The Republic of Cuba is a country composes of several small archipelagos. It’s a country located in the south of Florida State and the Bahamas, west of Haiti and north of Jamaica. Cuba is situated right where the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, and the Atlantic Ocean meet. The capital of Cuba is Havana which is also the largest city. The other cities of the country include Camaguey and Santiago de Cuba. With an area of 109, 884 square kilometers, Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean with a population of more than 11 million residents.
In the statistics of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, around 2.9 million people visit the country every year. In the entire Caribbean island, Cuba is among the top destinations for tourists in 2014. With the recent opens relations of the US to Cuba, it’s more likely that the numbers will go up. Americans will surely take advantage of the opportunity to explore Cuba after five decades of the political gap.
Traveling to Cuba entails consideration of their different political opinions and ethical views. Before heading to there, it’s would be better to read about Cuba’s rich history, to understand the locals better and to scout the best places to visit.
University of Havana
The University of Havana occupies a large area of central Havana that teaches 60,000 students. Founded in 1728, Castro’s own brother used to study in the university during the 1950s. To this day, it serves as a vital point of anti-government protests and has a reputation for cuddling political and social organization of today’s generation.
Try Cuba’s famous street food
As a traveler, one must try the many gastronomical delights of Cuba’s street food. Many small entrepreneurs put their businesses accessible to tourists which offer the best of country’s cuisine. The most common street food includes fruit milkshakes, hamburgers, and different pies. But the must-try beloved street food that Cuba offers are Pizza Hawaiana (Individual Hawaiian Pizzas), Coconut Pie, Fricasse de Carnero (Goat Platter), Batidos de Guayaba (Guava Milkshake) and Pork Burgers (Hamburguesa de Cerdo).
Do the Salsa at 1830
What will be a better way to highlight a vacation but to learn a few dance moves? Cuba is known for their lively music and the dance culture in the country is everything in the country. At 1830, one can learn salsa in a professional level in a crash course. It’s a great opportunity to mingle with the locals and maybe discover some off the beaten path tourist spots.
One of the main tourist spots in Cuba is their Old Town Square “Old Plaza” or known to locals as Plaza Vieja. Be amazed at the architectural marvel of Cuba’s most visited place. There are a number of cafes and bars throughout the plaza to just sit and to experience the multicultural facets of Cuba. Check some of the art galleries in town or discovery something new in the beer museum.
For a memorable trip in Cuba, try Pico Turquino, the highest point on the island. Standing at 1,974 meters high it’s a bit of a challenging climbing its peak. If you are more of the adventurous spirit and want to stay away from the crowd, then this trip is worth a try – it has an amazing view from the top.
Museo de la Revolución
Marvel at Cuba’s political past, the Museum of the Revolution or what the locals call “Museo de la Revolución” is a historic site always worth a visit. It is one of the most visited places on Cuba, mainly because it attracts tourists to get to know more of Cuba’s politics. The building used to house former presidents of Cuba and shows their fascinating history.
“Welcome to my hideaway (La Guarida)… not everybody is welcome here” tells Diego to David on the movie. If you can’t get enough of Cuba’s political period that gave birth to the Academy Award-nominated film, “Fresa y Chocolate” then book a dinner at La Guarida. Once you step inside the restaurant, you will definitely feel the vibe of the movie. It’s a top-rated destination for movie buffs and the like.