The nation of Cuba, just south of Florida in the United States, is a once secretive country turned into a fun and vibrant paradise. Being the largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba, is comprised of not only the main island, but several smaller islands as well. With so much open for exploration, your Cuban adventure is sure to be a memorable one. “The Pearl of the Antilles” is rich in culture and heritage. As you walk the streets of the bustling cities, you are going to find Spanish style architecture, local and traditional art, colonial ruins, and so much more. You will be able to learn about Cuba’s rich history, spanning back thousands of years, as well as the future of this great and beautiful country. You can enjoy the many flavors of the Caribbean as well as Cuba’s vibrant art scene that makes for some remarkable sights.
Viñales, Provinz Pinar del Río, Kuba
For those with a penchant for nostalgia, you can head to Old Havana near the center of town. With a Latin flair, classic cars, and beautiful architecture, there is so much to enjoy as you walk down the streets of this gorgeous neighborhood. You’ll meet locals, enjoy lovely restaurants, and maybe even witness some spontaneous dancing.
Literature lovers would be amiss to not schedule a trip to the Museo Hemingway Finca Vigia into their travel plans. Situated in Havana, the Hemingway Estate has been preserved to showcase the brilliant writer’s home and life. Visitors are sure to feel closer to this artist as they explore his home and learn about what inspired him.
Lovers of all things eccentric need to make time to stroll around Fusterland. Located in Havana, artist Jose Fuster worked to transform his home and neighborhood into an artistic playground. With mosaic after mosaic of bright designs and various sculptures towering over everything, your senses and imagination can run wild as you journey through this immersive experience.
We all love a superhero, even one without a cape. Fidel Castro is one such a man and the National Revolutionary Day, held in the heart of Cuba, celebrates the efforts of a group that fought for freedom while they were not free. This is the story on modern Cuba and the heart of its history. Join in this Sunday as Cuba celebrates freedom and freedom.
Cuba is opening up for tourist, but under extreme measure for the safety of locals and tourists. The exact date for the reopening has not been set, but you can expect it in late August. Cuba is approaching its reopening in three phases. The country is now in the first phase, and the reopening will lead to the second.
All tourists will be subjected to testing at the airport before moving to the smaller island resorts far from the locals. The resorts are all-inclusive, seeing tourists are not allowed beyond the enclosure during their visit. Police escorts will follow the tourist buses from the airport, ensuring no stop is made along the way. Some resorts, will be partitioned so locals and travellers don’t meet. Renting a car, tour trips, having a drink in Havana, all these are off-limits for travellers. Things are expected to relax a bit more in phase 3. But for now, restaurants and other tourist hotspot will have to wait before they can welcome tourists back. Or before tourists can engage with travellers.
With 10 international airports, flying to Cuba is a breeze. No matter where you point of origin is, you will be able to easily find a reasonable flight to this culturally rich island. You can easily fly from many large cities in the United States and Caribbean as well as from many of Europe’s major hubs, South America’s hubs, and even some of Asia’s hubs.
As you explore your travel options, you can enjoy an inclusive cruise experience to Cuba. You’ll be able to explore a variety of ports around the Cuban coast and get to enjoy all that this beautiful country has to offer.
Once you’re on the beautiful island of Cuba, you will probably want to travel in between the various cities. You can either buy yourself a ticket on a bus charter or instead rent a car from a local agent and facility.
Voted time and time again as one of the best beaches in Cuba, the Varadero Beach near Varadero is far removed from the major cities. While it is still a popular destination, it isn’t going to be overcrowded and you are sure to have a little corner of the beach all to yourself. You can enjoy the shallow waters as you walk along the shore and take in the world around you.
One of the largest old-growth forests in the country, the Alejandro de Humbolt National Park, sits in the eastern reaches of the country. You can explore the trails, likely get close to some natural wildlife, and get to see a different side of the island.
There is no doubt that Cuba is known for a deep history of revolutionary heroes and icons. And while there are too many to name, you can visit the Museum of the Revolution in Havana to learn all about the political and revolutionary leaders that had the most impact on the country.
For those who want to learn about the natural world around them, they can spend some time at the Museo Nacional de Historia Natural de Cuba (the National Museum of the Natural History of Cuba). Here, you can learn about the various ecosystems and habitats of the island, culture of the communities, and Cuba’s plans to preserve its beauty.
If you want to experience more of the culture and see how some of Cuba’s rich history was preserved, you can visit the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana (the National Museum of Fine Arts of Havana). With multiple floors of art showcases the various elements of Cuban life and culture, you can experience the rich and powerful history of this country as you stroll between the galleries and learn about the various artists from the country.
Lovers of sea turtles can spend part of the day at the Cayo Largo Turtle Farm. The turtle farm works to raise sea turtles for release. They raise turtles from hatchlings until they are old enough to be released into the water. You will be able to see turtles in various states of development and learn all about ways to help protect their environments.
Cuba is a huge bird-watching destination. Whether you go to a nearby national park or you just head to the local green space, chances are you will see various bird species. See if you can find a local birding list of species and see how many you can find.
As the Trump administration continues to tighten sanctions on travel to Cuba, more and more Cuban-Americans are having a harder time getting home. Luckily enough, CubaOne exists to try to bridge that gap. They work to provide the assistance necessary for Cuban-Americans to travel back to Cuba to meet family members, see hometowns, and experience their culture in their homeland. Any amount helps overcome these walls that are being rebuilt.
Motto: “Patria o Muerte, Venceremos!” 🡪 “Homeland or Death, we shall overcome!”
The National Flag:
The flag is made up of three blue stripes alternating with two white stripes. On the left side, there is a red equilateral triangle, with a white star in the middle, coming to a point near the center. The blue represents the original provinces of Cuba. The red represents the sacrifice made by the Cuban patriots.