Eastern Cuba, which is near to the most important tourist destinations in the Caribbean region, is an excellent opportunity for tourists to enjoy their vacations at beautiful beaches and enjoy cultural and historic traditions.
Despite the well-deserved fame of Varadero, Cuba's best-known beach resort, the provinces of Camagüey, Ciego de Avila, Santiago de Cuba, Granma and Las Tunas also offer paradisiacal beaches.
As an example, Jardines del Rey (King's Gardens), the name given by the Spanish conquistadors to the string of islets spreading off the north coast, has emerged as one of the in the fastest-growing tourist destinations in the central-eastern part of Cuba.
In central Cuba, the northern keys offer more than 30 kilometers of excellent beaches and dive sites, as well as well-preserved ecosystems.
The highest dunes in the Caribbean (15 meters) can be found on Cayo Guillermo, another islet in the region. Hunting and fishing enthusiasts can spend their vacations in Morón and Loma de Cunagua, and in Laguna de la Leche (Milk Lagoon), which took that name from the peculiar color of the water.
In Camagüey, the best beach is Santa Lucía, which offers a 20-kilometer sand strip and warm crystal-clear waters protected by a huge coral reef.
Excursions and nautical activities are available on Cayo Sabinal, where pink flamingos and several species of migratory birds come to nest by several freshwater lagoons every year.
In Santiago de Cuba, the Baconao Park is the perfect formula for tourists who want to enjoy the region's well-preserved nature.
Sea and mountains blend with legends to create a one-of-a-kind offer that those who choose this area of the Cuban archipelago to spend their vacations cannot refuse.
The park's options include the possibility of spending a day in a typical countryside environment characterized by "bohíos" (thatched-roof houses) and "taburetes" (typical wooden and leather chairs).
In addition, tourists can go horseback riding to be in direct contact with nature and can visit the ruins of centuries-old French coffee farms.
Baconao also has an aquarium, where visitors can learn about the marine fauna of the Caribbean region.
Las Tunas province offers 265 kilometers of coast where there are up to 35 pristine beaches of excellent quality, crystal-clear water, white sand and coral reefs.
Foreign tourists can also visit game preserves and forests and enjoy mineral-medicinal waters in the municipality of Jesús Menéndez, in addition to enjoy speleology.