Cuba is located in the northern Caribbean where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. Situated to the south of the USA and the Bahamas, east of Mexico, to the west of Haiti and the Turks and Caicos Islands and north of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Cuba has a great choice of beautiful sandy beaches and attractions. Thousands of people visit Cuba every year for their summer package holidays and for their winter sun holidays.
There are many attractions in Cuba, from the old colonial town of Havana to the Che Guevara Monument at Santa Clara to the vibrant town of Trinidad. Away from the towns, cities and beaches of Cuba there are some amazing natural attractions to explore, including biosphere reserves, national parks, mountain ranges and some stunning valleys with magnificent scenery just waiting to be discovered.
The following are just a few of the many natural attractions you should not miss when visiting Cuba.
Alejandro de Humboldt National Park – South-east Cuba
Dominated by the rivers that run down from the nearby parks, this is the most humid location on the island of Cuba, since it is home to a rich and diverse range of trees and plants.
Baracoa – Eastern coast of Cuba
The city of Baracoa was the first settlement in Cuba and is where Christopher Columbus is believed to have originally landed on the island. This beautiful bay is surrounded by thick vibrant tropical vegetation and wildlife and is overlooked by the flat topped El Yunque Mountain. The mountain offers breathtaking panoramic views across the bay while the many rivers, 10 in total, enable visitors to explore by boat or raft. Named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the park is a haven for walkers and hikers.
Cienaga de Zapata National Park – Close to the resort of Playa Larga
With an abundance of rich fauna and wildlife, this massive national park is home to the largest swamp lands in Cuba and is an excellent location for bird watching and fishing. Naturalists will love the mangroves, swamps and wetlands which are home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. The nearby beach resort of Playa Larga, which caters mainly for scuba divers, makes an ideal base from which to explore the park.
Set in the Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve, offering hiking and hiking trails, lakes, swimming holes (cenotes) and excellent bird watching opportunities.
The Sierra Maestra is the highest and longest mountain range in Cuba, offering amazing hiking opportunities for visitors to the island. A place of important historical significance for the Cuban people, this is where Fidel Castro and his followers used the high mountain caves to hid during the revolution in the 1950's. The mountain range stretches across three provinces and includes the Sierra Maestra National Park and the Turquino National Park both popular with walkers, hikers and nature lovers.
Topes de Collantes National Park – On the outskirts of Trinidad
Found on the dense pine-clad mountains of Sierra del Escambray, the Topes de Collantes National Park provides a welcome break from the hot busy streets of Trinidad. With well established walking trails and refreshing cool waterfalls the park is a haven for visitors looking for a cool, quiet retreat.
Vinales Valley – Located in western Cuba, the heart of Cuba
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this lush tobacco growing valley has amazing limestone cliff formations (mogotes) which rise out of the valley floor, offering stunning views across the valley. This breath taking valley, regarded as one of the most beautiful spots in Cuba, is the perfect location for walking, hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, rock climbing and cave exploration on your travel deals to the island of Cuba.