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Key Regions in Cuba
This region is dominated by the towering Sierra Maestra mountains and Santiago de Cuba, a city rich in character and strongly associated with Cuba’s struggles for independence. Further north lies the beautiful low key resort of Guardalavaca, characterised by undulating hills, peaceful lagoons and quiet, undeveloped white beaches.
Easily accessible to the west of Havana by pre-booked car or transfer, Pinar del Rio and especially the famous Vinales Valley, possess some of Cuba’s most dramatic landscapes in the world’s best tobacco growing region. It is also home to rare endemic species of flora and fauna, much of it in UNESCO nature reserves.
The ‘soul of Cuba’, as the central region is often called, is characterised by rolling landscapes, typical thatched huts (bohios), ox-drawn ploughs, dramatic mountains and picturesque colonial towns. The best known of these is Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage site boasting many stunning examples of preserved colonial architecture.
Popular Resorts in Cuba
Havana is one of the most fascinating cities in the world and we strongly recommend a few days’ stay to explore the exquisite Spanish architecture, narrow cobbled streets, the dramatic Revolution Square, Museum of the Revolution and of course the famous mural of Che Guevara.
Varadero is located on the 18 kilometre peninsula of Punta Hicacos and is famous for its virtually uninterrupted stretch of white sandy beaches which shelve gently into the sea. With a wide choice of hotels, Varadero is an excellent beach destination that can cater for both the most relaxed and the more energetic visitor.
Jardines del Rey is a collection of archipelagoes consisting of around 400 small keys which can be accessed by air or a causeway from the mainland. Visitors are attracted by their stunning beaches, peaceful isolation and abundant birdlife, particularly flamingos.
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A wonderfully diverse region, the ‘Oriente’ province of Cuba is dominated by the towering mountain range of the Sierra Maestra, which swoops down to the Caribbean shore and its unspoilt natural beaches.
The ‘soul of Cuba’, as this central region is often called, is accessed via a good six lane motorway running along the backbone of the island to just beyond Sancti Spiritus.
Western Cuba possesses some of the most spectacular natural landscapes in the world, and is characterised by rolling tropical countryside, fertile valleys, limestone caverns and underground rivers.