Cuba is the biggest island in the Caribbean, it is located at the entrance to the Gulf of México. Cuba's nearest neighbors are: to the East, Haití ( 77 kilometers ), to the West, the Yucatan Peninsula ( 210 kilometers ), to the North, Florida Peninsula ( 180 kilometers ) and to the South, Jamaica ( 140 kilometers ). The Bahamas are very near, toward the Northwest of the eastern end of Cuba.
Cuba is a Caribbean destination without comparison, pristine and exotic hiding many secrets unpredictable. Boasting magnificent white sand beaches with clean sparkling turquoise waters. The water ranges from pale aqua to deep sapphire, the spectrum changing hourly as the relentless Cuban sun sweeps across the island sky.
Cuba is home to exceptionally friendly people, exotic flora, tropical climate and a vibrant nightlife. If you like the Latin beat, then this is the place to visit where hot Salsa music can be heard everywhere. All this and warm welcome from the Cuban people make this biggest Caribbean island very attractive for million of tourists every year.
Formed by around 4 195 smaller keys, cays and islets, it covers a surface of 110 922 square kilometers and 1 200 kilometers of extension, on a mostly karstic and flat territory. Its nature, diverse and prodigal, shows wide variety of plants, animals and more than 280 beaches, virgin islands, grottos, caves, mountains, forests, savannas and marshes.
The island assaults the senses. Travelers have the option of either walk around all day, swim or dive at its magnificent beaches, spend their nights dining on fancy International cuisine restaurants or wandering past old colonial buildings that are full of history all over the island. The visitor is greeted with strains of exotic rhythms - the salsa or rhumba - emanating from every corner.
Good news for the tourist is the growing choice of resorts and the number of new or refurbished hotels that are opening in towns across the country. In addition, an ever-increasing range of flights and hotels are opening up. Once faded and crumbling houses, with ornate wrought iron balconies, and central courtyards are now being lovingly restored.
The tobacco-growing area of Viñales with its intriguing limestone mogotes (outcrops), contrasts dramatically with the rugged tree-covered mountains of the Sierra Maestra. Cuba 's rich history as a Spanish colony is evident in the wealth of colonial architecture in major towns such as Havana and Santiago de Cuba.
Hile ecotourism is still not well developed and much of the island's extraordinary natural beauty remains to be discovered. An aquamarine sea laps the white, palm-fringed beaches of Varadero and offshore Cayos Largo and Coco . Here you can try your hand at blue marlin or barracuda fishing, just as Hemingway depicted in his novel The Old Man and the Sea, or dive to the coral reef and search for shipwrecks. The little visited Zapata Peninsula or the Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park offer the chance to swim with dolphins.