In recent years, the northern Caribbean island nation has gradually opened up to foreign tourists, possibly to try and boost the economy. As it has opened up, an increasing number of visitors the world over have made their way there to see what it has to offer, but what has helped to make Cuba become something of a newcomer to the list of tourism hotspots?
Sandwiched in between the USA to the north and Jamaica to the south, it’s fair to say that the weather in Cuba is a big attraction. As it’s sunny for most of the year, the island makes for a great place to enjoy a walk along the beach or perhaps a little dip in the sea, especially in summer when temperatures often rise over 30C.
As the Caribbean’s largest island, Cuba has mile after mile of golden sandy beach. That alone makes visiting the country worth your while, but some particular beaches stand out, one being that near the city of Santiago de Cuba in the south east. There, you’re within a few yards of the city and all its bars and shops, while you’re also treated to views of the Caribbean and the nearby sierra.
Further inland is Havana, the capital and cultural centre of Cuba. Here, there are plenty of ancient buildings which act as fine monuments to the country’s history, while there are museums and concert halls such as the Museo de la Revolucion that showcase what life is like in Cuba today. It’s also a great place to enjoy a fine, handmade Cuban cigar!
All that jazz
Cuba is one of the most famous countries for jazz music, with many artists of international renown coming from the country. As evidence of Cuba’s relevance to the genre, two major festivals including the Havana International Jazz Festival take place here every year. Salsa is another cultural export which is best enjoyed here.
When travelling to Cuba, you should be aware of travel restrictions that are still in place here. Travellers here must provide proof that they have a medical insurance policy on arrival, while US currency and credit cards from American banks are not accepted. On a lighter note, a small beer will set you back just £1, so enjoying a local tipple won’t cost the earth!
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