Cuba is the largest island in the entire Caribbean Sea. It boasts magical old towns, amazing beaches, an abundant countryside, charming people and a historical heritage. The location of Cuba is exquisite as it is situated where the Caribbean Sea meets the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. It is located close to Puerto Rico, Florida, Jamaica, Cayman Islands and the Bahamas. The personality of this country is magnetic. Tourists who visit Puerto Rico or the Caribbean Islands love to travel to Cuba aboard their private yachts. Here is a list of things to see and do in Cuba.
Top Tourist Attractions in Cuba
- Old Havana: Cuba's capital and a UNESCO world heritage site, this old city has an urban setting with its top five plazas including Plaza de Armas, Plaza de San Francisco, Plaza Vieja, Plaza del Cristo and Plaza de la Catedral. It has numerous buildings made in baroque and neoclassical style. You can visit IglesiaCatedral de La Habana, Palacio del Segundo Cabo, Castillo de la Real Fuerza,Museo de la Ciudad, La Bodeguita del Medio, El Copitolio, Calle Obispo, Palacio de los CapitanesGenerales, and AntiguoConvento de San Francisco de Asís.
- Viñales Valley: Located near the western end of Cuba, this valley has a karst landscape with mountains and dome-like limestone outcrops. Situated 180km from Havana, Viñales Valley is called Garden of Cuba because it has red soil with green crops. The traditional growing and production methods used for tobacco in this valley are world-famous. Take a vintage car, stroll the streets, visit a plantation, eat homemade meals and enjoy its green beauty.
- Malecon: It is a broad esplanade facing the Havana coast of the Caribbean Sea. This quintessentially Cuban place is a favorite location for musicians, poets, fishers, travellers and tourists alike. The road to Malecon is open only to pedestrians, so people are free to walk and enjoy the sea breeze. Go to Malecon at the sunset and enjoy some dreamy moments with your loved ones. Also, see the monument made for the victims of the USS Maine, TribunaAntiimperialista, have a drink at any bar and stroll along 23rd Street.
- Castillo De Los Tres Reyes Del Morro: Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro is considered as the symbol of Havana. This emblematic lighthouse was built to protect the city of Havana from pirates and invaders. It is a classic example of Renaissance-period military architecture. El Morro also features a maritime museum for tourists.
- Plaza de la Catedral: It is the preserved and one of the oldest parts of Habana Vieja. It is the best example of Baroque architecture in Cuba. Some of the architectural qualities of the Cathedral include Seminario de San Carlos y San Ambrosio, Palacio de los Marqueses and Museo de Arte Colonial.
- Revolution Museum: It is the former Presidential Palace. This museum boasts exhibits from the revolutionary war of the 1950s. The museum has offices, administrative facilities, Hall of Mirrors, a Golden Hall, a chapel, a stable, a telephone plant and a power plant.
- Cayo Largo del Sur: This cay is surrounded by wonderful beaches and amazing flora and fauna. The island is well-known for its tranquillity, natural beauty, iguanas and birdlife such as hummingbirds and flamingos.
- Cienfuegos: Located on the west coast of the Bay of Pigs, this small town boasts culture, art, history, and beauty. It is called Pearl of the South as it surrounded by Bahia de Jagua.
- Trinidad: This UNESCO Heritage town has some iconic, colored buildings. To learn more about the unrivalled beauty of Trinidad, visit the Old Town, Playa Ancon, Disco Ayalu, Casa de la Musica and Holy Trinity Church.
- Che Guevara Mausoleum: Located in Santa Clara, this museum contains the remains of Ernesto Che Guevara, a history of Cuba and a statue.
Things to Do in Cuba
- Snorkeling: Cuba has amazing coral reefs and mangroves, which help the sea life to flourish. The best snorkeling spots in Cuba are Maria la Gorda, Caleta Buena, Playa Giron, Cayo Coco, Jibacoa, Cayo Guillermo and Holgui.
- Fishing: Top fishing destinations in Cuba are Jardines de la Reina, Cayo Coco, Cayo Cruz, Cayo Santa Maria, Cayo Romano, Cayo Guillermo, Cayo Largo del Sur, Varadero, El Salto de Hanabanilla, Isla de la Juventud, Cienaga de Zapata,Casilda, Jucaro, Tunas de Zaza and Zaza Reservoir. Fish popularly caught here are bass, achigan, barracuda, carp, liseta, snook and tarpon.
