Best Tourist Places to Visit in Cuba, America
Cuba is an islet country in the Caribbean and officially called as the Republic of Cuba. Cuba is located between the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean covers an area of 42,426 square miles (109,884 square kilometers) making Cuba largest island in the Caribbean. Havana is the capital of Cuba and surrounded by Bahamas, Haiti, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Florida (U.S) and Belize country. Coordinates of Cuba are 22.0000° N, 79.5000° W. The Cuban economy is mainly based on tobacco production, sugar industry, tourism, agriculture, fishing and oil production.
History of Cuba:
Before the settlement of Spanish colonies in Cuba, it was settled by Native American populace called as the Taino. Christopher Columbus was the first to land on Cuba Island in the year 1492 and claimed the island for Spain. Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar established the first settlement in Cuba in 1511 and in 1548 Gonzalo Perez de Angulo was the new governor of Cuba. In the year 1868, Cuba became an independent country for Spain but United States captured the island. War was fought between Spain and America to capture the island but both the nations signed the Treaty of Paris and Cuba became an independent country in the year 1902.
Places to Visit in Cuba:
Baconao Biosphere Reserve:
The Baconao Biosphere Reserve is an expansive 84,985 hectare UNESCO World Heritage Site, renowned biosphere is home to 1,800 plant species that are of importance for their medicinal, industrial and religious properties and there are more than 900 indigenous species of wildlife species in the reserve.
Teatro de La Caridad:
Teatro de La Caridad is the national monument of Cuba constructed in the year 1885 located in the Santa Clara city which represents the colonial era and one of the 8th grand theaters of Cuban colonial period.
Valle de los Ingenios:
Valle de Los Ingenios is a historical site where tourists can explore 70 historic sugar mills lining this valley just outside Trinidad. Tower near the mill provides excellent view of the nearby mountains and beaches.
Alejandro de Humboldt National Park:
Alejandro de Humboldt National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site, the heart of the Cuchillas Del Toa Biosphere Reserve, an extensively documented as the best preserved mountainous ecological unit in the Caribbean, it is full of assorted flora and fauna.
The Car Museum is a historic museum was constructed in a warehouse in the year 1891, in a classic neoclassical style. The demonstrations are of old cars, with the classic history of the automobile and its spare parts shown in detail, the museum is located in Havana city.
Other Places to visit in Cuba:
- Parque de la Pastora
- Parque de la Justicia
- Casa de los Refranes
- Ermita de la Popa
- Museo de Arquitectura Trinitaria
- El Balcon de Iberia
- Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion
- Marea del Portillo
- Parque Nacional Pico Turquino
- Parque Cespedes
- Museum of the Revolution
- Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana
- El Templete
- Necropolis de San Carlos Borromeo
- Playa Giron Beach
- Jardines de la Reina
- The Cienfuegos Botanical Garden
- Guanaroca Lagoon
- Museo Historico Provincial de Matanzas
- Cathedral of San Carlos De Borromeo
Best time to Visit Cuba:
Cuba is served by a tropical savanna climate with rainy summers and dry winters. Summer season is from May to October and winter season is from November to April and climate is same throughout the country. Best time to visit Cuba is from December to March.
How to Reach Cuba?
Cuba has expressways and national highways which have good road connectivity to all the cities and town in the country. Cuba has tourist buses which are used for long distance travel for the tourists and tourists can book the buses online and local buses are used by public to get in and around Cuba. The rail network in Cuba was established in the year 1848 and best suited for long distance travel in the country. There are 7 ports in the country but only three cruise ships are operated in the country and served by 2 major international airports (Ignacio Agramonte International Airport and José Martí International Airport) which has direct flight connectivity to the world and other cities are connected by domestic airports.
Where to Stay in Cuba?
Cuba has both traditional and modern accommodation facilities with world class amenities. Rooms are rented at $ 150 for luxury and $ 200 and above for suites per day and economy hotels cost from $ 10 and above with facilities like swimming pool, spa, car on hire, free internet service, etc. Some of the prominent hotels in Cuba are listed here below:
- Villa Los Caneyes
- Occidental Royal Hideaway Ensenachos
- Gran Hotel Iberostar Trinidad
- Melia Habana Hotel Havana
- Hostal Casa Muñoz
- Villa Maguana
- Hotel Guantanamo
- Hotel Santa Isabel Havana
- Casa Florinda Chaviano Martinez
- Casa Gloria Boue Alonso
- Casa Hugo & Adela
- Barcelo Habana Ciudad Hotel Havana
- Club Amigo Tropical Hotel
- Iberostar Playa Alameda Hotel