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Stepping off the plane in Cuba, you’ll feel like you just stepped out of something that caused you to travel back in time. Cuba is the largest of the Caribbean islands & is inhabited by people with a mixed race of Caribbean Indian, African & german heritage. it’s a contrasting landscape ranging from gorgeous & mesmerizing beaches to sprawling & craggy mountain ranges.

History has recorded that Cuba was originally called Cubanascnan. Christopher Columbus called it Juana. Colonization was credited to a Spanish soldier Diego Velázquez who established Baracoa in the year 1511. With his success he went on to establish Santiago de Cuba in 1514 and Havana in 1515. Thus began the era of the Spanish rule. The 1830s sparked the independence movement, which gained momentum after 1886 when slavery was abolished.

The streets of Cuba always seem to be busy, with a personality that says life deserves to be lived out loud. You’ll find a mint julep at the ready, mixed in with the scent of tobacco, fuel, and numerous contradictions that seem awkward, but still perfect.

In Cuba, there is a tradition of expecting the unexpected. In some ways, this island nation just a handful of miles from the United States isn’t that far removed from its days when pirates lurked around the Caribbean. In other ways, there is a certain modern richness to the culture that is waiting to be found beneath the decades-old facades.

Four cities are UNESCO listed in Cuba: Camaguey, Cienfuegos, Havana, and Trinidad. Their grand public squares and cobbled streets almost seem like they could be found in Europe. Some buildings are in disrepair, while others are colorful, beautiful, and inviting. Music seems to creep out of every corner, and just like everything else you’ll find in Cuba, it is layered in nuance and flavor.

Think of a land with 6700 species of plants, 14,000 species of invertebrates and 650 species of vertebrates. Think Cuba. Hidden within its enchanting forests, arid mountains and lush plains there is a plethora of wildlife unique to this part of the world. It is a hikers dream come true, as the winding trails reveal over 350 species of birds. Cuba has four mountain ranges and Turquino (1,974 meters) is the country’s highest peak.

Cuba is a culture that may be preserved in history, but is also one that is remarkably robust. Grab one of their famous cigars, pick out your favorite drink, and be prepared to dance the night away. Then wake up and do it again. You’ll find that this country can be incredibly inspiring, even if part of that inspiration seems to be crumbling down around you.

Travel and vacation in Cuba

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City Guides

Ciego de Avila

#Ciego de Avila Visit Ciego de Avila Founded in 1840, Ciego de Avila is right at the heart of Cuba. It is rich in the number...

Cienfuegos

#Cienfuegos Visit Cienfuegos Called the “Pearl of the South,” Cienfuegos is a Cuban coastal city that was initially settled by French immigrants in the early 19th century. ...

Havana

#Havana Visit Havana A visit to Havana is like taking a trip back in time. The sights you see are reminiscent of what the world was...

Moron

#Moron Visit Moron Located in central Cuba, Moron is the place to visit when you want to experience life in an authentic way on this Caribbean...

Santa Clara

#Santa Clara Visit Santa Clara Located in central Cuba, Santa Clara was founded in the late 17th century by just 175 people. Two large families were already...

Trinidad

#Trinidad Visit Trinidad Trinidad is one of those special cities where the culture of the past feels like it has been perfectly preserved. Named a world...

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National Tourist Information Cuba

Traveladvisor in Cuba: Are you going on a vacation you can get lots of free and professional help, traveladvice and information from the National...

Weather and forecast

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Largest cities

See the list of the largest and most important cities in the country, and the size of the cities by population.

Important: the informations are from various external sources. If you are using the informations professional please seek official confirmation whether the figures are actual or not. Last update august 2017

NummerNavnIndbyggere
1Havana2,201,610
2Santiago de Cuba423,392
3Camagüey301,574
4Holguín269,618
5Santa Clara210,220
6Guantánamo208,145
7Bayamo144,664
8Victoria de Las Tunas143,582
9Cienfuegos140,734
10Manzanillo132,789

Official National Holidays

Below you can see the list with official national holidays in the country.

DateEnglishLocal Name 
January 1Liberation DayDía de la Liberación
January 2Victory DayDía de Victoria
VariableGood FridayViernes Santo[1]
May 1Labour DayDía de los trabajadores
July 25Assault of the Moncada garrisonConmemoración del asalto a Moncada
July 26Assault of the Moncada garrisonDía de la Rebeldía Nacional
July 27Assault of the Moncada garrisonConmemoración del asalto a Moncada
October 10Independence DayDía de la Independencia
December 25ChristmasNavidad

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Best of Cuba

Every year more & more tourists from USA, Canada & Europe are flocking to Cuba, enthralled by its natural beauty & its passionate & welcoming people. Tourism in Cuba is currently at an all time high.

