Unmissable places to visit in Cuba

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The Republic of Cuba is an island in the Caribbean Sea, and Havana, the largest city on the island, is its capital. Unsurprisingly, Cuba is fast becoming a popular tourist destination with holidaymakers from around the world because it has so much to offer, and its popularity is increasing year on year.

Sun, sea and beautiful beaches are synonymous with Cuba. Whether you want an action packed water sports holiday or you just want to relax all day and top up your tan, this is the place for you. Nevertheless, Cuba is also a place that’s full of history and there are many wonderful sites to see on the island which shouldn’t be missed.

Old Havana and its Fortification System

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the heart and soul of Cuba and is renowned for its beautiful architecture, cobbled streets, churches and restaurants. Plaza de Armas, Plaza de la Catedral (Cathedral Square) and Plaza Viejo are tourist hot-spots.

Trinidad

Located in central Cuba in the province of Sancti Spíritus, about four hours by car or bus from Havana, Trinidad’s Plaza Mayor is the home to museums and historic buildings, including restored early 19th century houses. Playa Ancon, the main beach in Trinidad, is praised as being one of the best beaches on the island. (Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.)

Varadero

The popular resort town of Varadero is in the province of Matanzas. The beach is a favourite with tourists because of the beautiful white, soft sand and crystal clear water. The Varadero Caves are also an interesting tourist attraction.

Viñales Valley

Vinales is situated in the north-central Pinar del Río Province of Cuba. Here you will find another beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site, Viñales Valley, which is both stunningly picturesque and relaxing.

Dolphinarium, Cayo Naranjo

Situated in the eastern sector of the country, Holguin is the third largest province in Cuba. The dolphin and sea lion show affords loads of fun for all the family with the possibility of swimming with the dolphins!

Snorkelling and Diving

There are numerous dive sites in Cuba with Jardines de Reina, María la Gorda and the Isla de la Juventud being the best areas.

General Information

- Travel Insurance & Medical Insurance

Comprehensive travel insurance and medical insurance is recommended. You will be expected to show your insurance policy when you arrive in Cuba.

- Entry Requirements

Tourists will require a Visa (Tourist Card) before travelling to Cuba.

- Currency

Cuba operates a dual currency system with visitors using the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUP) and locals using the Cuban Peso (CUP). Debit/credit/ATM cards are accepted, but you should check with your bank before departure for Cuba. Travellers cheques and credit cards drawn on American Banks are not accepted.

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