When you visit Cuba, it is like immersing yourself within a bubble that has been stuck in time. Blessed with beautiful beaches and even better weather, Cuba is a divine paradise that offers something for all of the family.
And what better way to discover the diverse history, culture, fun and beauty of Cuba than by becoming a local yourself. Here are seven must-do locations and experiences across Cuba that will leave you never wanting to leave!
It’s difficult to limit yourself to one experience to choose in Havana. From the Old Havana Walking tour to renting a classic Havana vintage car or taking an old car tour; or attending the Tropicana Cabaret night show to simply enjoying the immense history and culture of Old Havana, this UNESCO Heritage listed location takes you back in time.
PINAR DEL RIO
A must-do in Pinar del Rio is exploring the Vinales Valley, yet another UNESCO Heritage site. A visit to a local tobacco plantation can’t be missed, there you can learn about the creation process and learn yourself how to roll a traditional Cuban cigar.
If you fancy yourself a coffee connoisseur, or simply a caffeine addict – you can’t miss Las Terrazas. This small community and nature reserve located in the Sierra del Rosario mountains boasts not only a UNESCO designated Biosphere Reserve but also the site of the earlier coffee plantations in Cuba.
And yep, you guessed it, Trinidad City is yet another UNESCO Heritage! A magical town offers endless opportunities and experiences. Twelve kilometres outside Trinidad sits Valle de los Ingenios or Valley of the Sugar Mills; a beautiful series of three interconnected valleys. View this historic and gorgeous site from above, with a canopy ride along zip lines. Also explore the old estate, try traditional Cuban food and chat with the locals.
A beach of pure white sand and crystal clear water, Playa Ancon may not be as popular as more northern beaches, it offers a more private and relaxing beachside experience. South of Trinidad City, with three all-inclusive hotels, a marina and snorkelling trips to nearby coral keys – Playa Ancon is a purely Cuban cultural experience.
TOPES DE COLLANTES
A hidden gem in the Escambray Mountains range. This nature reserve park’s history dates back over 500 years, experiences offered include: hikes through coffee plantations, scenic views, underground river-caves, medician mud baths, ornamental gardens, Altar’s cave and so much more. Topes de Collantes is ideal for those who love a combination of history and the outdoors.
For those wanting to kick back and relax, but still immerse yourself amongst the beautiful Cuban landscapes and culture – Veradero is the one for you! With over 20 kilometres of white sandy beaches, you can sun bathe on the beach and be snorkelling amongst the fishes one day and yachting or exploring deep sea caves the next.
SANTIAGO DE CUBA
The second biggest city in the country, Santiago de Cuba has rich music and culture at its core. Known for its architecture and history, this noisy and passionate city is a beauty that offers experience from museums, hiking, beaches and more.
Whether you’re jetting off for a relaxing holiday, a backpacking trip, an exploration of culture and history or simply a new and diverse experience – Cuba has something for everyone. What better way to explore Cuba, than with the locals?
Experience Cuba is a tour company offering private and tailor made travel experiences around Cuba. Owned and operated by local Cuban girl, Ayna Davies, who now calls Australia home, Experience Cuba provides a unique experience that allows travellers to explore the genuine, cultural and bustling Cuba that most tourists would not get to see. To learn more head to www.experiencecuba.com.au.