One of the many islands claimed by Christopher Columbus for the Kingdom of Spain the in the 1400’s, Cuba is the main island of the archipelago country but it also includes the Isle of Youth, Cayo Largo and 4,195 islets. The mountainous inland territory is complimented by powder white beaches that run along the coastline and attract tourist in search of an array of activities during the day and the lively nightlife enhanced by heavy cigar smoke and scents of rum found in the streets of the capital, Havana.
The country has produced world renowned figures in politics, sport, literature and culture and hosts international festivals for Jazz and Ballet every year. Around the world Latino dancing is celebrated in the cha cha and mambo all of which originate on the island of Cuba and can be seen danced in their raw state in cafes and clubs.
Still a socialist state, Cuba has one of the world’s leading healthcare systems and the Spanish speaking Criollos and the Morenos from African descent enjoy this free service as well as an average annual temperature of 81°F (27°C).
It is not unusual, in a country with a strange amount of sports stars, to find that tourists take part in the festivities that center around these activities. Baseball games are the highlight of sporting events to attend. The nightlife in Havana is at its best in the Vedado district and if you time your visit correctly, you can catch the carnival type procession along the pathway that hugs the beach (the Malecon) but after rum tasting and mambo it might be a good idea to spend the days on horseback getting up close to the lush vegetation and birdlife for which Cuba is famous for.
History buffs can enjoy the museum of Santa Clara where the body of Che Guevara is buried or the Museum of the Revolution to get the full context of how modern Cuba came to be.
The main airport is located just outside Havana and is easily accessible using a direct flight from Canada, Europe and Mexico. There are flights from Tampa and Miami in the US daily, with specific licensed operators, and there are also chartered flights directly to some resorts which may be less expensive. Viazul is a bus service that is most often used to travel around once you have arrived.
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