9 Amazing Cuban Attractions

The largest island in the Caribbean has no shortage of attractions. Here are just some of the incredible Cuban places you'll love.

1. Havana

Havana Street scene, Havana

 

Havana's charming Old town, with its faded colonial grandeur and brightly coloured buildings, is always a hit, as is the fortified port. Perfect for people watching, baseball watching, and rum sipping - Buena Vista Social Club, and home of the Castro brothers.

2. Che Guevara (Santa Clara)

Monument to Che Guevara, Santa Clara Monument to Che Guevara, Santa Clara

 

Resting place of iconic revolutionary figure. Visit the mausoleum, built on the site of the final battle of the Cuban Revolution in 1958.

3. Homestays & Salsa (Trinidad and Cienfuegos)

Salsa dancing in Cuba. Salsa dancing in Cuba.

 

Stay with locals in ‘Casas Particulares’ and soak up the ever-present music in these colourful coastal towns. Try out a salsa class in Trinidad - it's basically impossible not to love the nightlife here.

4. Bay of Pigs (Playa Larga)

Site of the failed CIA-backed invasion of Cuba in 1961. Snorkelling and swimming opportunities here.

5. Beaches & Mojitos (Maria La Gorda & Cayo Levisa)

Rooftop mojitos Rooftop mojitos

 

Kick back and relax. We offer trip extensions to the tiny island of Cayo Levisa, and Maria La Gorda features on the mixed activity and family itineraries.

6. Hand rolled cigars (Vinales)

Hand rolling a cigar in Cuba Hand rolling a cigar in Cuba

 

The best tobacco plantations can be found in the Pinar de Rio province, characterised by dramatic Limestone Karsts and a slow pace of life.

7. Mountain Terrain (Sierra Maestra)

Trekkers, Cuba Trekkers, Cuba

 

Trek to Comandancia La Plata, Fidel Castro’s mountain headquarters. This is a walk in the footsteps of history. The 26th July movement setup base here in 1956 following their arrival from Mexico on the yacht named ‘Granma’.

8. Remote Baracoa

Walking in Baracoa, Cuba Walking in Baracoa, Cuba

 

Discovered by Christopher Colombus in 1942 upon landing in Cuba, this is the oldest Spanish settlement on the island. Road access was only established in the 1960’s.

9. El Cobre (Santiago de Cuba)

Basilica of Saint Virgin el Cobre in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba Basilica of Saint Virgin el Cobre in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

 

‘Our Lady of Charity’, the most important church and pilgrimage destination in the country for the predominantly Roman Catholic population.

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