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Between rolling mountains and dazzling shores, fine cigars and vintage cars, Cuba captivates visitors with its abundant tropical pleasures and cultural treasures. White-sand beaches entice sun worshippers by day, and clubs pulsing with Afro-Cuban jazz own the night. In Havana, locals debate baseball on street corners shaded by royal palms and neo-classical buildings while Studebakers whiz past. In the colonial town of Trinidad, villagers gather in plazas lit by wrought-iron lamps, and in the countryside, tobacco fields tended by guajiros (farmers) spread across the Viñales Valley.

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Havana

In this historic seaport, long known as the Key to the New World, classic American cars clatter along streets lined with Spanish architecture...

Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba celebrated 500 years of history in 2015 with its own unique panache. The city has played an important role in Cuban development...

Varadero

Depending on your travel tastes, Varadero could be a tropical, care-free paradise or mass tourist inferno. It's Cuba's most popular tourist...

Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos is an attractive, laid-back port city of 110,000 that overlooks a deep bay of the same name. Keep your disappointment in check as...

Trinidad

Trinidad has weathered five centuries with barely a wrinkle. Its enchanting cobblestone streets are lined with houses that have brightly painted...

Camaguey

Cuba's third-largest city (population 315,000) and the capital of the country's biggest province, Camagüey (pronounced cah-mah- gway ) is a...

Matanzas

Matanzas, which means "killings," takes its unfortunate name from the slaughter in 1510 of survivors of a Spanish shipwreck by an indigenous...

Baracoa

Cuba's first Spanish settlement was founded in 1512 by Diego Velázquez, who went on to settle six other cities. Today Baracoa is one of the...

Guardalavaca

The northern coast of Holguín Province has some of Eastern Cuba's finest beaches, with Guardalavaca the most famous of these. Its biggest draws...

Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo

These two green islands, set in the turquoise sea some 27 km (16 miles) north of the mainland, have more than a dozen white-sand beaches, twice...

Sancti Spiritus

The provincial capital of Sancti Spíritus is a lesser Trinidad—its historic center is much smaller, and it also receives a mere fraction of...

Parque Baconao

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Santa Clara

The capital of Villa Clara Province is a pleasant city of 200,000, with a busy center where cobbled streets are lined with historic buildings...

Peninsula de Zapata

Home to the country's—and the Caribbean's—largest wetland, the Península de Zapata is world-renowned for superb bird-watching and fly-fishing...

Playa Santa Lucia

Originally a simple fishing and salt-collecting village east of the Bahía de Nuevitas, Santa Lucía has been attracting tourists—mostly Germans...

Bayamo

Bayamo, the capital of Granma Province, descends from one of Spain's first seven villas: the 1513 settlement of Villa de San Salvador de Bayamo...

Valle de Viñales

The valley is justly ranked among Cuba's most beautiful landscapes, an expanse of lush green studded with the famous mogotes —freestanding...

Holguin

If you've made it as far as Holguín (pronounced ohl-GHEEN ), Cuba's fourth-largest city, you're probably headed for the beach resorts at...

Ciego de Ávila

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Soroa and Las Terrazas

Known for its exquisite orchid and botanical garden and its 22.5-meter (75-feet) waterfall, El Salto, Soroa has been dubbed "El Arco de Cuba...

Pinar del Rio

Named for the stands of pine trees that once shaded the banks of the Río Guamá, Pinar del Río has been Cuba's tobacco city since its first land...

Peninsula de Ancon

The beaches that line the southern edge of this narrow peninsula, which curves eastward into the Caribbean, are two of the best in the province...

Remedios

San Juan de Remedios is one of Cuba's oldest towns. Founded in 1515 on the northern coast, it was moved inland to its current location in 1524...

Cayo Largo

If a carefree, quiet beach vacation is what you're looking for, secluded Cayo Largo, encircled by a coral reef, is ideal. Add in 20 km (13 miles...

Moron

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Manzanillo

The charming, cheerful port of Manzanillo stretches 3 km (2 miles) along the Bahía de Guacanayabo. It has a beautiful historic district whose...

Playa Giron

A popular destination for diving and snorkeling, this beach town is famously known as the site of the Bay of Pigs invasion. On April 17, 1961...

Cardenas

This once-elegant town, modeled after Charleston, SC, was founded in 1828 as a sugar-exporting port with a neat grid of streets lined with...

Topes de Collantes

High in the Sierra de Escambray, at the end of a road that winds its way north from Trinidad, this sylvan enclave has long been a health retreat...

Parque Nacional Turquino

The Sierra Maestra was the base of Fidel Castro's rebel army, and a tour through its dramatic terrain makes it clear why the revolutionaries...

Guajimico

The tiny agricultural community of Guajimico has little to offer in and of itself, but it sits in a wild area halfway between Cienfuegos and...

Maria la Gorda

Three hours west of Pinar del Río, over a bumpy road, you reach this world-renowned pristine beach and dive site, on the Bahía de Corrientes...

El Valle de los Ingenios

Just east of Trinidad, the road winds its way through the verdant Valley of the Sugar Mills, where Trinidad's colonial fortunes were made. ...

Chivirico

West of Santiago lies Chivirico, a little beach town with a decent all-inclusive resort that operates as two adjoining hotels. The beaches here...

Guantanamo

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Isla de la Juventud

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San Juan y Martinez

The finest-quality tobacco leaves come from Vuelta Abajo—the region southwest of Pinar del Río city—thanks to a combination of abundant rainfall...

