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Friday, October 13, 2017

Cuba, Carribbean Largest Island

The largest and most popular island in the Caribbean Sea is Cuba. It consists of the Atlantic Ocean to the north and the Caribbean Sea to the south. The shape of this island is like an alligator. Half of Cuba’s territory is made up of forested mountains. Cuba is an island with vibrant art, soul-stirring music and villages cloaked in colonial charm. Cuba is famous for music that has influenced the other musicians worldwide. It is a home to nine UNESCO world heritage sites and a population as warm and scintillating as its tropical climate and colorful arts. The capital of Cuba is Havana. Cuba main religion is Catholicism.

What draws people to the Caribbean island of Cuba is much more than beaches and sun. The country can be visited in any season. This is a safe country to travel alone as a single woman or even with children.

Things to do in Cuba:

SMOKE A CUBAN CIGAR: Cuban cigar is that kind which one must never miss. It is a must to smoke a real Cuban cigar. But the best Cuban cigars come from the tobacco farms grown in the Valle de Vinales.

HAVANA TOUR: Ride in a CLASSIC Car, remove photos and enjoy an hour of HAVANA city tour. Whenever you end up travelling in Cuba a ride in an old classic car is a must. Picture rolling through Havana in a restores cabriolet, wind in your hair as you listen to classic salsa on the radio.

Salsa still runs through the veins of every Cuban. Salsa moves seems as if they are walking naturally. The dance culture in Cuba is all about doing it together. For a crash course hang out during salsa night at the outdoor club 1830 and fall into the step with a local.

See live music everywhere in Cuba. Visit the famous club La Zorra, Y El Cuervo or just stop at the association of Cuban writers and artist and you might find a Grammy winner on the sax. Apart from jazz there is also amazing son music, trova, danzon and much more. Havana brims with Cuba’s best nightlife, which hinges on music and dancing. Bars and clubs are plenty. Kick off the night with a daiquiri.

Watch the sunset from EL Morro: it is a 16th century fortress that was also used as a prison for many years. Now it is an excellent vantage point where you can catch beautiful Atlantic sunsets. Every night at 9 p.m. a ceremonial canon is fired from the fortress walls.

Enjoy Cuban rum: rum is cheap and easy to find in Cuba. But some take back home or relax on a palm tree lined beach sipping a mojito in the sun.

Many entrepreneurs are focusing on street food. Try pork hamburgers, fruit milkshakes and coconut pies to name a few.

BARACOA is a little known slice of paradise in Cuba. It is the oldest city in the country this town has a secluded black sand beach, peaceful streams, crashing waterfalls to explore and bathe in, and lush forest. Many visitors come to hike YUNQUE a mountain famous for its flat top that offer incredible view of the sea.

Varadero is Cuba’s most illustrious resort town and with over 3000 miles of coastline, you can have your pick of beach spot, from bustling locals near Havana to hidden gems on the islands less frequented stretches. Its magnificent white sand beaches draw visitors from around the world. The beaches near Havana are a more affordable day trip as are the beaches in the provinces. Varadero is like Cuba’s south beach more of a destination.

Major hotels brands like Starwood are starting to set up shop in Cuba and mainstream cruise ship is setting sail. Casas particulares essentially Cuban B&Bs, are very economical and authentic way to experience local culture. You may be sharing common spaces with most of the families.

Though traveling to Cuba is really challenging. The country’s favorable climate, captivating history, beautiful beaches, swinging salsa rhythms and ubiquitous mojitos are fair compensation indeed.

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