Cuba is without doubt unique. One of the last bastions of communism and seemingly located in the 1950s, it certainly offers a diverse and interesting opportunity to explore the island. Cuba has many beautiful beaches and great diving, there are also many historic buildings, and some great old vehicles are still running up and down the roads.
Cuba has some amazing architecture; Havana has some of the best examples. Havana is the capital of Cuba and on the northern coast of Cuba. Old Havana is an UNESCO World Heritage site and has beautiful old Spanish colonial buildings that are steadily being restored. Some of the most majestic buildings have been converted into museums. The musical heritage of Cuba and the friendliness of its locals ensure that Havana has a very lively nightlife.
The second biggest city in Cuba is Santiago de Cuba, located in the far southeast of the island. The city is beautifully located on a large bay and is backed by the Sierra Maestre Mountains and borders one of the most stunning nature reserves in the country. Camaguey is another city that has a great musical and art culture and heritage, with a famous orchestra and ballet.
Cuba offers some of the best dive sites in the Caribbean with clear, clean waters and amazing coral reefs teaming with fish. Verdaro is 144kms away from Havana; it’s situated on a long narrow peninsula and is one of the best beach resorts on Cuba, with over 19kms of beautiful sandy beaches.
Cuba offers a fantastic selection of accommodation, from inexpensive guesthouses to luxurious hotels and resorts. The prices are very varied and are suitable for a variety of budgets. Restaurants and cafés are very good, with a great choice of cuisine available.
Visitors to Cuba will arrive by cruise ship or by plane. Jose Marti International Airport is located close to Havana. There are several ports that cruise ships can dock at, but there is no scheduled ferry service to Cuba.