10 of the Best Things to Do in Cuba (That Aren’t Drinking Rum and Smoking Cigars)

Dance at the Fábrica de Arte Cubano

Chosen by Time Magazine as one of 100 of the World’s Greatest Places in 2019, this former cooking oil factory turned mixed-use art space is worth the trip to Havana, Cuba alone.

Learn about Afro-Cuban Traditions in Santiago de Cuba

Located on the southeastern shore of Cuba, Santiago de Cuba was a central receiving hub of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, which left an important and distinct cultural imprint on the city.

Skip Varadero Beach and Head to Trinidad

Visit Playa Ancón for beautiful white sand and warm water, just a few miles outside of the charming colonial city of Trinidad.

Dive with Sharks at Jardines de la Reina

Jardines de la Reina is home to Cuba’s best diving.

Explore Old Havana

A trip to Cuba is not complete without exploring the streets of this gorgeous neighborhood.

Climb Pico Turquino

The highest peak in the Caribbean, Pico Turquino, is a beautiful hike through lush forest and a moderate push to the summit.

Visit the Mausoleum of Che Guevara

The Cuban Revolution is evident everywhere in Cuba, but nowhere more so than at the mausoleum of Ernesto “Che” Guevara in Santa Clara.

Even if you have a distaste for Cuban cigars, visiting the tobacco plantations at the Valle de Viñales is an unmissable experience for any traveler.

Visit a Tobacco Plantation in Valle de Viñales

Developed by enterprising designers who repurposed used clothing to make new designs, Clandestina has grown against the odds to sell its unique designs internationally.

Shop Cuba’s First Independent Fashion Brand

Hike Through Coffee Plantations to a Jungle Waterfall

Just outside of Trinidad’s charming and historic city, the Escambray Mountain Range is one of the best places to explore Cuba’s natural beauty

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