The island of Cuba is the perfect destination if you are looking for sun and fun in the Caribbean. This island has so much to offer tourists, which is why it has become such a popular destination. In this article, we will suggest some ideas about how you can enjoy an unforgettable Cuba travel experience.
Cuba is famous for its spicy Latin dances. Picture in your mind moving passionately across the dance floor as you step in time to the beat of your dance partner's rhythm. Cuban dances are about passion and immersing yourself into the story of the dance. The word Salsa was created in New York, however the dance originated in Cuba. Salsa combines a mix of the Danzon from the French, the Rhumba from Africa, and the Son of Cuba. The Cha-Cha-Cha also originated in Cuba. The Cha-Cha-Cha is similar to the Mambo and gained fame in the early 1950's. The Cha-Cha-Cha is more sensual than the Salsa and can be more complex with its many rhythms.
Baseball is more than just America's favorite past time. It is one of the most played sports in Cuba with a long and rich history. Baseball was brought to Cuba sometime around 1860 by Cubans who had studied and played along side sailors in the United States. Some of the greatest baseball players in the world are of Cuban Heritage. Cristobal Torriente, Martin Dihigo, and Jose Mendez are all in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Cubans have played baseball in just about every nation where baseball exists in the world. Not only have Cubans played abroad but many baseball greats from other countries have gone to Cuba to play as well.
Cuban cuisine is a wonderful mix of Caribbean, Spanish, and African dishes - all given a unique local twist. It is not only going to be much cheaper to eat like a local, but the Cuban dishes really are delicious. If you fancy a snack, you might try one of the famous Cuban Sandwiches - these are usually filled with meat and pickles. Tamales is a very popular local dish that is a type of corn bread (it is also popular elsewhere in Central and South America).
Peninsula Guanahacabibes, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and National Park, is on the western most point of Cuba. It is an important fishing resource for red snapper and spiny lobster; the Guanahacabibes National Park is one of the island's largest natural reserves, separated from the bulk of the island by beautiful white sand plains that border one of Cuba's lakeside areas. On this peninsula you will find 42 families of birds, several species of marine turtles, coral reefs and a coast lined with cays and islands. You will also find more than a hundred archeological sites formerly occupied by aborigines fleeing from Spanish conquistadors and the site of Cuba's first forced labor camp dating back to 1960.