On October 27, 1492 Christopher Columbus said “is the most beautiful land that human eyes have seen”. It is located at the gates of the Gulf of Mexico, between the two Americas, rather than an island is an archipelago of a mild climate and excellent natural qualities, it is distinguished by its landscapes, its plains and mountains displaying the colorful of the tropical and Caribbean.
Considered the Greater Antilles is today with its 14 provinces and one special municipality one of the most interesting destinations, its beautiful beaches of fine coral sand is one of the greatest treasures of nature that lavishes the island. Each province has a special charm offering a number of tourism possibilities, pure, natural charms, its music, its food, its famous rum, diversity of races, their classic cars stopped in time and its great culture make Cuba a country extremely interesting.
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Top 10 reasons to visit cuba
For those who enjoy architecture, Cuba offers a unique opportunity to discover a blast from the past. Have your camera ready as you are exploring because picturesque cars from the 1950Âs can still be found on the road today as you are strolling by and admiring the beautiful colonial architecture on just about every corner.
Cuba is a country with a privileged coastline of 3,570 miles (5,746 km). The paradisiacal beaches washed by the Caribbean Sea in the South and the Atlantic Ocean and its huge coral reef in the North make Cuba a paradise that is considered among the 25 most popular and important beach destinations in the world.
Cuba has the most important natural habitats in the Caribbean because of its biodiversity, numbers of endemic species, and conservation. Cuba shelters 4% of the world's terrestrial species, including 6,700 different plants, 14,000 invertebrate species, and 650 vertebrates. Cuba is also known for its rare varieties of orchids scattered across its lush tropical forests, as well as for its prehistoric cactus in the arid southeast, estuaries bordered by mangroves, and one of the most extensive coral reef systems.
The music of Cuba relies heavily on its European and African cultural backgrounds. The arrival of thousands of African slaves to the island over the course of three hundred years resulted in a variety of new musical forms. The country's distinctive and world famous music owes its melodic rhythm to the fusion of both African and Spanish heritage. Even to this day, the cheerful and energetic Cuban cadence continues to exert a significant influence on the musical styles around the world.
5. Its people
In Spanish a Cuban's way of speaking is very distinct. For example, instead of addressing someone in Spanish as "my brother", they say, hey my brother, which speaks volumes of their unity. Cubans are hard workers; they are very resourceful, witty, friendly, and loyal. Cubans are known for their enduring spirit under difficult times. They rely heavily on education and like to study hard. Cubans bear rhythm in their blood and are romantic by nature; this would explain why they were the originators of the famous dance, danzon.
Cuba offers fine golden sand beaches and areas filled with pure nature. Diving, snorkeling, yacht rides, and a great number of attractions make Cuba the ideal place to relax and enjoy a good time.
7. Paladar and food
Paladar is a term used exclusively in Cuba referring to privately owned small restaurants. Their food is a fusion of the Taino customs, Spanish, African, and Caribbean cuisines. Cuban recipes share the wisdom of combining spices and techniques inherited by the Taino natives with the traditional Spanish and African cooking, and mixed with some Caribbean influence in spices and flavors.
Cabaret Tropicana and Parisién in Havana are places you cannot miss. Music is playing just about everywhere. The famous Bodeguita del Medio and Floridita are the best known bars due to the personalities that have patronized, such as the famous American writer Ernest Hemingway. Countless nightclubs can be found all over the place.
Throughout history the Cuban rum has been recognized worldwide for its superb quality. The long tradition of natural aging in oak casks, sugar cane of prime quality, and the Caribbean climate greatly contribute to unique flavor of the popular Cuban rum. This unique combination results in a rum with intense and unique flavor.
Cuba has an average temperature of 77 °F (25 °C) and 79% relative humidity. Rainfall mainly benefits the western region, where the greatest tobacco plantations are located. In addition, the rich and fertile soil greatly contributes to the success of the Cuban cigar.