Cuba. Do you dream of Cuba? Many good reasons for a vacation in Cuba. Beach paradise of superlatives
The Varadero Peninsula is probably the most popular place for beach holidays in Cuba with its 20 km long white beach, the turquoise blue sea, and the numerous first-class hotels and resorts. But there is so much more space for sunbathing along the 5,700 kilometers of coastline: Golden beaches beckon in Guardalavaca and black beaches in Duaba Bay near Baracoa.
The beaches of Siboney near Santiago are framed by dramatic cliffs and Playa del Este is just a stone’s throw from Havana. On the other hand, on the offshore cays, such as Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo, or Cayo Santa María, you can enjoy Robinson flair, surrounded by flamingos, mangroves, and coral reefs.
Each of the Cuban cities has its own architectural wealth and interesting cultural assets that make it unique. The first villas are characterized by the most exquisite tendencies of the old continent that make the Caribbean island so unique. The wonderful thing about all cities in the different architectural styles that surprise every visitor: baroque, neo-gothic, neoclassical, eclectic, art nouveau, and art deco coexist in the streets.
This exceptional charm is evident in cities such as La Habana Vieja with its fortifications, the historic center of Cienfuegos, the Villa de Trinidad in the province of Sancti Spíritus, and the historic center of Camagüey, all of which have been declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity.”
Viva la Salsa
Whether Son Cubano, Salsa, or Merengue – in hardly any other country in the world is there a passion for dancing as in Cuba. And so that holidaymakers don’t just watch, dance courses are also offered everywhere. If you still just want to watch, we recommend a visit to the legendary Tropicana. The open-air revue theatre, founded in 1939, has already delighted Marlon Brando and Édith Piaf and is famous for its dazzling dance show.
Cuba, a natural paradise
Six Unesco biosphere reserves and around 260 nature reserves – Cuba is not without reason the most popular Caribbean destination for nature tourism. The Topes de Collantes National Park in the Escambray Mountains lures with parrots, waterfalls, and many hiking trails. The Alexander von Humboldt National Park is a World Heritage Site and the best-preserved mountain ecosystem in the Caribbean. Diamond crocodiles and tiny bumblebee hummingbirds can be spotted in the swamps of the Zapata Peninsula.
Cuba, a water sports paradise
The coral reefs, which are among the best-preserved reefs in the world, extend over more than 3,000 square kilometers. 60 types of coral alone are native here, as well as sea turtles, sharks, rays, dolphins, manatees, and millions of colorful fish. For many, the most beautiful diving spot is the national park around the Jardines de la Reina, with a 120 km long coral reef.
The perfect area for all levels is on Cayo Guillermo with reliable wind, a huge standing area for beginners, and up to one and a half meter high waves for experts.
Cuba’s Creole cuisine is characterized by African, Spanish, Italian, and Caribbean elements – but on an island with 5,700 kilometers of coastline, fish and seafood are of course the main focus. Typical Cuban dishes are Arroz congrí with red beans or Arroz de Pollo with chicken, which are often served with fried slices of plantains, the so-called tostones.
Our tip: Visit one of the popular paladares, family private restaurants with only twelve seats, for an authentic pleasure experience.