The life, the colour, the music…it’s all here – a pulsing, heartbeat that sweeps you up and carries you off in its bohemian salsa tempo. The personality of this fascinating country is magnetic, infectious, and impossible to say no to.
This incredible vibrancy is everywhere you visit in Cuba.But to make sure you visit the right places and avoid the bad ones, we’ve listed all the top destinations to visit in Cuba and one place to avoid for you below.
A tiny town with a huge influence over the rest of the country, Vinales is where the very best tobacco is grown for the biggest cigar brands. Cohiba, Montecristo, Cuaba – they all use the leaves grown in this valley.
About an hour and a half west along the coast from the Bay of Pigs, this harbourside town is full of art, culture, and history. Cienfuegos is known as the Pearl of the South thanks to its beautiful bay – Bahia de Jagua.
Similar to Havana, the Old Town section here is UNESCO World Heritage Site (as a World Monument), but unlike Havana, this part of town is only accessible on foot or on horseback. Carts are also allowed and commonly seen.
The city has a lot of Spanish colonial architecture since it was founded in 1515 by the Spanish. The city has a distinctive Afro-Cuban vibe. It’s most famous for its Carnaval, which is a festival with drum-beating, son dancing, and parades with colorful costumes and floats.