Cuba's quintessential holiday destination is steadily regaining former glory, striding forward to the future where it will once again rank among the finest beach resorts in the Caribbean. Varadero is far from a synthetic vacationer theme park some hold it for - the town is home to nearly 20,000 Cubans, and exudes local flavor despite being primarily known for its first-class luxury hotels.
Cayo Coco's spectacular white sandy beaches remained untouched for centuries, and despite recent development, they still retain that same feeling, with untamed mangroves, beautiful coral reefs and colorful flocks of flamingos dotting the turquoise waters. Together with nearby Cayo Guillermo and Cayo Santa Maria, Cayo Coco has become Cuba's third most popular destination after Havana and Varadero, and it's not hard to see why.
Santa Clara will forever be remembered as the site of the last battle of the Cuban Revolution, where Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara led a group of rebels in a mission to derail an armored train, resulting the definitive defeat of the Batista regime. And though bullet holes still bear witness to the hardships of the revolution, today Santa Clara is youthful and ferociously creative city, whose large student population contributes to the casual nightlife, vibrant artistic scene and liberal and forward-thinking mentality, making it one of the most unique and entertaining cities in Cuba.
From a fusion of Chinese-Cuban cultures at Barrio Chino, to visual arts of Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, to an awe-inspiring view at The Melia Cohiba high-rise and incredibly romantic cruise docking Sierra Maestra Terminal, Havana is topping charts just like its musical namesake (oh na-na). As you enjoy a paladar meal or two and rest against some cool, artsy wall, perhaps blue or yellow or pink even, you’ll be sure to have left your heart in Havana by the time you head back to East Atlanta (na-na-na).