Tourism may not be fully open in Cuba yet, but the prospect of finally stepping into this island country in the Caribbean that has been closed off to the world for what seems like forever is enough to get anyone excited. Sure, there will always be niggling worries that will come up once in a while, but it will be worth it.

What to See Old Havana

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Old Havana is the site of the original city of Havana that boasts of colonial buildings, some of which have been restored, and amazing sights, such as the Catedral de San Cristóbal, the Malecón avenue, Castillo del Morro, and Plaza de Armas. With this much to see in Old Havana alone, you’re going to need to take a month-long vacation.

Museo de la Revolución (Museum of the Revolution)

Apart from awe-inspiring exhibits, the museum itself is an attraction as it is housed in what used to be the Presidential Palace of all Cuban presidents. It only became the Museum of Revolution after the Cuban Revolution. Most of its historical artifacts will take you to the long periods of war in the country.


Baconao is a large park region just 60 km from the city of Santiago de Cuba that was declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Biosphere Reserve in 1987. Its featured attractions include the Great Rock (Gran Piedra), Prehistoric Valley, Botanical Garden, Musuem of History of Terrestrial Transport and the Aquarium.

What to do

Even while walking along the streets of Old Havana, you will be treated to some astounding performances by the locals. You can stop and just bask at the strains of trova, and then bask on some of the most beautiful beaches in Cuba. You should also explore the mountains and caves, go horse riding or take a trek to Cuba’s tropical paradise.

Written by
Carilynne Bentley