Cuba: Here are 6 of our favourite reasons to visit the revolutionary island

Cuba is a unique destination, full of charm, personality, and dance colours. Cuba is a unique destination, with its colonial architecture and revolutionary history.

Although most tourists are attracted to Havana’s historic capital, there is much more to do and see beyond this iconic city.

In November, the country was reopened to tourists. It boasts some of the highest rates of vaccination in the world thanks to its egalitarian spirit and high vaccination rates. Two of the country’s vaccines have been made by it.

Cuba is home to some of the most highly-regarded doctors in the world. Health tourism is growing as a reason to travel to Cuba.

6. Take a dive off Cuba’s coast


Cuba’s marine life, which is as diverse as Cuba’s culture, is remarkable. You can find unique ecosystems along its 5,745km coastline.

Jardines De la Reina is one of the most popular places to dive. This marine destination is a five-hour boat ride from the coast and offers the opportunity to dive with sharks. You’ll find great hammerhead, nurse and Caribbean reef sharks here, all surrounded with vibrant reefs.

This area is protected as a natural park. It means that the reefs are much healthier than other popular diving spots. There are also giant groupers, spiralling coral columns and coral walls to be found. This is a treasure trove of information for the senses.

5. Visit Trinidad, Cuba


Trinidad, located four hours outside of Havana is one of the most preserved Spanish colonial cities in the Caribbean. This UNESCO World Heritage Site features cobbled streets and beautifully painted neobaroque buildings. It is a delight to see the stylish interiors at Museo de Historia Municipal.

After you’re done with the town, you can head to the Escambray Mountains. It’s surrounded by lush forest, making it the ideal spot for some hiking. Then head to the bars in the town to try a variety of local rums.

4. Cuba’s famous rums are available for tasting


Cuban rum is a must-try on any trip. Cubans are proud of their national drink. It is made from molasses from sugarcane crops grown in Cuba and exported around the globe. Cuban Rum is considered the best in the World, due to its perfect climate for sugarcane cultivation.

You’ll find rum at almost any bar, no matter how you prefer your rum. You should taste it all, to make sure it is good.

3. Visit Havana Old Town – The old town, cigars, and classic cars


La Habana Vieja, also known as ‘Old Havana’, was designated a UNESCO World heritage website in 1982. It is the capital’s historical heart. There are many things to see and learn from the brightly colored buildings and diverse architectural styles. The old town has a lot to offer, including churches and fortresses.

Stop by the Catedral de San Cristobal (Epic Catedral) to brush up on Cuban history.

2. Visit Cienaga de Zapata National Park

Two hours from Havana lies Cienaga de Zapata National Park, a vast area of wetlands that includes mangroves, swampy marshes and incredible underwater treasures. This park is home to many bright pink flamingo flocks. Birdwatchers who are looking for a chance to spot one or two pelicans will love it.

Bright pink flamingo flocks have made this park their home. Birdwatchers who are looking for a few pelicans will find it a great spot to look.

It also includes the famous Bay of Pigs. Here you can dive among beautiful corals and dazzling tropical fish, as well as the occasional shipwreck.

1. Tour Hemingway’s estate


Ernest Hemingway, though not a Cuban citizen, is synonymous with Cuba more than any other writer. For 20 years, the notoriously difficult American literary titan lived at Finca Vigia outside Havana. Hemingway was a prolific writer while residing in Cuba, with many of his works being published after his death.

The house was transferred to Cuban officials after his death and is now open as a Hemingway museum.