Yara

...

Cayo Las Brujas

A pedraplén (causeway) traverses the shallow waters of Bahía Buena Vista (Buena Vista Bay) from the mainland to Cayo Las Brujas and beyond...

Cayo Levisa

The Archipiélago de los Colorados runs west along Cuba's northern coast, beginning at Cayo Paraíso, a famous haunt of Hemingway who moored his...

Havana

In this historic seaport, long known as the Key to the New World, classic American cars clatter along streets lined with Spanish architecture...

Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba celebrated 500 years of history in 2015 with its own unique panache. The city has played an important role in Cuban development...

Varadero

Depending on your travel tastes, Varadero could be a tropical, care-free paradise or mass tourist inferno. It's Cuba's most popular tourist...

Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos is an attractive, laid-back port city of 110,000 that overlooks a deep bay of the same name. Keep your disappointment in check as...

Trinidad

Trinidad has weathered five centuries with barely a wrinkle. Its enchanting cobblestone streets are lined with houses that have brightly painted...

Camaguey

Cuba's third-largest city (population 315,000) and the capital of the country's biggest province, Camagüey (pronounced cah-mah- gway ) is a...

Matanzas

Matanzas, which means "killings," takes its unfortunate name from the slaughter in 1510 of survivors of a Spanish shipwreck by an indigenous...

Baracoa

Cuba's first Spanish settlement was founded in 1512 by Diego Velázquez, who went on to settle six other cities. Today Baracoa is one of the...

Guardalavaca

The northern coast of Holguín Province has some of Eastern Cuba's finest beaches, with Guardalavaca the most famous of these. Its biggest draws...

Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo

These two green islands, set in the turquoise sea some 27 km (16 miles) north of the mainland, have more than a dozen white-sand beaches, twice...

Sancti Spiritus

The provincial capital of Sancti Spíritus is a lesser Trinidad—its historic center is much smaller, and it also receives a mere fraction of...

Peninsula de Zapata

Home to the country's—and the Caribbean's—largest wetland, the Península de Zapata is world-renowned for superb bird-watching and fly-fishing...

Santa Clara

The capital of Villa Clara Province is a pleasant city of 200,000, with a busy center where cobbled streets are lined with historic buildings...

Playa Santa Lucia

Originally a simple fishing and salt-collecting village east of the Bahía de Nuevitas, Santa Lucía has been attracting tourists—mostly Germans...

Bayamo

Bayamo, the capital of Granma Province, descends from one of Spain's first seven villas: the 1513 settlement of Villa de San Salvador de Bayamo...

Valle de Viñales

The valley is justly ranked among Cuba's most beautiful landscapes, an expanse of lush green studded with the famous mogotes —freestanding...

Holguin

If you've made it as far as Holguín (pronounced ohl-GHEEN ), Cuba's fourth-largest city, you're probably headed for the beach resorts at...

Ciego de Ávila

...

Pinar del Rio

Named for the stands of pine trees that once shaded the banks of the Río Guamá, Pinar del Río has been Cuba's tobacco city since its first land...

Soroa and Las Terrazas

Known for its exquisite orchid and botanical garden and its 22.5-meter (75-feet) waterfall, El Salto, Soroa has been dubbed "El Arco de Cuba...

Peninsula de Ancon

The beaches that line the southern edge of this narrow peninsula, which curves eastward into the Caribbean, are two of the best in the province...

Remedios

San Juan de Remedios is one of Cuba's oldest towns. Founded in 1515 on the northern coast, it was moved inland to its current location in 1524...

Playa Giron

A popular destination for diving and snorkeling, this beach town is famously known as the site of the Bay of Pigs invasion. On April 17, 1961...

Moron

...

Manzanillo

The charming, cheerful port of Manzanillo stretches 3 km (2 miles) along the Bahía de Guacanayabo. It has a beautiful historic district whose...

Cayo Largo

If a carefree, quiet beach vacation is what you're looking for, secluded Cayo Largo, encircled by a coral reef, is ideal. Add in 20 km (13 miles...

Cardenas

This once-elegant town, modeled after Charleston, SC, was founded in 1828 as a sugar-exporting port with a neat grid of streets lined with...

Maria la Gorda

Three hours west of Pinar del Río, over a bumpy road, you reach this world-renowned pristine beach and dive site, on the Bahía de Corrientes...

Topes de Collantes

High in the Sierra de Escambray, at the end of a road that winds its way north from Trinidad, this sylvan enclave has long been a health retreat...

Guajimico

The tiny agricultural community of Guajimico has little to offer in and of itself, but it sits in a wild area halfway between Cienfuegos and...

El Valle de los Ingenios

Just east of Trinidad, the road winds its way through the verdant Valley of the Sugar Mills, where Trinidad's colonial fortunes were made. ...

Guantanamo

...

Chivirico

West of Santiago lies Chivirico, a little beach town with a decent all-inclusive resort that operates as two adjoining hotels. The beaches here...

San Juan y Martinez

The finest-quality tobacco leaves come from Vuelta Abajo—the region southwest of Pinar del Río city—thanks to a combination of abundant rainfall...

Yara

...

Cayo Las Brujas

A pedraplén (causeway) traverses the shallow waters of Bahía Buena Vista (Buena Vista Bay) from the mainland to Cayo Las Brujas and beyond...

Cayo Levisa

The Archipiélago de los Colorados runs west along Cuba's northern coast, beginning at Cayo Paraíso, a famous haunt of Hemingway who moored his...

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