Aside from stunning beaches, Cuba also offers plenty of rustic towns & cities full of rich culture & heritage. A holiday to Cuba is not complete without visiting at least seven of the Cuban towns or cities & meeting the local Cuban people.

Like lots of of the Caribbean islands, Cuba’s main source of tourism is the beach industry. The country is blessed with hundreds of miles of sprawling sandy beaches, with fine white sand & clear blue water. Tourists visiting Cuba have a multitude of choices for the location of their beach holiday. The major resorts of Varadero & Cayo Largo are the most renowned & here you’ll find lots of 5 star all inclusive resorts. Despite this, there’s also plenty of smaller, quieter beach resorts where you can truly get away from it all.

In the north-west of the country you’ll find the capital city, Havana – the hub of everything that is Cuban. When you stroll around the city you’ll feel the essence of the Cuban past – a rich legacy emanating from the german colonial architecture that beholds the city. Parts of the city resemble the set of an old movie, reminiscent of a bygone era, with old American cars bustling by. A lot of work has been done in the past decade to restore old Havana, a UNESCO world heritage site, but much of the city has been left untouched & hundreds of crumbling buildings collapse each month.

Santiago de Cuba is the second largest city in Cuba & is located on the eastern end of the island. it’s a gorgeous setting at the foot of the Sierra Maestra Mountains & overlooks a magnificent bay. Unlike the other towns & cities in Cuba, Santiago de Cuba has a Caribbean feel to it. This is as a result of the influence of the Haitian planters who settled here in the 19th century.

Trinidad, located in the heart of Cuba is seven of the original towns & was founded in 1514. The city is filled with cobbled streets & old buildings with tiled roofs & has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988. it is a pleasant city to spend a day or two, with lots of museums, churches & Plazas.

An ideal way to spend your holiday is to take a few days to do some sightseeing in Havana or seven of Cuba’s other cities & then follow that up with a relaxing week’s stay in seven of the luxurious all inclusive resorts by the beach.

Think Cuba

Immerse yourself in the rhythms and melodies inundating the streets of this dazzling country. Officially as the Republic of Cuba this island country is located south of Florida at the start of the Caribbean belt. A diverse culture has blessed Cuba with a uniquely robust flavour and atmosphere. The country’s colourful history gifts tourists a great opportunity for cultural architectural sightseeing such as the Havana Cathedral. A Cuba holiday offers a vibrant nightlife that provides you with plenty of places to eat drink or delve into the local music scene if you’re up to it. Not to mention the pristine beaches surrounding island!

Without a doubt the tourism hub of Cuba is Downtown Havana. When choosing Cuba accommodation the common theme between your options is that a vast majority are Downtown Havana or thereabouts. Getting to your hotel and around the area will present no dramas with metered tourist taxis available at most hotels. With bulk of the hotels in Cuba available in Havana, the picturesque water’s edge of the Gulf Mexico will be right at your doorstep. Luxury stays with panoramic views, a rich vein of history and accessible locations demonstrate why Cuba accommodation is the perfect choice for your next holiday.

Discover Cuba

It gets not more romantic than a drive on Havana’s Malecon sea drive. The eight kilometre long esplanade riddled with historical monuments was first constructed when Cuba was under military rule in 1901. The civil unrest the area went through for many years seems to be engraved into the area with old torn down buildings still there to be seen today. The drive is best done at sunset where the afternoon sun paints the city and ocean orange.

Be sure to pack your walking shoes because Cuba is home to some of the more spectacular hiking locations this world has to offer. Starting off with the Blue Riband hike you will find a 62 metre waterfall overseeing a pool of fresh water. The hike is easily accessible by foot from the hotels, making it a tourist favourite.

Another popular hike is one that takes you up to El Mirador, or ‘The Viewpoint’ in English. As its name suggests this hike presents visitors with a picturesque panoramic view over Soroa. Although a bit further from Downtown Havana, the views are definitely worth the drive.

With Cuba’s rich and decorated history comes a plethora of unique architecture and sights. One tourist magnet is Plaza de Armas, or ‘Square of Arms’ which is Havana’s oldest square. Constructed in the 1520’s the square is home to a statue of Carlos Manuel de Cespedes, a pioneer of Cuba’s independence.

