40 Vacations - Travel Guides - Destination Cuba
The largest of all the Caribbean Islands, Cuba is a fascinating country with much to offer. The country has a distinct and colorful history, reflected through some of its epic colonial architecture, lovingly nurtured vintage cars and pristine beaches.
Music in Cuba is a significant part of the daily life with the rhythms of salsa or jazz likely to erupt in the cobbled streets at any time. Material privations have not dampened the friendly Cuban spirits and singing and dancing are still high on their list of priorities just like the appreciation for quality rum and cigars.
Cuban attractions like Cueva Punta del Este, the Mirador de Bacunayagua, Museo de Ciencias Naturales Sandalio de Noda, La Jungla de Jones and Valle de los Ingenios have become extremely popular with tourists over the last two decades. Several visitors have visited Cuba to be a part of its events such as the Havana Carnival, the Jornadas de la Cultura Camagneyana, the Festival Internacional de Jazz, Semana de la Cultura and others.
The country of Cuba represents a treasure trove for the modern holidaymaker, with the delightfully restored center of evocative Havana, colonial Trinidad, the spectacular scenery of Pinar del Rio, the forests of the Sierra Maestra and the shiny Caribbean beaches. Cuba offers a transfixing and timeless image through its energetic young salsa dancers, Che Guevara murals and swaying fields of sugarcane. This is an island of unique affluent culture floating amid a sea of encroaching globalization.
Cuba offers cheap drinks and food without compromising on quality. Tourists can enjoy sipping on the famous mojittos (cocktail) at an all-inclusive resort in Varadero or enjoy one of the many Cuban delicacies. The budding tourist sector exists alongside the Cuba of the communist regime.
Castro's revolution disposed off many of the inequalities of the previous era, when Cuba was the playground for wealthy Americans, propped up by the proceeds of gambling and prostitution. The facades of this earlier generation remain, alongside the increasingly efficient new hotels and resorts.