Cuba is the largest of the Caribbean islands, situated just off the coast of Florida. The climate is hot, with lush vegetation and lot of exciting wildlife, mangroves, rainforests, coral reefs and more. There’s so much to see and do that you’re going to want to visit Cuba again and again to experience it all.
Havana is famed throughout literature and film as a must-see destination, beloved by writers such as Hemmingway and Hunter s. Thompson. You can spend your days here visiting the bookstalls of the Plaza de Armas, dance the night away in one of the cities infamous nightclubs and bars, enjoy the sea spray on the boulevards along the seafront. The old city has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it’s no wonder with the beautiful art deco and colonial architecture.
Cuba actually boasts a rich history, with castles, cathedrals and more to explore on your trip away. Another UNESCO World Heritage site is Cienfuegos on the South coast of Cuba. there’s the fortress Castillo de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles de Jagua, an Arco de Triunfo, as well as beautiful botanical gardens and a lagoon full of dolphins and sea lions.
There are so many more reasons why you should go ahead and book your holidays to Cuba now. For those that want to spend their holiday working on their suntan, then Varadero is the place to be. With a thirteen-mile long beach with soft sand and blue waters, it’s the dream destination made popular by visiting tourists such as gangster Al Capone. There are club and bars galore, and stunning hotels line the stretch of sand.
Cuba is also rich in the arts and culture, with a lively art and music scene. Try a visit to Club Mambo in Varadero, or stop of at Casa de las Tradiciones in Santiago De Cuba for a taste of the wonderful live music scene on the island.
If you find yourself in Baracoa, try hiking up El Yunque. the views from the top are amazing and you can see much of the islands native birds, wildlife and plants on the walk. Do remember to take lots of water with you if you go on any long walks, especially if you were on the rum the night before.
Cuba has a wonderful vibrant population as well. Take the time when you are away to get to know some locals in a local tavern or coffee shop so you can experience real Cuba.
Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlines’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.