What to do in Cuba

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Varadero beach

Varadero beach

One of the most popular beaches in Cuba is the Varadero beach, combination of blue and green waters create an exquisite boundary between the mainland and the Florida Straits. There are over thirty diving sites around the peninsula. If not diving, you can indulge in other water sports such as sailing, snorkelling, fishing, or taking a boat ride in a glass-bottom boat.

Vinales Valley

Vinales Valley

The Viñales valley is encircled by mountains and its landscape is interspersed with dramatic rocky outcrops. Traditional techniques are still in use for agricultural production, particularly of tobacco. The quality of this cultural landscape is enhanced by the vernacular architecture of its farms and villages, where a rich multi-ethnic society survives, illustrating the cultural development of the islands of the Caribbean, and of Cuba.

Visit a Tobacco plantation

Visit a Tobacco plantation

Cuba grows some of the world’s finest cigar tobacco, but you can’t see it in Havana. To get a look at Cuban tobacco farms, a visitor needs to go west, to the province known as Pinar del Río. It offers wide open spaces, beautiful views, the cigar factory that makes the Trinidad cigar brand, a very good cigar store and some of the world’s best tobacco lands, including Cuchillas de Barbacoa, the famed Robaina tobacco farm.

Horseback riding

Horseback riding

Cuba is becoming more and more popular to every type of tourist. Especially those who love nature and want to enjoy all the amazing sceneries this island has to offer. And one of the activities that have their attention is riding a horse through valleys, beaches, mountains, rivers… And even around the city.

Cuba Keys

Cuba Keys

Cayos constitute unique outcroppings, reefs or islands that attract a variety of wildlife, as well as tourists looking for unique landscapes and secluded getaways. Formed out of tropical wind, ocean currents and erosion, natural keys dot the maps of the Caribbean and itineraries of coastal explorers. In Cuba, keys are growing even more popular than in years past, and on the north coast of the island nation, the cayos abound. During the Age of Discovery the Spanish named it “The King’s Gardens"

Live music!

Live music!

Havana offers you the best places to see live Cuban music, and you can see street musicians all over the city.

Ride a classic car

Ride a classic car

Fan of classic cars? Cuba is the place to go. A classical car tour is the best way to make the first encounter with Havana. Whilst all over the world classic American cars of the 40s and 50s have long been discarded, in Cuba classic cars are still on the road.

El Malecon Habanero

El Malecon Habanero

A sea wall that runs the length of the city, from the mouth of Havana Harbor ending in the Vedado neighborhood... Take the time to tour the entire esplanade through the music and lifestyle of the community.

Visit a coffee plantation

Visit a coffee plantation

Coffee came to Cuba in the mid-1700s, and soon thereafter Cuba became a large coffee producer and exporter. In fact, coffee production has had such an impact on the Cuban landscape that the first coffee plantations now have a place on the UNESCO World Heritage list. As coffee production grew, the drink became part of the national identity; it’s no surprise that even those of us who have never been to Cuba have probably at least once or twice heard mention of a café cubano.

Dance cuban salsa or take classes

Dance cuban salsa or take classes

In Cuba, a popular dance known as Casino was marketed abroad as Cuban-style salsa or Salsa Cubana to distinguish it from other salsa styles when the name was popularized in the 1970s. Dancing Casino is an expression of popular social culture; Many Cubans consider casino a part of their social and cultural activities centering on their popular music.

Smoke a puro in a bar

Smoke a puro in a bar

The country’s iconic cigars are an important component of the Cuban cultural heritage (Cohiba, Montecristo, Partagas...)

Ciénaga de Zapata National Park

Ciénaga de Zapata National Park

The Ciénaga de Zapata National Park contains extensive and varied ecosystems that range from mangrove forests, seagrass beds, coral reef barriers and deep reefs to the Cazones Gulf, an underwater canyon region where one can find large groups of porgies and groupers. In this region only, visitors can find the Cuban Bee Hummingbird, the world’s smallest bird. This area includes a reconstructed Taíno village, crocodile farm, snack bars, and souvenirs...

Escalade

Escalade

Along the island there are several climbing areas but it is in Viñales where the highest concentration of sectors and roads in all of Cuba is found.

Eat in a Paladar!

Eat in a Paladar!

Visit a Paladar (private restaurants) As a result of the colonization of Cuba by Spain, one of the main influences on the cuisine is from Spain. Another factor is that Cuba is an island, making seafood something that greatly influences Cuban cuisine.

Morro Castle (Havana)

Morro Castle (Havana)

Castillo de los Tres Reyes, is one of the most visited places by both tourist and locals. It was built between 1589 and 1630 with the purpose of protecting the entrance of Havana's harbor from pirates and invaders. Inside are several exhibitions, but the construction itself is worth a visit.