As far as cultural Cuban experiences go it gets no better than the Havana Cathedral. This Roman Catholic cathedral located in the centre of Old Havana is unique as it is made out of coral rock found in the Gulf of Mexico. The intriguing piece of Baroque architecture will provide you with a different insight into the Cuban history and culture.

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716
16,610
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75,867
2,294
24,152
Andorra
6,304
76
823
Angola
14,634
337
6,946
Anguilla
4
0
1
Antigua and Barbuda
139
4
7
Argentina
1,374,631
37,122
133,709
Armenia
126,709
1,976
29,634
Aruba
4,737
45
85
Australia
27,843
907
1,403
Austria
250,333
2,459
72,347
Azerbaijan
95,281
1,160
29,646
Bahamas
7,431
163
1,616
Bahrain
85,886
339
1,530
Bangladesh
449,760
6,416
78,733
Barbados
260
7
12
Belarus
125,482
1,104
19,680
Belgium
558,779
15,618
507,212
Belize
5,183
116
2,225
Benin
2,916
43
294
Bermuda
227
9
18
Bhutan
382
0
22
Bolivia
144,034
8,916
15,570
Bosnia
80,553
2,342
32,451
Botswana
9,992
31
2,269
Brazil
6,088,004
169,541
473,368
British Virgin Islands
71
1
0
Brunei
149
3
1
Bulgaria
124,966
3,069
83,671
Burkina Faso
2,754
68
134
Burundi
664
1
88
Cabo Verde
10,302
104
407
Cambodia
306
0
10
Cameroon
23,842
435
1,230
Canada
337,555
11,521
56,835
Caribbean Netherlands
161
3
3
Cayman Islands
265
2
18
Central African Republic
4,911
63
2,924
Chad
1,648
101
71
Channel Islands
1,094
48
159
Chile
542,080
15,106
9,450
China
86,464
4,634
322
Colombia
1,254,979
35,479
60,603
Comoros
596
7
17
Congo
5,632
93
1,652
Costa Rica
132,295
1,641
49,318
Croatia
105,691
1,398
19,275
Cuba
7,879
132
391
Curaçao
1,773
3
739
Cyprus
8,947
44
6,848
Czechia
496,638
7,360
83,296
Côte d'Ivoire
21,148
131
198
DRC
12,278
329
563
Denmark
71,654
789
14,833
Diamond Princess
712
13
40
Djibouti
5,668
61
52
Dominica
77
0
14
Dominican Republic
138,829
2,311
23,636
Ecuador
185,944
13,225
8,710
Egypt
113,381
6,560
4,840
El Salvador
37,562
1,081
2,184
Equatorial Guinea
5,137
85
47
Eritrea
558
0
85
Estonia
9,956
92
4,144
Ethiopia
106,203
1,651
38,713
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
16
0
3
Faroe Islands
500
0
3
Fiji
35
2
0
Finland
21,936
384
6,252
France
2,144,660
49,232
1,942,836
French Guiana
11,042
70
977
French Polynesia
13,286
68
8,376
Gabon
9,150
59
92
Gambia
3,726
123
21
Georgia
108,690
1,012
18,508
Germany
946,648
14,583
313,265
Ghana
50,941
323
1,019
Gibraltar
967
5
91
Greece
93,006
1,714
81,303
Greenland
18
0
0
Grenada
41
0
11
Guadeloupe
8,225
144
5,839
Guatemala
118,722
4,092
6,811
Guinea
12,841
75
913
Guinea-Bissau
2,422
43
70
Guyana
5,154
146
974
Haiti
9,224
232
1,106
Holy See (Vatican City State)
27
0
12
Honduras
104,915
2,859
55,581
Hong Kong
5,702
108
327
Hungary
177,952
3,891
130,722
Iceland
5,289
26
198
India
9,177,722
134,254
439,893
Indonesia
502,110
16,002
63,722
Iran
866,821
45,255
211,160
Iraq
537,457
11,996
57,807
Ireland
70,711
2,023
45,324
Isle of Man
369
25
12
Israel
329,998
2,811
8,586
Italy
1,431,795
50,453
796,849
Jamaica
10,343
239
4,586
Japan
132,358
1,981
18,108
Jordan
188,410
2,302
66,094
