Eternal summer, beautiful bays, endless white sandy beaches, turquoise blue sea, salsa rhythms and memories of the Buena Vista Social Club - welcome to the beautiful island of Cuba!
With 110,000 km², Cuba is the largest island of the Greater Antilles between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Dream destinations like the Bahamas, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands are just a stone’s throw away. Cuba is a real tourism paradise: beautiful hilly landscapes in the central region and dreamlike Caribbean beaches on the coast, a rich flora and fauna, combined with picturesque cities, a fascinating (musical) culture and incredibly hospitable people with good foreign language skills form the ideal conditions for an unforgettable stay.
Already in the 1920s, Cuba was a popular destination for Americans who wanted to treat themselves with good drinks during prohibition ... However, that stopped with the beginning of the Cold War. After the end of the Soviet Union and the loss of its most important trading partner, an economic crisis occurred in the early 1990s. The tourism industry was then developed to replace the lost foreign trade. Tourism today is a main income in the economy of the socialist country and has become the most important source of income of foreign exchange.
Since 1999, several national parks have been established to protect the fragile ecosystems. There is a total of 18 protected nature reserves. Cuba's most famous national park, the Parque Nacional Alejandro de Humboldt, is located in the east of the provinces of Holguín and Guantánamo. The park protects terrestrial (68,890 ha) and marine (2,250 ha) ecosystems, such as the mangroves and its offshore reefs, the dry forests near the coast and the rain forests with the 1,168-meter-high summit "El Toldo". The national park was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in December 2001. Like most Central American countries, Cuba is worth visiting all year round. Both the dry and the rainy season have their advantages and in addition to dream beaches, Cuba is also a travel destination for culture fans, not to mention the delicious Cuban food.
Cuba is home to over 11 million people, around 10% of them with African roots and over 60% with European origins. The others are descendants of mixed ancestors. Cuba is the most populated island in the Caribbean. The colorful capital Havana is the largest city in the country with over 2 million inhabitants, followed by picturesque Santiago de Cuba with half a million inhabitants. The official language in Cuba is Spanish, but different dialects of African origin can be heard all over the island.
After just a few hours in this unique country, you will find the joy of life and happiness of the Cubans very contagious. They are warm and hospitable people and welcome every visitor with open arms.