Cuba, seen by the world as America’s tiny, communist island cousin, this little nation’s rich historical, cultural and revolutionary background have made it an ideal escape for travelers of all ages.
While many book holidays to Cuba to experience the island’s Latin culture and to view the region’s impressive architecture, more and more travelers are flocking to Cuba for an adventure holiday. A small island with a big heart, here’s our guide to the most adventurous and fun activities to do in this exceptional destination.
Traverse Havana’s Malecón
Cuba is famed for its picturesque coastline, and Havana’s Malecón, 8 kilometers of beautiful sea drive, which attracts both tourists and locals at all times of the day and night. Traverse it by day during a cold front and experience the waves from the safety of the land, protected by the sea wall. The road is closed to cars during this time, but thrill seekers are welcome to walk along the road: they’ll get very, very wet, though!
I love the water, the beach, the sands and everything else that comes with it, so I’m always on the lookout for new challenges, and Cuba offers lots of opportunities for scuba diving to every traveler.
There are many great diving sites in Cuba, but because there are so many, you will be utterly spoilt for choice! The best advice I can give, especially if you’re fairly new to scuba diving, is to concentrate on where you want to dive, as popular sites such as Jardines de Reina and Isla de la Juventud, are quite isolated, and require extra care and planning.
It may come as a surprise (at least, it did to me) to find out that Cuba is also very famous for its unspoiled mountain ranges. One of the best places to go for a day’s walk is Viñales National Park in Pinar del Rio province. Featuring exceptional mountain ranges, caves and tobacco plantations, this park is the most tourist-friendly on the island, with modern toilet facilities and local guides. If you’re a first-time visitor to the park you should arrange a tour with a local guide to get the most out of your excursion.
Holidays to Cuba offer more than just beaches and architecture, so why not experience the more adventurous parts of the island this year?