Cuba might boast beaches, mountain ranges and vibrant cities, but these remarkable delights haven’t always been accessible for visitors. During periods of austerity under communist revolutionary Fidel Castro, Cuba struggled to attract holidaymakers. Tourism plummeted.
Thankfully, the island has opened the gates back up for many tourists to enjoy Cuba holidays. Today, Cuba still displays evidence of its diverse heritage, cultural charm and all the characteristics you could ever want from an eye-opening getaway in the sun.
Cuba under the microscope References or reminders of the 1959 socialist revolution are evident in nearly every corner of this former Spanish colony. In many respects, though, time has stood still on the island ever since Castro took charge while the rest of the world looked on.
Despite corruption and over-exuberance from the Government and the effects on certain run down areas, Cuba has managed to survive unlike other Communist-bloc nations. This means that perfectly preserved colonial towns, vintage American cars, and beautiful historical palaces are still very much in existence.
While opinions over Castro’s influence remain divided, the Cuban people are far from bitter or aggrieved, even though the country’s infrastructure and political system seemed to collapse around them. Now the sound and rhythm of salsa music along with African, European and Caribbean cultures and cuisine is what matters most.
Don’t leave without seeing…
Stretching for 8 kilometers along the coast of Havana, the Malecón is an ocean-side boulevard that sums up Cuba nicely. While watching the sun go down, the city’s creative individuals gather in front of a mixture of neoclassic and art nouveau buildings.
Although some of the thoroughfare’s incredible architecture is facing the threat of erosion from the ocean, the City Historian’s Office have given 14 blocks of the Malecón special status, so the most authentic area of Havana will be preserved.
Museo de la Revolución Situated in a former palace, which used to be the home of several corrupt Cuban presidents, Museo de la Revolución showcases just how hard the natives worked to gain sovereignty. From the outside, this neoclassical building is truly breathtaking, but the Tiffany’s of New York decorated interior and the Palace of Versailles-inspired Room of Mirrors are equally as impressive.
Notable exhibits include the life of Che Guevara, a piece of the former city wall and lots of propaganda posters, blood-stained military uniforms and official documents. The centerpiece of the museum, however, has to be the Pavillón Granma memorial, which displays the yacht Fidel Castro and 81 revolutionaries made their way to Cuba in from Tuxpán, Mexico in December 1956.
Although public attention has usually focused on Cuba’s political situation, the ongoing yet stationary revolution and people’s enduring passion means this country provides a historic and cultural playground for tourists.