Rich in history, diversity, and vacation hot spots, Cuba is a great place to explore the world and relax with friends and family. The country has many attractions such as the Valley de Los Ingenios, Palacio Brunet, and Plaza Vieja. Fortunately, with the newly relaxed travel ban, Cuba is now more accessible to Americans, US travelers can spend money more freely when in the country, and the categories for approved travel have been expanded. With these new freedoms, travel packages have become available to accommodate US tourists.
Popular destinations are Havana and Trinidad because of their history, atmosphere, and beauty. With four plazas, many different restaurants, and bars, Havana is one of the country’s most popular cities and was founded in 1514. Havana once had the largest port in the region and its original walls still stand. You will also find Revolution Square, Colon Cemetery, and Las Terrazas de Cojimar. In Old Havana, one of the most popular parts of the city, is a blend of neoclassical and Baroque sites such as La Plaza de Armas and Catedral de San Cristóbal.
Trinidad, located in the central province of Sancti Spíritus, was founded in the early 16th century in honor of the holy trinity. The city was also a launching point for the conquest to the American continent. Many of its buildings such as the Palacio Brunet were built during the 18th and 19th centuries during the height of the city’s sugar trade. Popular attractions are the Che Guavara Memorial, Tren Blindado, Iznaga Tower, and El Malecon. Many Americans know this city through the works of Ernest Hemingway who wrote about the fisherman’s bar, Las Terrazas de Cojimar, in The Old Man and The Sea.
Last but not least, travelers often visit two of the most popular beaches in the world: Varadero and Santa Clara. Varadero was once frequented by Al Capone and has always been appealing to those with Champagne tastes. There you will find not only powdery beaches and beautiful blue water but also mansions turned into museums. This town is also a great place to explore the outdoors because of its many caves and forests. Santa Clara is also known for its powdery beaches and clear blue water but there you will also find Spanish architecture from the country’s colonial period. Both destinations are world renowned and should definitely be on anyone’s itinerary.
As Cuba and the US continue to warm relations, travel to Cuba will become even easier and popular. Many airlines like JetBlue and US Airways already have flights from Orlando, Miami, Tampa, and New York to Cuba. If you haven’t been on a vacation in a while then Cuba would be a great place to relax, sightsee, and rejuvenate your spirit. There are many more attractions and the experience will be life changing. Get out there and take advantage of this new opportunity to visit this absolutely wonderful place.