Whether it is those famous Cuban cigars, fine vintage cars or beautiful sandy beaches, Cuba is an eclectic destination that is worth exploring. It is the largest Caribbean island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. Cuba is more than its pristine beaches for the archipelago is known for its verdant hills, luscious rainforests, spectacular wild-life, gushing waterfalls, rugged mountain terrains and finally big cities with bigger personalities.
Kick-start the tour by first heading over to the capital city - Havana. Some of the notable highlights in the largest metropolis of the Carribean are: El Capitolio, one of the city's iconic attractions; the Cathedral Square - famous for being one of Havana's best-preserved squares; Hotel Ambos Mundos - hgih-end building where famous authors Ernest Hemingway stayed.; Revolution Square - numerous political rallies from Bastista's time to present day and Necropolis Colon - Cuba's biggest cemetery. One of the best places to soak in the culture and history of Cuba is the Old Havana - a UNESCO World Heritage Site . Wander about the cobbled streets and marvel at the opulent Baroque and neo-classical buildings.
Beach-a-holics ought to visit Varadero, one of the Cuba's most popular beach destinations. Around 50 hotels are packed around the famed palm-fringed strip and its pristine white sand are successful in attracting tourists from over the globe. Divers would love heading over to the north-east of Varadero, Cayo Piedra Underwater Park - a famous diving and snorkelling area where underwater explorers will discover shipwrecks and several shoals of brightly coloured fishes. Other than diving and snorkelling, folks can also indulge in deep-sea fishing, golf, skydiving and other day trips.
Be sure to visit the town of Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One will get a colonial feel when they wander about the beautifully restored buildings and cobblestone streets. Some of the prominent attractions to visit are; the Plaza Mayor - the city's central square, neoclassical Church of the Holy Trinity, Church and Monastery of Saint Francis and the Museum of Colonial architecture.
Be sure to head over to the coastal city - Santiago de Cuba - a beautiful mesh of Afro-Caribbean cultures. One will be able to look upon pastel covered buildings and opulent cathedrals. Need a getaway? Then take a short trip to the luscious limestone peaks of Vinales, where Cuba's famous tobacco is cultivated.
When it comes to shopping, be sure to pick up the world-famous Cuban cigars, exquisite art and beautiful handicrafts. Any trip to Cuba is not complete without digging into a few of their local delicacies such as the mouth-watering Cuban sandwich - made with ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard and occasionally salami on Cuban bread.
Cuba is home to a plethora of stay options with the best luxury hotels and swanky apartments available to their disposal. At the same time, backpackers and penny pinchers would choose cheap and budget accommodations.
Cuba experiences hot subtropical region. The best time to visit would be between December and April as the temperatures are pleasant at that time.