Paseo del Prado (Havana)

Paseo del Prado (Havana)

Is a promenade in Havana, on the dividing line between Centro Habana and Old Havana. This stately European-style boulevard was the first street outside the old city walls, was completed in the mid-1830s during the term of Captain General Miguel Tacón.

The Museum of the Revolution, Havana

The Museum of the Revolution, Havana

The Museum of the Revolution, located in Old Havana, gathers material and collections related to the Cuban revolution. The amount and value of its collections, as well as the constant cultural, historical and political work, make this history museum the most important in the country. In addition to the permanent exhibitions, its specialists give conferences to new generations, and have systematic projects of cultural dissemination.

The Gran Teatro of Havana

The Gran Teatro of Havana

Located on the Paseo del Prado, the theatre has been home of the Cuban National Ballet and the International Ballet Festival of Havana. Its facilities include theatres, a concert hall, conference rooms, a video screening room, as well as an art gallery, a choral center, with several rehearsal halls for dance companies.

Plaza de San Francisco de Asis

Plaza de San Francisco de Asis

Also known as Plaza de las Palomas, was built in the mid-seventeenth century and owes its name to the convent located on one side, it's surrounded by restaurants such as Café del Oriente, government offices, handicraft shops, galleries, the Cruise Terminal, horse-drawn colonial carriages and part of the attraction of the place are the plentiful amount of pigeons that stay all day around the fountain, often used to hold artistic exhibitions.

National Capitol (Havana)

National Capitol (Havana)

Is one of the most emblematic buildings in Havana. Located on The Paseo del Prado, it's one of the most visited tourist centers of the city, having become an icon of the architecture of Havana, and named by some experts as one of the six most important palaces worldwide.

Plaza de la Catedral

Plaza de la Catedral

Cathedral Square, is one of the five main squares in Old Havana and the site of the main Cathedral from which it takes its name. Following the construction of the Cathedral in 1727, it became the site of some of the city's grandest mansions and site of the Colonial Art Museum and a number of restaurants.

Floridita (Havana, Cuba)

Floridita (Havana, Cuba)

El Floridita, is a historic bar and restaurant in the older part of Havana, which has been operating since 1817 and became world famous due to the writer and journalist Ernest Hemingway, who used to visit it regularly.

La Bodeguita del Medio (Havana)

La Bodeguita del Medio (Havana)

La Bodeguita, is a typical restaurant-bar of Havana, and one of the great tourist places of the city, where many visitors have left their marks, from writers to politicians (Ernest Hemingway, Salvador Allende, Pablo Neruda..). The rooms are full of curious objects, frames, photos, as well as the walls covered by signatures of famous or unknown customers, recounting the island's past.

The National Museum of Fine Arts

The National Museum of Fine Arts

The Cuba’s most professional and impressive art museum (Havana), exhibits Cuban art collections from the colonial times up to contemporary generations. There are now two impressive buildings belonging to the Museum, one dedicated to Cuban Arts in the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) and one dedicated to the Universal Arts, in the Palacio del Centro Asturiano (Palace of the Asturian Center).

Havana Club Museum of Rum

Havana Club Museum of Rum

The Havana Club Museum of Rum offers visitors a chance to experience the rum-making process and will allow you to get fully into the origins of Cuban's most popular spirit.

Columbus Cemetery (Havana)

Columbus Cemetery (Havana)

Was founded in 1876, named for Christopher Columbus, is one of the most important cemeteries in the world and is generally held to be the most important in Latin America in historical and architectural terms.

Castillo de la Real Fuerza (Havana)

Castillo de la Real Fuerza (Havana)

The Castle of the Royal Force is a bastion fort on the western side of the harbour in Havana, originally built to defend against pirate attacks. The fort is considered to be the oldest stone fort in the Americas, and was listed in 1982 as part of the UNESCO World Heritage site of "Old Havana and its Fortifications".

The José Martí Memorial (Havana)

The José Martí Memorial (Havana)

The José Martí Memorial, is a memorial to José Martí, a national hero of Cuba, located on the northern side of the Plaza de la Revolución in the Vedado area of Havana. It consists of a star-shaped tower, a statue of Martí surrounded by six columns, and gardens. It is the largest monument to a writer in the world.

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Dance cuban salsa or take classes

In Cuba, a popular dance known as Casino was marketed abroad as Cuban-style salsa or Salsa Cubana to distinguish it from other salsa styles when the name was popularized in the 1970s. Dancing Casino is an expression of popular social culture; Many Cubans consider casino a part of their social and cultural activities centering on their popular music.