To savour the richness of this
culture, visit the half-dozen museums or music clubs (casas de la
trova), or a cigar factory whilst staying at nearby Playa Ancón.
The resort of Varadero, some 32 km NE of Matanzas, is the closest
you'll get to finding Miami Beach in Cuba. If you are looking for
a straightforward beach holiday in a good modern hotel with cable
TV, air-conditioning, a pool and a jacuzzi, then this is the place
for you. The seas are warm and crystal blue - and it is one of the
few places in Cuba where women can sunbathe topless.
Around Viñales, in the western province of Pinar del Rio,
are a unique string of rounded limestone mountains called mogotes;
in their shadows are the lush green fields that produce the world's
finest tobacco leaves, the dream of cigar connoisseurs from Paris
to New York.
City is called "The Pearl of the South" because of the
impressive beauty of its bay; because of its seductive city which
provokes the wonder of all who know it, and because of that innate
nobility which characterizes those born in Cienfuegos.
The history of Cienfuegos possesses interesting antecedents and
is rich in aborigine and Hispanic legends. Before the Spanish came to America, the zone was settled by indigenous people and was
known as the Cacicazgo de Jagua
Nestled alongside a sweeping bay at the foothills of the Sierra
Maestra mountains, Santiago is Cuba's most exotic and ethnically
diverse city. Santiago is renowned for producing much of Cuba's
most important music, and this rich musical tradition, mingled with
the remnants of French customs, gives the city a sensual, even sleazy,
New Orleans-like atmosphere.
Santiago de Cuba
Baracoa is a land of great rainfall and many rivers. The
lush vegetation, the high mountains covered with long-lived forest,
the customs that have been handed down from one generation to another
and the appearance of a town that has remained unchanged over a
long time are, undoubtly, key ingredients in the special attraction
of this tiny city on the shores of Miel (Honey) Bay.
are sparkling and unlittered - hotels are not luxurious but seldom blot
the shoreline. The bright turquoise waters of the Caribbean, often fringed
with palm groves, do not disappoint. The visitor can choose between the
isolated and unstructured charms of Las Brujas and the island of Cayo
Levisa, or a more sophisticated resort such as Playa Ancon, close to Trinidad.
about the Cuba Beaches
Cuba beach hotels
the plantations of tobacco, sugar cane or pineapples, rural Cuba - with
its tranquil, bucolic lifestyle - rewards the visitor with some gorgeous
mountain scenery. Close to Viñales in the west is a dramatic landscape
of sheer limestone monoliths, fertile valleys and underground waterways.
The historically significant Sierra Maestra, where Castro and his fellow
rebels plotted revolution, offers fine hiking in forested hills in the
east. You can see rural Cuba by bike and take in both coastal and mountainous
The best-known of Cuba's wildlife havens, the Zapata Peninsula,
156 km southeast of Havana, is a refuge for many bird and animal
species. The scenery is spectacular: flamingos swoop across the
milky lagoons, and crocodiles meander out across the dirt roads.
The entire region is now a nature reserve.
The majestic Sierra del Escambray is Cuba's second most famous mountain
range after the Sierra Maestra in the Oriente, with its highest
peak - the Pico San Juan - topping 1,100 metres. Some of the heaviest
rainfall in Cuba feeds the Escambray's lush jungle, where trees
are laden with bromeliads and delicate waterfalls greet you at every
turn; look out for the giant umbrella-like ferns, a prehistoric
To experience fully the rugged beauty of the southeastern mountains,
the best base is the Villa Santo Domingo, in the hills south of
the road linking Bayamo and Manzanillo on the coast. Guides accompany
visitors to the area through the wilderness and lead hikes up Cuba's
highest mountain, Pico Turquino (1,970 metres), 16 km away. The
trail is exciting and beautiful: between outcroppings of mineral
and volcanic rocks, deep green conifers stand alongside precious
cedar, mahogany and trumpetwood trees.
or massif of Guamuhaya: mountain range that is characterized by
steep peaks and deep valleys, the exuberance of vegetation, endemism
of species of flora and fauna, cave systems, beautiful landscapes,
pure and transparent rives and streams that make up picturesque
waterfalss and crystalline ponds. The visit to this mountains also
allow to know about the rural life associated to the growing of
coffee and other agricultural activities.