Fun and touristy things to do in Cuba

Posted on 26 May 2024 By Nomvelo Masango

Cuba is a destination which is abundant in natural beauty and a rich history. It also boasts blissful beaches, beautiful old buildings and an unbelievably exciting nightlife.

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If you seek to enter ‘tourist mode’, the destination has plenty of interesting experiences in store. Here are three of the best fun and touristy things to do in Cuba:

Travel down memory lane at Old Havana (Habana Vieja)

Old Havana, also known as Habana Vieja, serves as a well-preserved slice of Cuban history. The UNESCO World Heritage Site makes it easy to imagine what life in Cuba was like many years ago. Expect to see charming old city streets and a number of interesting attractions. These include the Plaza de la Catedral which is used as a religious centre, as well as Plaza Vieja which was the commercial hub housing important markets. There are also a number of restaurants and bars worth exploring. Plus, plenty of colourful photo opportunities await, so be sure to bring your camera.

Playa Paraiso Beach

Cuba is known for its beautiful beaches, and Playa Paraiso (also known as Paradise Beach) is one of them. Situated on the island of Cayo Largo del Sur, the area is surrounded by untouched forests and an idyllic atmosphere. Undoubtedly, it is the place to be if you’d like to enjoy white, powdery sand, turquoise waters and an overall blissful beach experience.

Drink a mojito and dance to live music

Those who visit Cuba in search of a good time are seldom left disappointed. There are plenty of opportunities for you to have a good time, and all you have to do is follow the live music as you wander the streets of Havana.  Moreover, there are many venues where you can salsa dance the night away.
Sipping on a mojito (or a few) at one of the destination’s many rooftop bars is also a must-try. The mix of rum, sugar, lemon and mint in Cuba’s sultry climate serves as the perfect refreshment.

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