Viva Cuba! Many people come to Cuba to enjoy its rich cultural offerings; see its cities and areas that UNESCO has declared a part of the world cultural heritage; savour its excellent cooking; participate in some of the many international conferences and congresses that are held here; have a memorable wedding or honeymoon; or simply, have a vacation in peace and safety.
Cuba’s coastline is around 3535 miles (5700 kilometres) long, with many beautiful beaches. In addition, along the higher parts of the coastline, there are cliffs, marine terraces and areas of porous limestone rocks and karren; with mangrove thickets and swamps in the lower-lying regions.
The water at Cuban beaches is a stunning combination of blues and greens, and the beaches themselves, whether pristine or developed, have golden, white or dark sand which may be either hot or cool.
In all cases, these beaches are entrancing and are filled with legends and surprises to be discovered.
The most beautiful beaches (from west to east) are:
- María La Gorda and the ones on Levisa Cay, in Pinar del Río Province; the East Havana beaches;
El Salado, Jibacoa and Trópico, in Havana Province; Varadero, in Matanzas Province; the ones on Cayo Largo del Sur, off the southern coast of the mainland of Cuba, in Havana Province; the ones on Las Brujas and Santa María Cays, in Villa Clara Province; Ancón, near Trinidad, in Sancti Spíritus Province; Rancho Luna, Cienfuegos Province; the ones on Coco and Guillermo Cays, in the Jardines del Rey Archipelago, in Ciego de Avila Province; Santa Lucía, in Camaguey Province; Guardalavaca, Esmeralda and Pesquero, in Holguín Province;
- Marea del Portillo, in Granma Province;
- and the ones in Baconao Park, in Santiago de Cuba Province.
The sea surrounding Cuba is perfect for water sports, especially scuba diving, with courses for everyone from beginners to advanced divers, and diving sites at coral reefs and in underwater caves and tunnels. Carribean cruise ships have regular ports of call at Santiago de Cuba, Cienfuegos and Havana and also drop anchor at Francés Point, on the Isle of Youth. At all these places, their passengers are offered programs that enable them to see attractive sites of interest in just a few hours.
With over 2 million visitors a year, Tourism in Cuba is one of the main sources of revenue for the island. With its enjoyable climate, beautiful beaches, colonial architecture and unique cultural history, Cuba has long been a favourite getaway for travelers from around the globe.