With travel restrictions beginning to relax when travelling to Cuba and tourism figures growing, travellers are flocking to the island that is famous for protecting itself from outside influences. As a result, the country is charming, its sense of history is palpable and it’s full of wonderful sights that are untainted by the outside world.
Here are three places where you can explore the natural beauty of Cuba.
With so much coastline in this beautiful Caribbean island, there are plenty of beaches to choose from for a traveller looking to soak up some sunshine in paradise. The most famous beach is Varadero, where you can holiday in luxury as there are plenty of all-inclusive 5-star resorts to stay.
However, you can still experience the natural beauty of the island. The beach stretches more than 12 miles and is home to many natural attractions, including sea caves and coral reefs. Experience scuba diving or snorkelling at Cayo Piedra, or cave swimming at Saturno Cave, or swimming with dolphins at Delfinario.
You can’t visit Cuba without a trip to its capital, Havana. It is colourful, vibrant, lively, and full of natural beauty for a visitor to admire. The city even contains the core of the original city of Havana – a stunning look back into the country’s past.
Old Havana boasts UNESCO World Heritage status because of its well-preserved history. Take a walk around the music-filled, cobbled streets to see the historic architecture of the city, such as the stunning Catedral de San Cristóbal de la Habana and the former military fortress, Castillo de la Real Fuerza.
Viñales National Park
Another UNESCO World Heritage site, Viñales National Park is perfect for any nature lover who wants to learn more about the history of Cuba. Their tobacco and banana plantations still use traditional methods of farming and they’re surrounded by towering limestone rock foundations, also called mogotes.
Take a boat to Cueva del Indio, a beautiful ancient cave, with almost 4 kilometres of underground streams and stunning ochre green walls – you can witness the full natural splendour of the cave and the creatures that live within it.
Nature lovers will adore Cuba and all the beautiful delights that it has to offer. Whether you prefer sunbathing on a beach, exploring a city or venturing into a sea cave, you can see the natural beauty of Cuba wherever in the country you decide to visit.