After many years of being nearly off-limits to vacationers, Cuba’s tourist market has finally re-opened and and its wonders have exceeded all expectations. Whether busy urban cityscapes, peaceful mountain ranges, and stunning beaches that melt into crystal seas, this island nation has something special to suit everyone’s tastes.
If city life is your preference, Havana is the place to be in Cuba. Nightclubs, jazz clubs, and cabarets fill the evening with nostalgic music. By day, wander the historic streets of Old Havana and enjoy small bands playing in cafes between visits to famous museums. While you’re there, be sure to enjoy a meal at one of Cuba’s famous paladares, those privately owned restaurants that were daringly run illegally until the 90s. The superior rustic Cuban flavors aren’t to be missed.
If you’re more of an adventure traveler, you include time for Cuba’s famed mountains that run straight to the Caribbean Sea. One of the more popular places is Santiago de Cuba, situated just between the sea and the Sierra Maestra Mountains. Here you’ll find more festivals than any other place in Cuba. For even more outdoor adventure, Trinidad is a must-stop city before hiking the Escambray Mountains. And don’t forget to a hike to the summit of El Yunque Mountain. The work is strenuous but the spectacular view of Baracoa Bay’s shoreline is a worthy reward!