It’s normal for anyone to assume the top reasons to visit Cuba will not be enough to counter the threats of its tumultuous past and unstable present. But in spite of the many civil uprisings it has endured and its bad reputation, Cuba remains to be a gem of a destination in the Caribbean. And thanks to its location and Spanish colonization, people have more to look forward to when visiting this place aside from violence and crime.
To assert the fact that it is a great vacation stopover, tourism in the country is actually one of the major driving forces of its economy, next to agriculture. And apart from the sights, it is also currently delving into medical tourism. But that is another subject for another time. In this particular feature, what will be discussed are the popular tourist spots in the area that you should check out.
First among them is the resort town of Varadero, which is said to attract as many as one million people every year. Also known as “blue beach”, this particular stopover boasts of a 20 km shoreline and a line-up of 4-star and 5-star hotels, bars and restaurants that should keep you occupied during your stay. In addition, this place also hosts a number of natural attractions like virgin cays and caves as well as historical landmarks within the cities of Cardenas, Matanzas and the Zapata Peninsula. Some of these include the San Carlos Cathedral, Provincial History Museum and Sauto Theater.
Next is Caya Coco, which is another tropical island escape in the center of the country. As one of the top reasons to visit Cuba, this destination offers guests a string of all-inclusive resorts, beautiful coastlines and calm, clear waters, that make up for a great vacation experience. And just adjacent to it are several other cays – Guillermo, Romano, Guajaba and Sabinal – which belong to the King’ Garden coral reef system and offer the same amenities as Coco.
Taking a more architectural route, you might want to check out El Cristo de La Habana while you are in the country and marvel at this 66 feet tall religious statue (made by Jilma Madera) that sits on a hilltop overlooking the bay. This capital also offers other structural works of art like the Grand National Theater and the National Capitol Building, both of which echo neoclassical workmanship. And the Havana Stock Exchange, which is more of Renaissance.
To add, there’s also the Morro Castle and the San Salvador de la Punta Fortress, which reflect colonial Spanish construction style. To end this segment of the tour, you should check out the Colon Cemetery, which is one of the most famous in Latin America and the top reasons to visit Cuba. It was built back in 1876 and as of today, is occupied by millions of elaborately sculptured memorials. It is so beautiful that it has been considered an open air museum by locals.