Tired of the same old photos, videos and reports about the Caribbean? If you’re ready and willing for something different, pack your suitcase and escape to Cuba. The island has unparalleled charms, as well as a different and very interesting society.
In recent years Cuba has become a must-visit destination for almost every type of traveler. There awaits you… whatever you are looking for. If you want excitement, you’ll get it. If you want rest, then you’ll rest…
Check out our list of must-see places – take note!
Cienfuegos, or “The Pearl of the South” is one of the most beautiful and largest cities in Cuba. It is located on the Caribbean coast and is a World Heritage Site as it is one of the best examples of urban planning in the Caribbean. The city was founded by French settlers in 1819 and today it is known for its stunning José Martí Park, Governor’s Office, and Cienfuegos Cathedral. It is also home to the Ferrer Palace, considered one of the most beautiful museums in the city, and the Municipal Museum of Cienfuegos which are both must-sees for any visitor!
One of Cubans’ favorite beaches is Cayo Jutías, a small sandy island in the northwest of the country. You will understand why it is one of the best beaches in Cuba when you get there and see the white sand, clear blue waters, coconut trees and numerous types of birds that make this key a true paradise. There are two restaurants on the beach itself. They are a little more expensive than the restaurants in town, but they are still economical, especially for the tourists’ pockets. Nobody can walk to the west end of the key anymore because they closed it and put guards there, it’s a shame. So, if you want to see this part, you have to pay for a one-hour excursion that takes you to the most virgin and untouched part of Cayo Jutías, which is beautiful. Marvel at the clean sand, clear water and starfish. Cayo Jutías is definitely one of the best places to visit in Cuba and one of the best beaches there, an island full of exotic and lush beaches.
Valley of the Ingenios
If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience in Cuba, be sure to visit the Valle de los Ingenios. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is made up of three picturesque valleys just 12 kilometers from Trinidad. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the valleys were an important center for sugar production, with over 50 mills in operation at the height of the colonial period. These mills relied on the labor of more than 30,000 slaves. Today, many of the mills are well-preserved and open to visitors. Highlights include the Valley viewpoint, the San Isidro Sugar Mill, and the Manaca Iznaga Tower, which offers stunning views from the top after a challenging climb.
Playa Ancon is a must-visit for any traveler to Cuba! The gorgeous white sand and blue water are perfect for a relaxing day by the beach, and there’s plenty to do if you’re looking for more than just a day of lounging around. Water sports, sailing, and parties at the nearby resorts and restaurants are all great options for fun. And the lagoon behind the beach is not to be missed – it’s a truly stunning sight.
Central Park Of Havana
Central Park in Havana, Cuba, is a must-see for any traveler. This emblematic square is surrounded by luxury hotels and offers breathtaking views. You will also find important buildings such as El Capitolio (with its famous golden dome), the majestic Gran Teatro de La Habana and the Museo de Bellas Artes de La Habana. The best way to explore the area is to take a ride in one of the colorful antique cars that fill the streets of Cuba, known as almendrones.
If you’re looking for a beautiful and historic city to visit, Trinidad, Cuba is the perfect choice. The city is full of well-preserved colonial buildings and Spanish architecture. The Casco Historico is a small but charming area full of pastel houses and cobblestone streets. Make sure to visit the Convent of San Francisco for the best view of Trinidad and the Valle de los Ingenios.
Old Havana is a beautiful and vibrant area of the city, and is perfect for a day of exploring. With its many shops, restaurants, and historic landmarks, there is something for everyone in Old Havana. Be sure to add this to your list of things to do in Cuba!
The fortresses of Havana
Old Havana has a long history and rich culture. In the past it was constantly attacked by pirates and corsairs, so the Spanish built walls, forts and castles to protect the city. Some of the most visited fortresses are the Castillo de la Real Fuerza, the Castillo del Morro and San Salvador de la Punta. The Castillo de la Real Fuerza is much smaller than the others, but it is right in the center of Havana, so it is easy to reach on foot. The largest is the Fortaleza de San Carlos de La Cabaña, where you can hear a cannon shot every day at 9:00 p.m. (try to arrive a couple of hours early). The best thing about the site is the beautiful sunset that you can observe and that makes this place one of the most beautiful historical sites in Cuba.
Santa María Key
To be honest, the main reason most people travel to the Caribbean is to relax on its stunning beaches and resorts. That’s the truth. As you can see, Cuba has some of the best beaches in the Caribbean and in the world. I chose Cayo Santa Maria as my beach, and I am so glad I did because it is a truly amazing place. The only places to stay on this island are all-inclusive resorts, so you can unwind and relax while spending all day among the clearest ocean waters and whitest sands you can imagine. Cuba is a wonderland and, in my opinion, Cayo Santa Maria, one of the most impressive places in Cuba.
The Viñales Valley is the most beautiful place in Cuba and it is easy to see why it is a World Heritage Site. The scenery is incredible, with mountains, caves and tobacco farms (the best tobacco in the world, don’t forget). Watching the sunrise from Los Acuaticos is one of the most inspiring moments imaginable, and horseback riding in the valley is a must. At the end of the day, don’t forget to enjoy the sunset from a terrace with a famous Cuban drink in your hand and traditional music in the background. Ah, what a scene!
These are the 10 most beautiful places in Cuba, in my humble opinion. I hope you liked this selection of varied places. Of course, the list could be much longer.
Have you visited Cuba? Comment, if you wish, about those Cuban places that marked you. Which ones would you advise to include in this list?