10 Top things to do in Cuba to discover its turbulent past

Time-tested but a survivor, traditional yet showcasing every sign of modern philosophy, turbulently historical but at the same time a fun place to be- Cuba is a little country of big magic. This also means that from amusement to historical tours, there are plenty of things to do in Cuba. As a country, Cuba is a set of Isla de la Juventud, the island of Cuba, and some other small archipelagos in the Caribbean. The cities of Cuba like Trinidad, Havana, or Remedios are dotted with a number of attractions that will introduce you to the rich culture, heritage, architecture, and of course its mind-boggling salsa music and Cuban Cigars. So, while you plan to tour this one-of-a-kind country, it’s time to check some of the best places to visit in Cuba and activities to do!

1. Walk along the heritage buildings of Old Havana

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Cobbled streets, vintage cars, vibrant architecture restored skillfully, historical museums and forts- that’s what Old Havana is known for. Whether it is Catedral de San Cristobal, Plaza Vieja, or Castillo de la Real Fuerza, Old Havana will give you a glimpse of Cuba’s glorious past. You can best explore this on foot while tasting the delicacy of Havana.

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2. Go beach hopping and sporting in Trinidad de Cuba

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If you are always seeking the adrenaline rush in each of trip and looking for some active things to do in Cuba, indulge in the watersports offered by the Trinidad beaches. These beaches are known for their calm waters throughout the year and provide opportunities for scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, boating, and sailing. 

3. Visit Che Guevara Mausoleum

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Love him or hate him, Che Guevara is, indeed, the most powerful and most significant figure in the entire Cuban history, and this is why Che Guevara Mausoleum is one of the Cuba top attractions. Located in Santa Clara, this museum houses the remains of Che Guevara, the man responsible for the Cuban Revolution. Visit this museum and you will learn more fascinating facts about him.

4. Explore the Cuban art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

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Touring the museums and art galleries is one of the best Cuban activities as it will make you familiar with the history and culture of Cuba within a short period. Known as the most marvelous art gallery in the Caribbean, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes is home to an extensive collection of Cuban art. While the exteriors of the old palace it is located in gives an impressive look, the art collection inside also makes it eclectic. 

5. Step back in time at Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca

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Overlooking the Caribbean Bay, Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca is a 17th-century fort perched on a rocky promontory, just 6 miles to the southwest of the city center. Regarded as the best-preserved architecture from the American-Spanish military history, Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca is home to a pirate museum and offers cannon firing shows every day. 

6. Hike to the waterfalls at Topes de Collantes

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Topes de Collantes is where you can escape the urban atmosphere of Cuba and find solace in the lap of nature. Hiking to the picturesque waterfalls of Topes de Collantes is one of the perfect adventurous things to do in Cuba. This nature reserve park is surrounded by the Escambray Mountains and is home to a number of waterfalls and pools that make it look magical.

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7. Dance the night away at Tropicana Club Cabaret

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Wondering what to do in Cuba at night? Well, come to Tropicana Club Cabaret and you will have the best entertainment. The nightlife in Cuba is dominated by its Cabaret shows and Tropicana is the best place to be for the same. The lush tropical garden of 6 acres where the club is located makes it even more charming. 

8. Spend a peaceful time at Colon Cemetery

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It is surprising how a cemetery can be one of the most popular tourist attractions of a country? But when it is marvelously sculpted and designed like the Colon Cemetery, it surely can. Named after Christopher Columbus, Colon Cemetery is not only a graveyard of famous personalities but also a reflection of Cuba’s social and political turmoil. 

9. Visit the tobacco farms of Viñales Valley

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Is Cuba fun? Indeed, as it offers you something that no other place can. Sprawling over an area of 132 square meters, Vinales Valley houses most of the Cuban tobacco farms out which the world-famous Cuban cigars are made. While its dramatic landscapes marked by lush outcrops and mountains look spectacular, you can also attend some Cuban cultural activities at Vinales Valley. 

10. Learn about the Cuban Revolution at the Museum of the Revolution

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Located in what used to a Presidential Palace of Cuba, the Museum of the Revolution tells the storm-tossed and interesting history of Cuba. As the name suggests, the museum is dedicated to the Cuban Revolution and as you walk through its galleries, you will find the chronological stories of the events before, during, and after the Cuban Revolution. 

From the idyllic beach landscapes to architectural gems, Cuba has something for every kind of traveler. Come to Cuba and be a part of its unique culture!

 

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After five years of her teaching career, Shraddhanvita decided to make 'travel' her passion. For her 'a rolling stone does gather moss' ...

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