Cuba tours offer a lot for travelers to enjoy and there are many reasons why people are planning travel to this Latin island in the Caribbean: beautiful colonial cities, diverse amazing food, warm and friendly local people, a thriving art scene and much more.
Beautiful Colonial Cities
History buffs love wandering around Cuba’s stunning colonial cities and admiring the elegant architecture. Cienfuegos is a charming waterfront city known as the “Pearl of the South” and has a wonderful blend of Caribbean spice and French charm. Its neoclassical Cathedral will amaze you with its stained glass and original tower clock.
Another place known for its lovely colonial buildings is Trinidad de Cuba, the “Museum City.” This amazingly well-preserved town offers a glimpse into different era. It is rich with Spanish colonial architecture and scenic cobblestone streets.
In Havana, you will see many fine examples of colonial architecture spanning the 16th to 19th centuries. You can visit the four plazas that have been renovated – Vieja, Cathedral, San Francisco and Armas – on a lovely walking tour of Old Havana, built in baroque and neoclassical style.
Gorgeous Natural Landscapes
A journey into the countryside of Cuba will absolutely take your breath away. Viñales Valley, where tobacco and other crops are cultivated, is surrounded by mountains and limestone cliffs covered with thick foliage. This living landscape was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999.
In fact, there are nine UNESCO World Heritage sites on the island, 14 national parks and 596 miles (960 kms) of white sand beaches. Enthusiasts of nature tourism who like birding, hiking and biking find a world of enjoyment when they visit Cuba. It’s teeming with wildlife, more animal and plant species than anywhere else in the Caribbean.
The Amazing Food
One of the best things about visiting a new country is sampling the local cuisine. Cuba vacations offer a lot to discover when it comes to culinary delights. The cuisine here is influenced by Native American Taino dishes, as well as Spanish, African and Caribbean food. And today’s Cuban chefs have access to a broad spectrum of ingredients. This means that there is an exciting blend of flavorful dishes to try.
Besides nuevo Cuban cuisine, there is more authentic Cuban cuisine. Look for the privately-run restaurants in the homes of locals, known as “paladars”, where you will be served a fantastic home cooked meal. For an indulgent snack try the frita – a hamburger served on a Cuban bun with a fried egg and crunchy shoestring fries. A lip-smacking street food is corn on the cob grilled and sprinkled with cheese, lime juice and chili powder. Cuba also boasts its own version of Spanish paella with chicken, mussels, chorizo, lobster, scallops, ham and shrimp. Yum!
Friendly and Welcoming Locals
Speaking of local hospitality, another reason to visit Cuba is the people. Cubans are educated, hospitable and resilient. Friendly, outgoing and fun-loving, Cubans are often out in the streets meeting and greeting one another. They love to dance, drink, eat and to just enjoy life. You will often see them smiling and laughing. If you come with a smile and a little bit of Spanish, you will receive a warm welcome.
Soak Up the Art and Culture
The art scene on Cuba tours is diverse and fascinating, reflecting influences from South American, European, North American and African styles. This island is one of the most culturally rich destinations in the Caribbean. For many years Cuban art was dominated by European styles and focused on classicism. In recent years modern influences are beginning to flourish.
On your trip to Cuba, you can check out some of the many independent art galleries. You’ll see colorful, evocative and thought-provoking works by local artists. Many travelers end up buying a piece of artwork for their home.
Get a Glimpse of The Past
Cuba is changing but it still retains some of its time capsule ambiance. It was not touched by capitalism and the influence of American culture for a long time. Classic car enthusiasts will love the many vehicles from the 40s and 50s that cruise the streets of Havana and beyond.
Havana itself has a very authentic atmosphere like nowhere else in the world, full of architecture, food, art and history. Cubans are proud of their heritage and traditions. They are dedicated to preserving this uniqueness while still looking towards progress. This year is Havana’s 500th anniversary. As part of the celebration, several renovation projects are underway.
Today’s Forecast: Sunny and Warm
We can’t guarantee the forecast, but we can say the climate is moderately subtropical and predominantly warm. The island’s average temperature is a perfect 77ºF (25ºC) and the average relative humidity is 78 percent. The island enjoys an average of 330 days of sunshine a year. Visit Cuba and you find two clearly defined seasons are the rainy season (May to October) and the dry season (November to April).
Culture and Music
Many international figures in literature and fine arts, film, ballet, modern dance and theatre hail from Cuba. The country is also renowned for its original rhythms such as the danzón, son, bolero, mambo, cha cha chá and more. Travelers can experience the world’s best jazz during the annual Havana Jazz Festival in January. Afro-Cuban and Latin music is everywhere. Hear the music and feel the rhythm on the streets of Havana, at a Tropicana floor show, and in the town and villages of the countryside. Cubans love music!
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