- Other activities: Swim at some of the best beaches in Cuba orenjoy a glass-bottom boat ride to explore the marine life of Cuba.
Best Beaches, Hotels and Restaurants
Best Beaches: While exploring Cuba, you will get to know that the country has grandiose architecture and cobbled streets and that the locals love jazz music. The actual jewel of Cuba is its timeless beauty – the beaches.
- Playa Paraiso: It is considered as a paradise and has been awarded the best beach in the world in 2016.
- Varadero Beach: Come here for a rejuvenating Cuban beach vacation experience. The white, sandy beach offers numerous water activities like sailing, fishing, snorkelling and boating.
- Playa Los Flamencos: This white sandy beach with turquoise waters is a paradise for beach lovers. It labelled under the Jardines del Rey group of islands.
- Cayo Guillermo or Playa Pilar: This beach is best known for flamingos. You can relax here, enjoy birdwatching, fish marlin, or partake in deep-sea adventures.
- Cayo Las Brujas: It is home to some affordable hotels. This 7-km long beach is not just a resort destination but a notorious fishing spot.
- Cayo Santa Maria: This beach is made of several small beaches and two cays - Cayo Las Brujas and CayoEnsenachos. We recommend our guests to relax here and soak in the magnificence of this beach.
- Cayo Largo del Sur: Also called Cayo Largo or Long cay, this beach is away from commercialism. It has an extremely laid-backenviroment and is much quieter than many of the other beaches listed.
- Other beaches: Other top beaches of Cuba include Playa Guardalavaca, Playa Ancon, Playa Larga, Playa Santa Lucia and Playa Los Cocos, Playa Coral, Pico Turquino, Peninsula de Zapata, Isla de la Juventud, Playa Levisa and Playa del Este among others.
Best Hotels: Cuba has been modernizing itself for tourism, the last few years. You will find some amazing luxury hotels and resorts in Cuba. Some of the best hotels in Cuba are Hotel Nacional, Iberostar Parque Central, Hotel Saratoga, Hotel Florida, Hotel Ambos Mundos, Hotel Raquel, Hotel Inglaterra, Hotel Los Frailes, Paradisus Princesa Del Mar Resort & Spa, Royalton Hicacos Varadero Resort & Spa, Melia Habana, Saratoga Hotel, Hotel Nacional de Cuba, Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa, Ocean Varadero El Patriarca, Melia Varadero and NH Capri La Habana.
Best Restaurants: The beautiful country of Cuba boasts creative infusions when it comes to cuisine. It has a diverse dining scene. From paladaresserving nouveau Cuban cuisine, hipster bars to fine dining in palatial old apartments, the food and bar scene in Cuba is flourishing. Some of the top restaurants where you can try Cuban dishes are La Guarida, Havana; Otramanera in Havana; Finca Paraiso Agroecologica in Viñales; El Cocinero in Havana; El Café in Havana; La Redaccion in Trinidad; Casa Miglis in Havana; O’Reilly 304 in Havana; Café Arcangel in Havana; Café Bohemia in Havana; Mediterráneo Havana; El Romero in Las Terrazas; Cafe Laurent in Havana; Restaurante Villa Lagarto in Cienfuegos; Paladar La Cuenca in Viñales; Restaurante Sol Y Son in Trinidad; Bistro Bar Atlantida in Varadero; El Chiquirrin in Matanzas; and St. Pauli in Santiago de Cuba, just to name a few.
The gorgeous Cuban beaches, tourist attractions, the famous Malecon and magnificent cays are waiting for you to explore them. At Yachts Puerto Rico Charters, we provide private yacht charters/yacht rentals/boat charters/boat rentals to vacationers planning to visit Cuba during their Puerto Rico holiday. Our diverse fleet of megayachts, superyachts, power yachts and sailing yachts are available for extended stay charters. Your charter will come with a highly trained crew to make your journey from Puerto Rico to Cuba wonderful and memorable. If you want to charter one of our vessels to Cuba, then we have a Puerto Rico based team who will welcome you warmly and meet all your needs. Get in touch with our team to discuss your itinerary to Cuba.