The Cuban archipelago, which has a strategic geographic location, has become a major tourist destination in the Caribbean region, as a result of the fast development of the leisure industry in the island nation.
Exuberant nature, centuries-old traditions and history are major attractions in a country that has an area of 110,000 square kilometers and nearly 5,800 kilometers of coast, including 600 kilometers of beaches.
Cayo Levisa, which offers three kilometers of excellent beaches and 23 dive sites, is in Cuba's westernmost province, Pinar del Río.
Cuba's most famous beach resort, Varadero, has 22 kilometers of beaches, characterized by white sand and crystal-clear water.
The country's tourist strategy not only includes the so-called big island, but also the islets that make up the Northern Keys, where vacationers can enjoy thousands of kilometers of excellent beaches in a nearly pristine environment.
A 48-kilometer causeway over the sea connects the largest island in the Cuban archipelago to the Santa María, Las Brujas, Ensenachos, Cobos, Majá, Fragoso, Francés, Las Picúas and Español de Adentro keys, among others.
Cayo Largo del Sur, one of the most peculiar places exclusively devoted to tourism, offers 24 kilometers of beautiful beaches, whose fine white sand prevents excessive heat.
In the central provinces of Cienfuegos, Sancti Spiritus and Villa Clara, tourists can enjoy a wide range of traditions and history, combined with facilities to practice nautical sports.
Nature is the main attraction in the Escambray Mountain Range, where vacationers can take excursions to Topes de Collantes – 800 meters above sea level – and Salto del Caburní (Caburní Waterfall), in addition to enjoying the archeological values of Caguanes, with its caverns and flooded caves.
In Camagüey, you can find dream places such as Santa Lucía Beach, which offers 20 kilometers of beaches in a sort of natural pool, as the country's largest coral reef is barely 200 meters from the coast in some areas.
The coral reef, which runs parallel to the Sabinal, Guajaba, Cruz and Romano keys, protects the local fauna, composed of 200 species of sponges, 500 species of tropical fish and 50 species of corals, including black corals.
Vacationers can also visit the eastern province of Holguín, including Bariay, where Admiral Christopher Columbus first landed in Cuba in 1492. Other major sites in Holguín are the beaches Guardalavaca, Esmeralda and Pesquero.
Also in Holguín is Cayo Saetía, which is at the entrance of the Bay of Nipe and is considered one of the largest game preserves in the country.