Ready to Visit Cuba?

The beautiful island of Cuba lies just 90 miles off the southern tip of Florida, yet seems like such a far off land due to a volatile history with the U.S. It is the largest island in the Caribbean, and is located in the northern Caribbean where the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean meet. It is south of Florida and the Bahamas, west of Haiti and north of Jamaica. A large Caribbean island nation under communist rule, Cuba is known for its white-sand beaches, rolling mountains, cigars and rum.  Havana, its beautiful and dynamic capital city, is home to Spanish colonial architecture. The soul of Havana can be seen in the Salsa moves of the Cuban people in many of the city’s dance clubs, and cabaret shows can be enjoyed at the world famous Tropicana.

Culturally, Cuba is considered part of Latin America, and is a multiethnic country whose people, culture and customs derive from diverse origins, including the aboriginal Taíno and Ciboney peoples, as well as African and Spanish descendants. Cuba is frozen in time with deep-rooted culture and a touch of Western influence. As of 2015, travel from the U.S is no longer impossible.  Now is a special time in history to visit and experience the once inaccessible Cuba.

There is no better time than now for travelers wanting to experience Cuba.  People-to-People travel is an initiative allowing U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba on a limited basis to participate in cultural experiences while enjoying direct contact with the Cuban people to learn more about them and their culture. A phenomenal educational experience, people-to-people activities focus on educational and cultural exchange as you meet Cuban small business owners, lawyers, company executives, farmers, volunteers, scientists and more.

In addition to meeting the beautiful people for Cuba and learning their diverse cultures, you can also enjoy their amazing food.  Cuban cuisine is a fusion of Spanish and Caribbean cuisines. The traditional Cuban meal is not served in courses; and is instead served family style. The typical meal could consist of plantains (fried sweet or green), black beans and rice, ropa vieja (shredded beef), pork and onions, a wide array of tropical fruits, and Cuban bread. Black beans and rice (Moros), and plantains are regularly served in Cuban diet. Meat dishes are slow cooked in delicious sauces consisting of garlic, cumin, oregano, and bay leaves. Ready to visit Cuba?  Here are some beautiful places to see:

Old Havana

Old Havana is the downtown and one of the 15 districts of Havana, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Cathedral of Saint Christopher of Havana

The cathedral’s Baroque facade is intimate and impressive, and one of the two towers is noticeably larger, creating a pleasing asymmetry

The Vinales Valley

The most amazing part of the Pinar del Rio province, The Vinales Valley is located about 124 miles west of Havana. The Vuelta Abajo region is known for farming of the best tobacco in the world. The location and countryside is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

The Che Guevara Mausoleum

The Che Guevara Mausoleum (Mausoleo Che Guevara) is a memorial in Santa Clara, Cuba. It houses the remains of executed Marxist revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara and sixteen of his fellow combatants killed in 1967 during Guevara’s attempt to spur an armed uprising in Bolivia.

Cayo Coco beach

Cayo Coco beach is one of the most amazing places in Cuba, and boasts an amazing view. It is located in the north area of Ciego de Ávila province and can be visited by air or sea.

Cienfuegos

It is Located in the South coast of the central region of Cuba, with its capital bearing the same name. The city showcases a very cosmopolitan culture.

Morro Castle Fortress

The renowned Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca or Castillo de El Morro is among the most gorgeous places in the city of Santiago de Cuba.

Valley of the Sugar Mills

The Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills) is located in the south-central Cuban city of Trinidad. The entire area is 104 square mile area and includes three valleys (San Luis, Santa Rosa and Meyer). It is also the birthplace of the Cuban sugar industry in the 18th century.

Hopefully the information we provided above regarding popular tourist attractions in Cuba has been insightful to you. Need help booking your Cuba trip?  Not sure where to start?  Elite Travel Team has been there!  Let us help you book your People-to-People travel. We go above and beyond to help you plan your most memorable vacation experiences.  Contact us today at info@EliteTravelTeam.com or call toll free 866-218-9188.  You can also book online at www.EliteTravelTeam.com.  We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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