Cuba, the "Pearl of the Antilles," is the largest and from the traveler's perspective the least commercialised Caribbean country. It beckons the jaded traveler with its picturesque colonial towns, intriguing Afro-Cuban culture, rousing revolutionary monuments, almost 300 unblemished beaches, enchanting countryside, and potent rum - even the beer is excellent. Activities such as scuba diving, yachting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and bird watching can be easily arranged through our website. The Cuban people are sincerely friendly and extend the same warm welcome to all guests from all countries.
For four centuries Cuba was the main gateway to Spain's vast American empire, and cities such as Havana, Matanzas, Trinidad, Sancti Spiritus, Camaguey, Bayamo, Baracoa and Santiago de Cuba stand as sentinels to bygone colonial glory.
Havana, with 2.1 million inhabitants, is the largest city in the Caribbean. Founded on its present site in 1519, it is one of the oldest cities in the Americas.
The Spanish built protective fortresses of solid stone to keep out pirates and their European enemies, and these outposts still guard picturesque Old Havana, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, whose charm is truly captivating. The richness of Cuba's culture is well reflected in its many museums, several dozen of which are in Havana.
The capital is a world-class artistic center with numerous galleries, theaters and literary centers gracing the quaint colonial streets and squares. Cuba truly is a musical watershed where the rumba, mambo, cha cha cha, son and salsa all originated. Its unspoiled landscape extends well beyond the magnificent coastal beaches and pristine reefs to verdant valleys and rugged mountains.
For the individual traveler Cuba is a fascinating smorgasbord of nonstop discovery and experience. It is a surprisingly easy country to visit; one can rent a car or board a train or bus and go anywhere. No special rules or regulations hamper tourists.
This is one of the last truly unspoiled countries in the world, practically free of the crime and drug trade present at some other tourist destinations. The hotels are numerous and prices vary from inexpensive to five-star luxury. Visitors can also stay in private homes. For the tourist who wants only a week or two in the sun, Cuba provides various smart resorts, plus glimpses of history in the making.
The Cuban Environment
The island is completely surrounded by thousands of kilometers of coral reefs containing the most diverse variety of corals, fish and other marine life to be found anywhere, with steep walls dropping from reefs to the abyss. Check under Diving in menu.
More than 150 species of Atlantic, Gulf and Caribbean fish abound in Cuban waters, from the majestic marlin, swordfish and sailfish, to bonefish, tarpon, snook and permit on flats and in estuaries, to snapper and grouper on the reefs. Tuna, cobia, mackeral, seatrout, jack and barracuda also abound.
More than 20 systems of caves and caverns can be explored throughout the island, some with rivers or underwater caves connecting with the sea, many with ancient indigenous pictographs, and all with their unique living species.
One of the world`s most conservation and ecology-oriented countries, Cuba offers a dozen national parks, on land and sea, covering tens of thousands of hectares, plus numerous biosphere reserves, natural parks and protected natural landscapes.
Cuban flora includes more than 6,300 varieties, 51% of which are endemic, and as for fauna there are 54 species of mammals, 350 species of birds, 106 reptiles, 42 amphibians, 1,400 mollusks, 15,000 insects and 1,440 arachnids.
In brief, Cuba offers the visitor one of the world`s most interesting and varied nature preserves, a climate that can be enjoyed year-round and comfortable and affordable accommodations to fit any budget. Cuba, by the way, is largely free of illicit drugs, practically crime-free, and the streets and hotels are as safe as you will find anywhere. Visitors do not have to fear walking the streets at any time of day or night and, moreover, you will never find a more highly educated, polite, hospitable, and affectionate people, or a more relaxed environment anywhere.