Cuba is located in the north Caribbean sea to the east of the Yutucan peninsula (Mexico). During the cold Canadian winter months, Cuba makes an idyllic escape for those looking to relax in the warm sun or cultural enrichment. So, without further ado, let’s get into it – here are our favourite destinations in Cuba!
No trip to Cuba is complete without visiting the famous capital, Havana. Well known for its colonial roots and stunning heritage, one can spend days simply appreciating the sheer uniqueness of this short cross-section of embellished Cuban coastline. While in the daytime, you can expect to be surrounded by impressive colonial architecture; the nightlife offers a unique glimpse into the famous city’s renowned cosmopolitan culture.
To many, Trinidad fits the bill of postcard Cuba, characterized by traditional neo-baroque architecture and cobblestone streets. Much like Havana, the city is built surrounding the old town (a UNESCO Heritage site), often dubbed the city’s only open-air museum! While in Trinidad, we would recommend calling by the colonial squares and exploring the numerous indoor museums.
Cienfuegos encapsulates the artistic uniqueness of Cuba as it was established in 1819 by the French instead of the Spaniards. This historical dissimilarity creates a striking furlough from Trinidad and Cuba’s traditional Spanish colonial roots and a glorious spot to “just” relax! No trip would be complete to Cienfuego without an excursion to the Guanaroca Lagoon, famously home to the popular pink avian.
The Vinales National park is located a short distance from the capital and boasts some of the nation’s most dazzling geography. The Viñales Valley is characterized by unique red soils and extensive round limestone mounds known as Mogote formations. No trip to the region would be complete without visiting one of the many spectacular cave systems or stopping by one of the world-famous tobacco farms.
Santiago de Cuba
Santiago de Cuba is the second-largest city in Cuba and is often anointed the cultural hub of Cuba. Despite its well-established Cuban roots, the Eastern city’s closeness to Haiti and the Dominican Republic plays a large part in the reputed vibrant culture. Furthermore, the town pays a beautiful homage to its colonial roots by proudly exhibiting the multiple ancient structures that provide a splendid account of the region’s glorious history. Despite the cities evident historical charm, no trip to Santiago de Cuba would be complete without experiencing what the nightlife has to offer.
Baracoa is the ancient capital of Cuba and provides a stimulating balance of colonial history and the natural environment. Situated 10km away from El Yunque, a rainforest-covered peak, and on the water’s edge, Baracoa provides multiple entrances to the animal kingdom. On top of that, the city pays tribute to the beautiful habitat by delivering a scope of mouthwatering culinary delights, including many exotic fruits and flavours.
Unlike many other historically significant destinations on this list, Varadero is well known as the region’s most famous beach resort. Warm waters, white sandy beaches and idyllic postcard views are just a few reasons tourists flock to Varadero each year. Situated just down the coast from Havana, Varadero makes a great excursion from the capital. Contrary to popular belief, Varadero offers more than simply dazzling beaches, such as Caves, botanical gardens, and diverse wildlife.