From white sand beaches to hidden coves and laid-back coastal towns, Cuba's beaches are a dream come true. They are among the most beautiful in the world and will bring you the relaxation you are looking for. You come here to enjoy the beach, the sea, the sun and the peace. There are many beaches to explore during your Cuba trip. Cayo Levisa, for example, is only a few hours away from the Havana. You will find only a few hotels here and long stretches of fine beach. Stroll along the surf looking for shells, go snorkeling or diving and plunge down on a bar stool in the evening for a tasty cocktail. Varadero is Cuba's most popular beach destination and is a two-hour drive from Havana. Playa Larga is a good option for travelers looking for a hidden, quiet spot. The place is small and there is a cozy, welcoming atmosphere. You can look for hidden caves, where you jump into the clear water with your snorkel. Here you will also find the largest salt water cave in Cuba.
Camagüey is one of the island’s oldest cities and a perfect town to explore. Get lost in the colorful and winding alleyways, dead-end streets and discover hidden town squares. Camaguey is located in the center of the island and was the hometown of local resistance hero Ignacio Agramonte. As a general, he fought against the Spaniards during the Ten Years' War. Since 2008, the historic city center has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city owes that award to its unique urban layout and beautiful architecture. Her mix of winding and dead-end streets make the center a true maze that you can easily get lost in. In addition to its historical sites, there are also many religious buildings to see: the 19th century Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria at the Parque Ignacio Agramonte and the Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Merced.
Vibrant Cuba is home to no fewer than 22 endemic bird species. The diversity and exuberance of the birds, together with the beautiful landscape and relaxed lifestyle, make it an birding destination not to be missed. Cuba is a fantastic place for bird-watching. Although it is not the most obvious place to go into nature, there are still plenty of areas where you can encounter all kinds of beautiful birds. La Guira National Park is a popular birding destination, as is the Topes de Collantes nature reserve where you go birding and visit some beautiful waterfalls as well.
After visiting bustling Havana many visitors find some relaxation in the green valleys and tobacco plantations of Vinales in the west of the island. This beautiful natural area is located around the village of Vinales, the center of Cuba's world-famous cigar industry. Nowhere else in the world will you encounter this unique landscape with its rust-red soil, steep karst mountains, mogotes (limestone hills) and extensive tobacco plantations. On horseback, you can trudge along the red sand trails with a guide to explore the valley. Along the way you will spot many tobacco fields, 'casas de tabaco', and also drying sheds where the tobacco leaves hang to dry for later use. This is the area where the best tobacco in all of Cuba is grown. It is the ideal place to try a real Cuban cigar or just to learn more about the process and history of these cigars.
In 1819, Cienfuegos was founded by French settlers, making the city just over 200 years old. Cienfuegos used to be a trading port for sugar cane, tobacco and coffee. The city is located on the southern side of Cuba on the Caribbean coast. The city of Cienfuegos is also known as "la Perla del Sur", the Pearl of the South. The old historic city center is also on the UNESCO World Heritage List because of its beauty. Traditional French architecture dominates in the city and the beautiful bays in the area are also worth seeing. This gives Cienfuegos a charm of its own, making it well worth a visit. Where the rest of Cuba has mainly Spanish influences, Cienfuegos is French oriented.