Friday, May 25, 2018

Places to Visit in Cuba

Cuba is one great country which can be visited any time of the year, but the best time to go to the country is between November and March. It’s a perfect time where the weather is not too hot and it rains less. During this time it’s possible to roam Cuba’s historic streets and enjoy all things that the country offers. 

It is considered as a safe country to travel for families with children, young couples and even for single travelers. Criminality rates are low saving for some occasional petty thieves’ incident, just like in any other place on earth. And when in Cuba, there are certain places that you can’t miss to visit, here are some of them:

La Havana

Located in the Artemisa and Mayabeque province, Havana is mostly where the direct flights land. It’s the perfect place to start you Cuban escapade. There are so many interesting places to visit in the area as well as things to do. One can easily spend two weeks of wandering around the city. One can hop on a guided tour while cruising on very chic and classic cars that you cannot find elsewhere. Here, vintage cars are not seen in the museum, they are the kings of the roads. Starting your trip in Havana can easily cure your jet lag and get acquainted with the local culture. Here you can see the recently restored Capitol building, and apartment buildings either being restored or falling apart. These scenic views are what makes Cuba unique from other usual destination; it adds charm to their city. 

Santiago de Cuba

For the second leg of your journey, you can visit Santiago de Cuba. As the second largest city in Cuba, it displays the true Caribbean atmosphere. Getting there won’t be a problem there are regular flights of Cubana de Aviacion from La Havana. If you have time to spend, then getting on a 16-hour bus ride can also get you to Santiago de Cuba. It’s easy to book a ride and also you can see some amazing scenic view from going there. Bus stops are usually filled with interesting people; think of a long field trip filled with new discovery. 

Santiago de Cuba is an interesting capital filled with literature, architecture, music, and politics. However, the city is known for its many tricks that turn away visitors. There are many things to do while in the city – the Calle Eredia and Casa de la Trova is known for its traditional music. But a visit to the Parque Céspedes is definitely worth the trip to see the many historic buildings and museums. 


Not far from Santiago de Cuba about 5 hours bus ride from the city rests Baracoa. It only takes a matter of minutes to reserve tickets going into the city. Baracoa is not your usual Cuban destination, it’s considered as an off the beaten road for most tourists. If you want to get out from the tourist trap, you’ll find Baracoa as a perfect escape from it all. It’s a hidden gem in the Guantanamo Province at the South Western part of the island.

The area is fairly small and it will only take a couple of hours to tour the entire city. Murals of Che Guevarra and other famous revolutionary heroes will greet you upon arrival and Cuba is known for this kind of street art. La Farola or the lighthouse road is a famous road connecting Baracoa to the rest of Cuba. Built in 1964, the view while crossing the hills onboard the bus always amazes visitors. Most tourists board cayuca all the way across to Rio Toa, a quick dip in its clear waters is a great way to cool off from the hot Cuban weather. 


Trinidad is perhaps the most visited in Cuba. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s a very preserved colonial city where most tourists are treated with 19th-century sights. Located in the province of Sancti Spiritus, the city is teeming with Cuba tourisms sights and filled with tourists trying to capture the Cuban charm. Since the city is a protected site, cars are not allowed into the city center. Little kids will love to ride its many horse carriages to tour around the city. There are many artesian shops and galleries, so you’ll never run out of ideas where to go. Walk in its cobbled streets to see many well preserved colonial buildings and balconies covered with assortments of colorful flowers. Trinidad really comes alive because of music that is played and people dancing their famous salsa in every corner.


Another UNESCO World Heritage site, Cienfuegos is another city to tour which is near Trinidad. Founded in 1819, towering above the cliffs and overlooking the sea, one can admire its beauty from El Malecon or from Punta Gorda. There are well maintained botanical gardens, perfect for a leisure walk or eating lunch al fresco style. The place has its own laid-back country charm which attracts most tourists to get away from the usually crowded destination in Cuba. Many would come here as the Cienfuegos to visit other great places in Cuba. 

From Cienfuegos, it’s a quick ride going to Bahia de Cochinos or famously known as the Bay of Pigs. The Bay of Pigs is known for its pristine waters and amazing coral reefs. It’s a popular destination for snorkeling and diving, because of its rich marine ecosystem. Above all places, the natural pools of El Nicho rank as number one tourist destination in the region. It’s a spectacular series of waterfalls on the Rio Hanabanilla. Going there is a destination for itself, with great evergreen hiking trails where you can jump in and land in one of the many pools of El Nicho.

There’s no denying that Cuba has a lot to offer with its very controversial political history, its amazing scenic views and to its less-travelled hidden gems. Cuba has it all for everyone who wants to visit its very unique country. 

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