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Cuba

Destinations

Destinations


Regions

 Western Cuba(Pinar del Rio, Havana, Matanzas, Isla de la Juventud)
The capital, the rolling hills of Pinar del Rio and an off-the-beaten-path island with good scuba diving add up to an exciting region
 Central Cuba (Camagüey (province), Villa Clara, Cienfuegos, Sancti Spíritus, Ciego de Ávila)
 Eastern Cuba (Las Tunas, Holguin, Santiago de Cuba, Granma, Guantánamo)

Cities

  • Havana – cosmopolitan capital with a swinging nightlife
  • Baracoa – a quaint beach-side town, and Cuba's first capital
  • Camagüey – Cuba's third-largest city is a maze of narrow alleyways, Catholic churches, and jars known as tinajones
  • Cienfuegos – a French-founded city that rivaled (and eventually overtook) Trinidad as Cuba's main southern Port
  • Matanzas – with a name that translates to "massacres," this industrial port city at the end of the Hershey railway is a hidden gem of Afro-Cuban culture and history
  • Pinar del Rio – center of the cigar industry
  • Santa Clara – site of the battle that won the Revolution and now home of the mausoleum to Ernesto "Che" Guevara
  • Santiago de Cuba – coastal city rich in Caribbean influence and steeped in revolutionary history
  • Trinidad – World Heritage Site with charming, colonial-era buildings

Other destinations

  • Cayo Largo – a small island with nudist facilities
  • Gran Parque Natural Topes de Collantes – a national park in the Sierra del Emcambray mountains, straddling Cienfuegos, Villa Clara, and Sancti Spiritus provinces
  • Isla de la Juventud – a large island south of Havana
  • Jardines del Rey – an island chain of beach resorts including Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo
  • Maria la Gorda – a tiny village with some snorkeling and diving options
  • Parque Nacional Ciénaga de Zapata – similar to Florida's Everglades National Park, with vast swamps and world-famous birdwatching, scuba diving, and beaches; and the site of the 1961 American Bay of Pigs invasion
  • Parque Nacional La Güira – Another national park in Pinar del Rio province, with mountains and caves, but without many tourist facilities
  • Reserva de la Biosfera Sierra del Rosario – a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Sierra del Rosario mountains of Pinar del Rio province; the principal sites are Soroa and Las Terrazas
  • Varadero Beach – 20-kilometer-long beach of fine white sand and waters
  • Viñales – a national park in Pinar del Rio province, with mountains and caves; it has the best-developed tourist facilities of Cuba's national parks

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