Top Ten Must See Places in Cuba:
1. The Malecón in Havana
The Malecón is a walkway/seawall that is about 5 miles long. You can sit on the seawall during sunset and watch the ocean waves while local’s fish and friends catch up with one another.
2. Hotel Nacional De Cuba in Havana
Walking into The Hotel Nacional De Cuba is like walking through time. The hotel has not changed since the 1920s and the Cuban government has done a great job with keeping it in beautiful condition. Outside the hotel has music, a beautiful view of the ocean, and peacocks roaming through the grounds.
3. Casa De la Musica in Trinidad and Havana
This beautiful dance hall is located in the old part of Trinidad, outside on the top of 500-year-old cobblestone steps. Live music plays from 7pm to midnight and people salsa dance while drinking the best mojito’s in Cuba.
4. El Cubano National Park in Trinidad
This National Park is only 5 km from Trinidad and walk-able if you are ambitious. The park costs $9 and has a river that flows down that you can swim in as you hike. There are several waterfalls that you can hike to and swim in.
5. The Cars in Cuba
This is not a place in Cuba it is all over Cuba. Due to the embargo restrictions between the United States and Cuba there has been no new American cars introduced since the 1950’s. Because of this there is an overabundance of 1950’s cars that roam the streets of Cuba and are mostly utilized as taxis.
6. Tobacco Fields in Viñales
Vinales is a small farming village that is surrounded by national parks and high mountains that frame the valley. 20 minutes from the city center there are several hikes that lead you to tobacco fields where you can get a private tour of a tobacco farm and a demonstration of how cigars are rolled. You can also take a horseback riding tour which includes a drink or snack in the middle of the national park.
7. Ancon Beach in Trinidad
Located 15 miles outside of Trinidad is Ancon Beach, which has pristine white sands and clear waters. Shaded by palm trees and umbrellas, the beach offers coconut loco drinks, beers, and water for a low cost.
8. Museum of the Revolution in Havana
Even though I never made it to the Museum of the Revolution I only heard great things from the people we met about how amazing it was. Wikipedia explains the museum to be “located in the Old Havana section of Havana, Cuba. The Museum is housed in what was the Presidential Palace of all Cuban presidents from Mario Carcia Menocal to Fulgencio Batista.”
9. Old Havana in Havana
Old Havana is home to multiple churches, art co-ops, and Plaza’s were only pedestrians are allowed to explore. Old Havana has cobblestone streets, beautiful architecture, and live music with dancing on every corner. It is truly a magical experience.
10. Cayo Blanco
Cayo Blanco is an island located right outside of Trinidad. This private island is home to iguanas and hermit crabs. Right off shore coral reefs sit with tropical fish and jellyfish. This island not only has snorkeling but an amazing restaurant that has the best Paella.