Top Reasons to Go to Western Cuba
Beaches. Dazzling, white-sand beaches in Varadero, Pinar del Río, the Zapata Peninsula and in the Archipiélago de Canarreos vary from virtual outdoor discotheques to vast strands all but devoid of human life.
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling. Cuba is becoming one of the Caribbean's great diving and snorkeling destinations, with coral reefs, underwater caves, and sunken shipwrecks to explore, as well as aquatic life that includes 900 species—from rays and barracudas to triggerfish.
A Plethora of Resorts.The contemporary resorts of Varadero and Cayo Largo are hermetically sealed vacation paradises, catering variously to party-loving singles, active families, comfortable retirees, and affluent hedonists lapping up luxury. Water sports, golf, spas, dance, and Spanish classes are just some of the activities to choose from.
Iconic Scenery. The massive Cordillera de Guaniguanico mountain range encompasses some of the most scenic landscapes in Cuba: the dramatic Soroa waterfall, the evergreen Terrazas nature preserve, and the enchanting Valle de Viñales.
Working Plantations. Tobacco and coffee plantations have vied for supremacy for centuries in Pinar del Río province, traditionally one of Cuba's most backward regions. Visiting these economically crucial plantations gives you an insight into Cuba's history and culture, as well as some tasting opportunities.
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