Make these attractions a part of your travel itinerary during a Cuba cruise.
Just a few years ago, Cuba was not open to Americans even though it is merely 90 miles from the mainland. However, things have changed and now Americans can easily visit Cuba without attracting the wrath of the government. This beautiful island nation in the Caribbean has everything that a cruise traveler would need to enjoy memorable shore excursions.
|1. Get Awed by the Havana Community Art Project|
|2. Visit Revolution Square|
|3. Relax at Cuba’s Beaches|
|4. Look Beyond Havana|
|5. Learn About Cuban Cigars|
|6. Appreciate Art at the National Museum of Fine Arts|
|7. Explore Morro Castle|
|8. Visit the Home of Ernest Hemingway|
|9. Tap Your Toes to Cuban Music|
There are two neighborhoods in Havana where the local communities have transformed the buildings. Fusterlandia is a popular cruise excursion destination where visitors get taken aback by the vibrantly colored buildings that have murals painted all over the façade. The other neighborhood is Muraleando Collective, where you will even get an opportunity to meet the local artists and listen to live, toe-tapping music.
Havana is like a city that time forgot. You will feel as though you are in the 1950s when you stroll around the city. Be sure to check out Revolution Square, which is massive, and do walk around the streets in the vicinity to check out vintage American cars lining the streets. It will be a treat for your eyes and senses.
Cuba is not a crowded country and this is clearly demonstrated at the beaches. The pristine beaches are not crowded and the white sands beckon visitors to come and relax. The turquoise water is great for swimming and snorkeling.
While Havana is a vibrant and colorful city, leave the city and head out to Las Terrazas. It is a UNESCO-recognized biosphere located in a valley that has been reforested. You will love communing with nature. Visit San Juan River and go for a swim. Or, you can visit a coffee plantation to see how the world-famous Cuban coffee is made. If you are an art lover, make time to visit studios of artists as well.
You can visit a Cuban cigar factory and find out the history of this famous cigar. Once you see how the cigars are hand-rolled, you will appreciate the work that goes into making these cigars. In case you are looking for a different experience, spend time at a privately owned restaurant. Here, you will be introduced to Cuban coffee, learn how sugar cane is converted into rum and also try your hand at cigar rolling. It will be an experience you will cherish forever in your life.
If you love art and want to learn a bit more about Cuba’s culture, spend time at the National Museum of Fine Arts. The museum has a huge collection from different time periods and offers an insight into Cuban culture. It is also a great way to get away from the heat outside!
Morro Castle is a former military complex built by the Spanish. It is fun to walk along the fortified walls of the castle. You can also visit the museum housed in the castle. Be sure to carry your camera along as you will be able to click some spectacular pictures of downtown Havana. The sights are mesmerizing.
The famous American author, Ernest Hemingway, spent time in Havana. His home in San Francisco de Paula and Cojimar, which is a bustling fishing village, was the setting for the novel, The Old Man and the Sea. The novel was published in 1952 and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1953 in the fiction category.
Coming on a cruise to Cuba and giving Cuban music a miss will make your cruise vacation incomplete. Cuban music has roots in West Africa and Spain and has evolved with time. Just follow the beat and you will be able to witness an impromptu musical performance. Alternatively, you can hit the nightclubs drink some refreshing cocktails as you groove to the rhythms of Cuban music.
These are some of the things that you can enjoy in Cuba when you come for a cruise to this Caribbean nation. You will leave Cuba feeling energized and rejuvenated and marvel at the friendly spirit of the locals.