Cuba is one of the most beautiful Caribbean islands. It is also a very popular tourist destination, although the American public has been deprived of it due to political reasons. Soon, however, everybody will be able to visit this beautiful island and marvel in its many amazing sights.

Major Cuba Attractions

There are currently 14 attractions that are absolute must sees. Some of these are:

  • Villa Clara
  • Havana
  • Santiago de Cuba
  • Santa Lucia
  • Trinidad de Cuba
  • Varadero

Havana is the capital of Cuba and a firm favorite among tourists. There is fantastic nightlife and the architecture is out of this world. But Trinidad de Cuba, which is some 500 years old, is not to be missed either, particularly if you like history.

If you like to dive, you simply must stop at the Casilda Bay. Santiago de Cuba, by contrast, is more cosmopolitan. And the Turquino national park is a place you will never forget and easy to reach from Santiago de Cuba.

Cuba on a Budget

One of the things that are so attractive about Cuba is that it is a really cheap place to be. In fact, even tailor-made vacations such as those offered by Tauck Tours are affordable. This is contrary to popular belief that organized vacations are very expensive. You are able to get some amazing package deals, which also means you do not have to stay in substandard accommodation just to save a bit of money.

There are now also a number of all inclusive hotels and resorts in Cuba. This is a great option if you intend to stay in one location for the duration of your vacation. Others prefer traveling around and experiencing local culture and cuisine, in which case this may not be such a good option.

You can also organize your entire trip to Cuba yourself, but this is not recommended. Unfortunately, the country is highly corrupt and most Western citizens do not understand the laws of the land, which follow communist principles. For instance, anyone driving a car is considered privileged enough to be able to do that and they are therefore obliged by law to pick up hitchhikers if they see any. There is also quite a lot of criminality in Cuba, particularly in poorer areas. While on paper, there should be full equality in that country with free education and free health care, the reality is that both health care and education are of very low standard due to the embargo. As a result, corruption and poverty are very high. While this is likely to improve now that discussions have started about lifting the embargo, it is still not a place where you should go wondering off if you don’t know where you are going.

Choosing instead to book yourself on an organized tour means that you can enjoy the greatest beauties of Cuba, without having to worry about the less positive sides of this country. You will be guaranteed to build wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.


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