Explore the Sights
Explore Cuba. Just 90 miles south from the coast of Florida is the largest island in the Caribbean. Cuba is a nation that has been closed off to Americans for the last 50 years, but is now available through people-to-people tours. Discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites, lush mountains, beautiful beaches, and the rich culture that is Cuba.
Engage with the people of Cuba. Despite the economic and government restrictions, Cuba is a nation that is friendly and welcoming. Conversation, music, dancing, and art is an important part of their daily society. Step back in time to the 1950’s and ride in a classic car while soaking up the relaxed atmosphere that becomes a part of the allure.
Embrace the beauty. The culture and beauty is truly fascinating. Throughout history, a unique identity was formed from a mixture of Spanish, European, African, and American influences that Cuba has intertwined to make its own.
Havana is the capital of Cuba. Steeped in Spanish Colonial architecture dating back to the 16th century, Havana is a colorful city where salsa emanates from the clubs and the famed Tropicana show still runs nightly. Take a stroll through Hemingway’s favorite watering holes, La Floridita and La Bodeguita del Medio, or cruise along the picturesque Malecón in a 1950’s Chevy. Take a step back in time by visiting iconic buildings like the Hotel Nacional and the Capitol building. Sip on hand-crafted mojitos, enjoy live music, admire local art galleries and more.
Said to be the “Paris of Cuba,” Cienfuegos includes a grandiose style of buildings and architecture. It even has its own arch structure – known as the “Arco de Triunfo.” It also has several prestigious cathedrals, historical museums and botanical gardens to walk through. Finally, hidden in the mountains, is the untouched beauty of the El Nicho waterfalls, where travelers can hike through caves, experience bird-watching and marvel at the breathtaking views.
Pinar Del Río
Pinar Del Río is a tobacco-rich province that produces some of Cuba’s best cigars. The area offers an incredible landscape with valleys, mountains, caves, rivers, cliffs and fertile land. Thus, farming is very ideal here as the land yields sugarcane, coffee and livestock as well. Travelers are also encouraged to visit Viñales Valley, a natural national monument, filled with massive hills, rocky formations and hidden caves. Viñales is a sea of greenery, perfect for those who appreciate nature and wish to go hiking, biking or cave spelunking.
Santa Clara is located in the central region of the country and is surrounded by hills. One of the most popular attractions is the Che Guevara Museum, whose liberating of Santa Clara in 1958 marked the end of the Batista regime. Since then, the city has held onto its fiery and fearless personality. The street scene is very diverse and colorful, yet balances out well with a quaint central park and colonial-style churches. Enjoy a ride on a vintage locomotive, visit an old sugar mill or admire the murals and museums.
Known for its remarkable preservation of Cuban history, Trinidad remains by far the best colonial town on the island. This is largely due to its initial decline in the 1800’s, which held the city back from any development. By the 1950’s, efforts were made to maintain the town as a historical artifact. The center now features the Plaza Mayor, where old museums, prestigious churches and a famous bell tower are located. In addition, this intimate small-town atmosphere is home to one of the best beaches, Playa Ancon.
Varadero, one of the largest resort towns in Cuba, is located just a short two hour drive from Havana. You will find one of the most celebrated white sand beaches and crystal clear waters of the Caribbean. Dine at the former Dupont home, now called Xanadu Mansion. Built in 1927, the mansion sits on a rocky hill overlooking a beautiful beach, and the property is host to the only 18-hole golf course in the Varadero area. This area is desirable for fishing, diving, sailing and all things water-related.