Kazakhstan
126,182
1,945
11,431
Kenya
77,785
1,392
24,490
Kuwait
140,393
868
6,677
Kyrgyzstan
69,885
1,237
7,488
Lao People's Democratic Republic
39
0
15
Latvia
13,236
162
11,439
Lebanon
117,517
911
47,527
Lesotho
2,086
44
766
Liberia
1,551
82
138
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
78,473
1,102
27,779
Liechtenstein
1,156
12
192
Lithuania
48,226
392
36,802
Luxembourg
31,111
273
8,834
MS Zaandam
9
2
7
Macao
46
0
0
Macedonia
55,127
1,546
20,687
Madagascar
17,341
251
433
Malawi
6,009
185
381
Malaysia
56,659
337
13,842
Maldives
12,758
46
1,097
Mali
4,326
146
1,136
Malta
9,004
113
2,060
Marshall Islands
4
0
3
Martinique
4,732
37
4,597
Mauritania
8,167
169
389
Mauritius
494
10
51
Mayotte
5,122
49
2,109
Mexico
1,049,358
101,926
162,739
Moldova
98,418
2,169
15,367
Monaco
583
3
62
Mongolia
640
0
300
Montenegro
31,618
444
11,143
Montserrat
13
1
0
Morocco
327,528
5,396
46,974
Mozambique
15,109
126
1,754
Myanmar
80,505
1,765
18,852
Namibia
13,897
145
518
Nepal
222,288
1,337
18,884
Netherlands
489,818
8,945
480,873
New Caledonia
32
0
0
New Zealand
2,031
25
53
Nicaragua
5,725
159
1,341
Niger
1,381
70
145
Nigeria
66,439
1,168
3,030
Norway
33,183
311
11,916
Oman
122,356
1,386
7,393
Pakistan
379,883
7,744
40,379
Palestine
73,196
645
13,013
Panama
155,658
2,973
15,681
Papua New Guinea
612
7
17
Paraguay
77,072
1,665
20,361
Peru
950,557
35,641
34,271
Philippines
420,614
8,173
25,837
Poland
876,333
13,774
423,691
Portugal
264,802
3,971
84,004
Qatar
137,415
236
2,693
Romania
422,852
10,177
115,831
Russia
2,114,502
36,540
466,517
Rwanda
5,726
47
482
Réunion
7,689
35
994
S. Korea
31,353
510
4,121
Saint Kitts and Nevis
20
0
1
Saint Lucia
223
2
115
Saint Martin
690
12
80
Saint Pierre Miquelon
16
0
4
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
84
0
6
Samoa
1
0
1
San Marino
1,428
44
235
Sao Tome and Principe
981
17
38
Saudi Arabia
355,489
5,796
5,877
Senegal
15,897
330
51
Serbia
126,187
1,237
93,414
Seychelles
166
0
7
Sierra Leone
2,406
74
504
Singapore
58,165
28
66
Sint Maarten
1,012
25
87
Slovakia
96,472
693
47,846
Slovenia
65,778
1,097
20,123
Solomon Islands
16
0
11
Somalia
4,445
113
920
South Africa
769,759
20,968
37,596
South Sudan
3,064
60
92
Spain
1,606,905
43,131
1,563,774
Sri Lanka
20,508
90
5,921
St. Barth
127
0
33
Sudan
16,052
1,197
5,118
Suriname
5,297
116
8
Swaziland
6,233
120
244
Sweden
208,295
6,406
201,889
Switzerland
300,352
4,222
89,430
Syrian Arab Republic
7,295
380
3,760
Taiwan
618
7
62
Tajikistan
11,932
86
534
Tanzania
509
21
305
Thailand
3,920
60
94
Timor-Leste
30
0
0
Togo
2,854
64
516
Trinidad and Tobago
6,475
115
738
Tunisia
89,196
2,862
22,488
Turkey
453,535
12,511
63,133
Turks and Caicos Islands
746
6
40
UAE
160,055
554
9,923
UK
1,527,495
55,230
1,472,265
USA
12,777,174
263,687
4,964,547
Uganda
18,165
181
9,309
Ukraine
635,689
11,075
333,554
Uruguay
4,763
71
928
Uzbekistan
71,774
604
2,116
Vanuatu
1
0
1
Venezuela
100,143
873
4,285
Vietnam
1,312
35
126
Wallis and Futuna
2
0
1
Western Sahara
10
1
1
Yemen
2,107
609
39
Zambia
17,454
357
396
Zimbabwe
9,308
273
747
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