What to do in Cuba?

Cuba is a mythical island, a country stopped in time, as frozen in the 50s. Visit Cuba is to meet his warm people, discover the roots of salsa, marvel at collector cars or sunbathe on its paradisiac beaches.

So, what to do and see in Cuba? I have prepared my top  places and activities that have marked me the most. This will help you organize your Cuban stay without missing out on the must-sees. I will tell you one of my favorite destinations


Why is Cuba worth visiting?

The kindness and humor of the Cubans, the old cars of all colors, the omnipresent music are unforgettable memories! You will also take full view of the architectural and cultural heritage of the island. And do not forget that tourism remains a real resource for Cubans, and despite the great poverty (average salary of € 15 per month)  this endearing population will book you a very warm welcome. We hope this article will help you organize your trip to Cuba

1. Havana


This mythical city has everything to seduce. Havana , the capital of Cuba , is a big city with a human-sized center. Its many squares lined with colorful colonial buildings are worth a visit, and its wide avenues proudly display collector cars that have become the symbol of the island.

Havana, capital of the island, is a city that gives off a force that leaves no one indifferent. You will discover the Cuban rhythm and the architectural riches that make it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On site, it is essential to visit the district of “Habana Vieja” where life is in the street: the omnipresent music, domino players … will transport you in an atmosphere out of time. You will also see villas with recognized charm, especially for their mix of styles, colors or courtyards. As for many destinations, the real discovery comes mainly when you wander the streets and let yourself be carried by the city. Lose yourself, admire the old American cars and go through the many typical squares(Central Park, Plaza de Armas …) . Finally, about twenty kilometers away, you have to visit the “Finca Vigia”, this former colonial villa where Ernest Hemingway resided, and where the charm is intact. You will not be able to visit it from the inside, but the windows reveal real wonders …

Do not miss:

  • the Old Havana with the Cathedral Square, the Old Square and its streets bustling
  • a walk at sunset on the Malecon
  • attend the famous cabaret show Tropicana colorful 
  • to sway on Cuban salsa at Casa de la Musica
  • visit the Hemingway Museum , the “Finca Vigia  “, to discover its untouched world
  • transport yourself in time to Fort El Morro guarding the entrance to the bay

2. Trinidad


Described by many as “the most beautiful city” in Cuba, Trinidad is definitely a city of art. Walk the paved streets, admire the tiled roofs and the windows still open. Discover unusual means of locomotion such as car seats mounted on an axle with wheels to be towed by a donkey. This museum-city has been declared a World Heritage Site, and we understand why photo enthusiasts will not know where to turn! You will see beautiful restorations on the colonial houses (one can easily have a look on the interior because there is not window panes but bars) . Visit the Plaza Mayor and visit the Museum of Romantic Art   (palace built by a Spanish count in 1740)  to luxuriously decorated and furnished rooms.

3. The valley of Viñales



Located in the Cordillera de Guaniguanico in the region of Pinar del Rio,  the Viñales Valley  is to be made in Cuba! This place will delight nature lovers: although quite touristy, it remains a preserved corner of the west of the peninsula.

On the program: hiking in the mountains, walks in the middle of tobacco fields, horseback riding with a local guide, relaxation away from the hustle and bustle of Havana . From Viñales , you will enjoy a splendid view of the mogotes , the limestone mountains that give all its charm to the valley. And not unlike the sugar loaves of Ha Long Bay in Vietnam …


4. Varadero

Cuban little corner, we go to the beach with very white sand lined with green shrubs. The place is quite touristy, and the hotels are directly on the beach. The place is ideal for lovers of the seabed (many excursions are proposed, and it’s worth it!) . The sea in blues and greens is hot and perfect for beautiful diving.  Even if we do not know how to dive with bottles, we can be satisfied with the mask and snorkel to admire the multicolored fish. Finally, enjoy a meal of lobster caught in the morning

5. Cienfuegos

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This city, partially built by French settlers is to be seen in Cuba . Its perfectly squared streets and typical buildings will immerse you in a whole new atmosphere.

The city is small and you will have gone around in one day. Do not miss the José Martí Square, one of the most beautiful places in the country, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Purisima Concepcion, the art deco Jerry Theater and its famous Botanical Garden , home to nearly 1600 different species!

Feel free to go to Punta Gorda one of the most beautiful areas of Cienfuegos with the Palacio de Valle , a jewel of architecture that now houses a seafood restaurant, a bar and a museum.


6. Baracoa

Village located at the eastern end of Cuba , Baracoa has been preserved from mass tourism because of its difficulty of access. It is a place to see in Cuba when you have a little time (the bus ride is long).

This small fishing village , very well preserved , is located in an exceptional natural landscape  : lush forests, intimate beaches and paradise coastline. The possibilities for hiking and swimming are not lacking, and you can also go to the discovery of local rivers, little known to tourists.


7. Cayo Coco

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Cayo Coco is a relatively well preserved haven of peace, best known for its white sandy beaches, ideal for resting, diving and water sports . Some of the best beaches are Las Coloradas, Playa Larga, El Paso and Playa Pilar between Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo , just next door.

Spend at least two nights enjoying the tranquility and beautiful scenery. To do also on the spot:

  • visit the town of Ciego de Avila , typical and pleasant, known for sugar cane and pineapple
  • discover the cigar factory and bring back a box as a souvenir
  • walk in El Baga Park to see an authentic and preserved fauna and flor

8. Laguna de la Leche


It is the largest lagoon on the island. The Laguna de la Leche home to a large variety of aquatic birds, which will delight birdwatchers. During the season you can even see a myriad of flamingos flapping in the translucent waters of the lagoon. A show not to be missed!

The site is close to the city of Moron . I advise you to go there, if only to notice the particular architecture, European style, which will remind you of our country



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