Vintage illustrated map of Cuba with insets and legends.

Western Cuba

Cuba’s western region is where the heartbeat of the country is most palpable. Here, Havana buzzes with life, encapsulating the essence of Cuba’s history, culture, and rhythm.

Havana: The Heart of Cuba

Havana is more than just Cuba’s capital; it’s a mosaic of architectural styles, from Spanish colonial to Art Deco. Stroll through Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped onto a movie set – only the bustling street life is very real. Don’t miss the Malecón, Havana’s iconic seaside boulevard, perfect for people-watching and sunset strolls.

Viñales Valley: Nature’s Masterpiece

Viñales Valley is a stark contrast to Havana’s urban energy. This UNESCO-listed site is a breathtaking landscape of mogotes (karst formations) and lush tobacco fields. It’s the place to learn about Cuba’s world-renowned cigars and to hike or horseback ride through stunning scenery.

Pinar del Río: The Tobacco Haven

The province of Pinar del Río is synonymous with the finest Cuban cigars. Visit a tobacco farm, see how cigars are hand-rolled, and maybe even try one. The region’s natural beauty extends to Viñales National Park, a paradise for nature lovers.

Isle of Youth: A Diver’s Delight

The Isle of Youth is a dream destination for divers. Its clear waters and abundant marine life make it one of the best diving spots in Cuba.

Colorful artistic portrayal of vibrant Cuban culture and landmarks.

Central Cuba

Central Cuba is a region of intriguing cities, revolutionary history, and some of the island’s best beaches.

Cienfuegos: The Pearl of the South

Cienfuegos, known as the “Pearl of the South,” is a slice of Paris in the Caribbean. Its French colonial heritage is evident in the elegant architecture. The city’s laid-back charm and nautical feel make it a must-visit.

Trinidad: A Step Back in Time

Time stands still in Trinidad, a well-preserved colonial town. With its cobblestone streets and pastel-colored houses, Trinidad is a photographer’s dream. The nearby Playa Ancón offers pristine beaches for those looking to relax.

Santa Clara: The City of Che

Santa Clara is steeped in revolutionary history. It’s home to the Che Guevara Mausoleum, a site of pilgrimage for many. The city has a vibrant cultural scene, reflecting the revolutionary spirit in its art and music.

Cienaga de Zapata: A Natural Wonder

Cienaga de Zapata is a vast wetland area with incredible biodiversity. It’s a prime spot for birdwatching and exploring unspoiled nature.

Tropical landscapes with beaches, vintage cars, and architecture.

The Oriente

The Oriente, or eastern Cuba, is a region of raw beauty, revolutionary history, and vibrant musical traditions.

Santiago de Cuba: The Cradle of the Revolution

Santiago de Cuba, the island’s second city, is known for its Afro-Cuban culture and as the birthplace of the Cuban Revolution. The city’s historical significance is matched only by its lively music scene – this is the place to experience authentic Cuban son music.

Baracoa: Where Columbus Landed

Baracoa, Cuba’s oldest city, is where Christopher Columbus first landed. Surrounded by rainforests and mountains, it’s a unique blend of natural beauty and historical intrigue. Try the local chocolate – it’s some of the best in Cuba.

Guantánamo: Beyond the Naval Base

Guantánamo is often overshadowed by its infamous naval base. However, the province itself is a beautiful area with a rich cultural mix, reflecting its Afro-Cuban and Haitian influences.

Holguín: Land of Hills and Beaches

Holguín, known for its stunning natural landscapes, offers hilltop views and some of Cuba’s most beautiful beaches. Guardalavaca Beach is a standout, with crystal-clear waters and soft sand.

The Cayos

The Cayos, a series of small islands off Cuba’s northern coast, are the epitome of Caribbean paradise.

Cayo Coco: A Beach Lover’s Dream

Cayo Coco is famed for its luxurious resorts and idyllic beaches. It’s a haven for water sports enthusiasts and those seeking a tranquil escape.

Cayo Santa María: Secluded Serenity

Cayo Santa María is the perfect spot for a secluded getaway. With powdery beaches and turquoise waters, it’s a slice of paradise. The island is also a great place for bird watching.

Cayo Guillermo: The Adventurer’s Escape

Cayo Guillermo offers not just stunning beaches but also excellent opportunities for kitesurfing and deep-sea fishing. It’s a more adventurous choice within the Cayos.

About the author

At the helm of Remote Expeditions, Tristan adeptly combines exploration, photography, tour design, web development, and tour leadership, encapsulating the essence of a versatile travel entrepreneur. His mission is to offer a limited number of high-quality tours each year, ensuring an unparalleled travel experience steering clear of mass tourism. He aims to guide you towards the true essence of each destination, facilitating a deep connection with both nature and yourself.