Whether you are looking to cool off in the sea, go for a hike amongst the mountains, or tour unique city streets, Cuba has so much to offer. Cuban locals offer a welcoming experience for travelers, which makes for an amazing experience. That combined with the unsullied infrastructure, stunning landscape, and vibrant culture that is particular to Cuba, this is one destination every traveler should experience.
1. Visit Cuba sooner rather than later if you want to see the real Cuba!
After the travel ban was lifted in 2014, US tourists began pouring in. This has led to increased commercialization. While this is definitely a positive for Cuba’s local economy, it also means that Cuba is about to undergo some serious changes in the places that attract the most tourists. No need to worry though, Cuba still remains alive with authentic Cuban culture.
2. If it’s sunny skies you want, visit between December and May!
Cuba has beautiful weather during its dry season, which is between December and May. While Cuba always maintains a warm and beautiful tropical climate year-round, you are likely to see more rain after May. Your travel agent can help find the perfect time to suite your needs.
3. If you want to see the beautiful countryside of Cuba, visit Viñales Valley!
This rural hideaway is tucked between the Sierra de los Órganos mountains. This little gem of a town is known for its traditional tobacco farming. If you are in the mood for physical activity, hiking and biking are a common activity for tourists.
4. Go on a Havana City Tour in a classic car!
5. Speaking of Havana, don’t forget to try a Cuban cigar!
Cuban cigars are a dime a dozen in Havana. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to experience the symbol of Havana that is so iconic to Cuban culture. Plus, it helps local tobacco farmers.
Be sure to visit a few of the art galleries around the Plaza de Armas and the beautiful Arch de Triumph in José Martí Park, the last remaining in the country. Cienfuegos is also known for its bay, which awards Cienfuegos the title “Pearl of the South”.
7. If you are craving a tropical oasis apart from dense touristy areas, visit Baracoa!
Known for its black-sand beaches, abundance of sea, and waterfalls, Baracoa is also home to a mountain that is famous for its flat top. This hiking destination has a breathtaking view of the sea. This tropical oasis is also home to the freshest mangoes and papayas you’ve ever tasted.
8. Take a horse-carriage city tour through the streets of Trinidad!
Pedestrians and horse-carriages are the only type of traffic allowed on the streets of Trinidad. Enjoy the vastly historic and traditional Spanish-colonial buildings while riding in a horse-drawn carriage. You will feel like you are living a story right out of a history book.
9. Learn to salsa dance like a local!
Salsa dancing is as inherent to Cuban culture as water and good bread are inherent to humanity. Go to the famous outdoor club 1830 on salsa night. Don’t be intimidated by a locals’ expertise in salsa dancing. Instead, follow their lead! The dance culture in Cuba is all about doing it together and many locals are notoriously eager to teach their guests to salsa dance.
While this list only includes the 10 best secrets of visiting Cuba, Cuba has much more to offer. Whether you are looking to unwind in a natural haven devoid of mass tourism, or dance the night away with an abundance of lively people, Cuba has what you need.
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Thelma Pruitt has been an avid fan of cruising for some time and feels this is a great way to see several different islands in one amazing trip. She loves to help her clients plan their vacations whether it's by land or sea.