Mini Guide to Cuba

Varadero

Varadero is a small paradise not too far away from Havana. It has an abundance of all-inclusive resorts and most visitors are looking to relax on the beach sipping cocktails, or playing golf in the nearby Varadero Golf Club.

Although it might not be the ideal place to delve into Cuban culture, it’s still possible to find interesting activities. Parque Josone has an incredible botanical garden with lakes parrots and flamingos, and the extensive Bellamar Caves are the oldest tourist attraction in Cuba, which opened in the 1860s.

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Baracoa

Cuba’s first capital, Baracoa was established in 1511 and it’s the city with the most prominent Caribbean vibe. It’s the ideal place to drink some rum and then visit Casa de la Trova to show your salsa moves to the locals.

Baracoa is also famous for its cacao plantations and it’s the main producer of Cuban chocolate in the country. Travelers can visit the plantations and Yumuri Canyon, a beautiful river gorge with many walking tracks.

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Interesting Sites and Natural Wonders

Maria la Gorda

Maria la Gorda is a small village on the west of Cuba and famous for its diving center. There’s no public transport to the village, so visitors need to rent a car or book a transfer from a tour agency.

It’s the ideal destination for those looking for tranquility. Apart from the diving center, there’s only one shop, two restaurants, and one hotel. It’s also a great place for birdwatching, and travelers can spot Royal Terns, Black-throated Green Warblers, and Bee Hummingbirds (the smallest bird in the world).

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