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Stunning, , amazing are words that simply sum up what is the biggest island in the Caribbean, Cuba.
It is located at the entrance to the Gulf of Mexico. The archipeligo is formed by 4195 different sized islands and is 1,547.21 square miles. The republic of Cuba is composed of 14 provinces, 169 municipalities & has a population of 11,120,000 inhabitants.
The national flag is made up of an equilateral triangle is a clear reference to the yearning for liberty, equality and fraternity. The colour of the triangle, red, portends the spilling of blood that would be required to win independence. The single star located in the middle of the triangle is a symbol of absolute freedom. The three blue stripes represent the eastern, central and western provinces into which the island was formally divided. The two white stripes signify the purity and virtue of the Cuban people.
We stayed at an area called Varadero which is the main tourist destination of the country. It's most important natural potential is the beach that is 20,375 meters long with a sand strip of 22 meters wide.
In Varadero you can find activities so different as music, poetry, artists, traditions heritage and exuberant nature in all it's tropical ways. There are places for nautical activities, golf, day trips, parks and an attractive night life, the most complete tourist infrastructure on the island.
There are on offer a wide variety of trips to see the island and at very reasonable prices, for example a full day in Havana and a five star hotel overnight stay to do the must see Tropicana Caberet, cost for two people with all meals and transport included £150.00 and was well worth every penny.
Other trips include - Rail trips, Santa Clara (overnight), Trinidad (overnight), Helicopter tours, Havana, Pinar del Rio, Tobacco plantation, Sugar Plantation, Mexico, Dominican Republic, The Bahamas and many many more.
Havana, the Capital of Cuba is an essential place to visit. To walk in old Havana and it's fortress system, now a world heritage site, allows you to learn about it's plazas, see it's architecture, appreciate it's monuments and museums, and discover it's old secrets and many treasures.
A trip to Havana would not be complete without a visit to Revolution Square where you can see the famous metal work formed into the face of Che Gavara who was Cuba's first ever Minister of the Interior as appointed by Castro on the The Ministry of the Interior building in Revolution Square. The square also boasts the country's secret service building, parliament building and The National Library of Cuba, The white statue in front of the obelisk is Jose Marti, 19th Century revolutionary and national hero.
A must do in Havana is to visit Cathederal square with it's outstanding Roman Catholic Cathederal which totally dominates the Square. After all this walking about a beer in the open air restaurant on the top of the hotel Hemmingway used is a very welcome break.
To sum up, well, Cuba is a Country of many diverse guises. There is mainly old derelict houses and very old American cars which is contrasted with the stunning interior and mountain regions.
Would we go again ? - would we recommend other people to visit Cuba ? - of course we would, an absolute must do for all photographers and none photographers alike.
If you do decide to go, then have a Mojito for me please. Should you require and further information, contact me and we will help where we can.