Places to Visit in Cuba other than Havana
Varadero has one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. If you enjoy relaxing by the beach and water sports such as snorkeling, scuba diving and deep sea fishing this is the ultimate destination to visit in Cuba.
There are a few resorts here that offer all inclusive vacation packages for a fabulous beach getaway.
The water here is crystal clear and the sand is soft, beautiful and white. This location is also only a few hours from Havana.
This town is located on the southeastern side of Cuba and is and is one of the coolest places to visit in Cuba. This town offers plenty of colonial architecture, art galleries, museums and cathedrals to visit.
What sets it apart from other locals in Cuba is it offers a historic district to explore along with fabulous beaches nearby.
Holguin is near many other fantastic beaches such as Guradalvaca and Emerald Beach, which has more beach activities for tourists to partake in. Holguin visitors can also enjoy nature trips to nearby La Mensura and Alejandro de Humboldt national parks, which offer great hiking and camping.
Cayo CoCo is one of Cuba’s finest luxury resorts and known to be one of the most relaxing vacation areas in the world. This is a small and secluded island that offers some of the most exotic
Cayo CoCo also offers all inclusive resort stays and offers unique opportunities to take jungle and glass bottom tours. Other water sports such as snorkeling, scuba diving and speed boating are also available.
Interesting Facts about Cuba (part 2)
To many Americans, and others unfamiliar with the country, Cuba is known for its complicated and tumultuous political history. However, things have changed since the 1960s and as Cuba begins to open up its borders it’s time we Americans began to learn about our neighbor.
- Christmas did not become an official holiday in the country until Pope John Paul II decided to visit the country in 1998. The Pope came to advocate greater religious freedom in the country.
- A rare prehistoric fish, the Manuari, can only be fond off the coasts of Cuba.
- Cuba has the highest patient to doctor ratio in the world. Doctors are so common in Cuba, they often travel abroad to countries in greater need of medical help.
- This country boasts one of the highest literacy rates in the entirety of Latin America.
- Cuba has around 20 daily newspapers currently in circulation. Which is quite large if you think of the relative size of the island.
- Cuba is full of US cars that date from the 1950’s. All newer cars are owned by the government. Cars that were manufactured before 1959 can be privately owened and worked on.
- Cuba is home to the world’s smallest bird, the Bee Hummingbird. An adult will grow only to be 2 inches in length, approximately.
- Fidel Castro was a huge fan of the beatles, and in the year 2000, had a statue of John Lennon constructed in John Lennon Park. He thought of the musician as a true revolutionary in his field.
United States warns Americans to drive carefully in Cuba
Traffic accidents in Cuba involving U.S. citizens are on the rise, and the U.S. diplomatic mission in Havana issued a warning that several Americans are not able to leave the island nation because of the accidents.
The mission urged Americans to take extra safety precautions when driving to avoid accidents. Two U.S. citizens were arrested for driving accidents in the past months, while two others are under house arrest. An additional three U.S. citizens are being detained due to accident related offenses, according to a statement made by the U.S. mission in Havana.
In Cuba, prison sentences for vehicle accidents can last as long as 10 years. Witnesses and those injured in the accident can be forced to remain in Cuba while the case is being investigated.
The warning gave by the mission suggests that car accidents are now the leading cause of accidental death in Cuba.
Cuba’s streets and highways are in notoriously bad shape. Many highways lack lights, secondary roads are narrow and in bad condition. Many roads are crowded by pedestrians on bicycles and horseback.
Many cars in Cuba are also old, due to the U.S. embargo, and lack modern features such as turning signals. Driving in Cuba is plagued by older cars and poor driving conditions. We recommend always being alert while operating a vehicle in the country.
The Best Diving Spots in Cuba
Cuba is a world renown area for snorkeling and diving. Here are a few of Cuba’s best spots to dive:
Jardines de la Reina
This spot has established a reputation as one of the best dive and fishing spots in the world. This an extremely isolated place with a ton of environmental protection – which has allowed the marine park to thrive with a plethora of fish, sharks, stingray, and tortoise. The reef sharks that live in this ecosystem are especially beautiful and attracts many shark junkies. The water here is highly visible and there is little current. Pack of sharks can be safely viewed in this setting as dive leaders will hide dead fish in the reef.
Isla de la Juventud
This area offers the most dive site in Cuba with over 50 dive areas. This island of youth is a natural paradise that offers divers giant coral, caverns, walls, tunnels and a huge selection of fish to view. One of the most popular caves here is “The Cueva Azul, or the Blue Cave, which divers enter through a tunnel that has three exits. Divers can swim next to an assortment of beautiful sponges, coral, and schools of silver glassfish. We recommend staying at the nearby Colony Hotel, a local dive hotel.
Maria La Gorda
This location has some of the most varied diving sites in Cuba. The aesthetic here is beautiful and is a common honeymoon locale. Everything here is covered in lush and exotic color and every dusk onlookers are witnesses to incredible sunsets that bounce off the perfectly white sandy beaches. The dive here is very special, starting with the descent down the vertical Yemaya wall and ending in an mysterious cave covered in black coral.