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A Photoblog of Cuba in pictures - The quintessential experiences

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Unique Havana

Unique Havana

Words fail to describe the magic of Havana, so rather than attempting and failing miserably sometimes a picture suffices to express all that words cannot. This is why the shot above captures this wondrous capital so well, from leafy parks and streets, to colonial buildings, modern constructions and everything else in between. The Havana skyline is truly unique too, with nothing oddly sticking out and everything looking in perfect harmony, like it all perfectly fits and belongs right where it is, despite the sometimes striking differences.

A heavenly beachside paradise

A heavenly beachside paradise

The portrayal of Cuba as beachside paradise ideal for unwinding and downing cocktails under the sun might sound too stereotypical to be enticing or exciting enough but it also couldn’t be more fitting or accurate. As the largest of Caribbean islands it has more beaches than any other destination in the region and the pristine quality of some of these simply cannot be matched elsewhere.

Romantic Appeal

Romantic Appeal

Nothing makes time together as a couple more enticing than spending it in a special paradisiacal place where you feel isolated from every distraction in the world, perfectly secluded to rekindle that flame or simply feel inspired not only by each other’s company but by truly spectacular surroundings.

That’s where Cuba excels at offering more than one idyllic backdrop – from the quintessential beaches of every size and kind (be it on the mainland or at an offshore key) to the romantic allure of Havana’s seductive nights with its picture-perfect Malecon home to many night-time serenaders, impromptu musicians and myriad other couples looking for the perfect spot from which to observe the waves crash in their lulling motion as you let their unique spell take hold of you.

Passion for Music Passion for Salsa

Passion for Music and Salsa

Well…if hearing “Cuba” doesn’t automatically draw you a picture of or a gracious couple in frenetic salsa-dancing mode (along perhaps with one or two images of Revolution propaganda, Che, Castro and a nice beach or two) then you probably haven’t heard or seen enough of what makes this island so culturally enriching. Beyond its countless historical and heritage value, music is at the core of everything Cuban and you’ll find it there everywhere you go – from impromptu dancers rising to the occasion virtually anywhere to many street musicians ready to strung up a few tunes from their guitars and serenade passers-by.

Scuba in Cuba

Scuba in Cuba

With kilometres of shoreline at the heart of the tropics it’s almost a given that Cuba would have a tremendous wealth of coral reefs protecting a rich biodiversity of underwater life, so naturally, Cuba would be one of the most idyllic places in the planet to scuba dive. Its waters are also some of the most untouched in the world and the Peninsula de Guanahacabibes along with the Jardines de la Reina archipelago are so dazzlingly spectacular that many marine biologists have praised it as unique in the world due to their pristine condition. So immaculate is their state that these UNESCO protected biosphere reserves don’t allow for any development to be made along their shoreline. This is what true underwater paradise is all about and you’ll truly find it in Cuba.

Sensory Experiences

Sensory Experiences

If there is one other thing that Cuba is famous for beyond its music, its energetic people and the stunning beaches that’s certainly its cigars. Famous around the globe for being the finest and most expertly crafted, the cigar culture in Cuba is as strong and elevated as some of the island’s most other famed attributes. Its most renowned and prestigious export aside from its rum and its aromatic coffee, Cuba is definitely the place to puff on a quality handmade tobacco and pair it with a strong coffee (just like the Cubans have it) or some quality aged Havana Club rum. It’s all part of the quintessential Cuban sensory experience.

Cuba for Culture Lovers

Cuba for Culture Lovers

The festive spirit of Cuba that makes them see through thick and thin is ultimately what fascinates many visitors to the island and the vibrant culture is the main contributor to this all-dancing, all-joyous carefree approach to life. You can practically feel as weightless as a dancing Cuban just by watching them enjoy life and smile through adversities. From annual carnival festivals to impromptu street dancing, santeria rumba sessions or the most dazzling cabaret shows, Cuba is a heaven for culture lovers of all kinds.

Unseen Cuba - Lots more to discover Unseen Cuba - Lots more to discover
Unseen Cuba - Lots more to discover
Unseen Cuba - Lots more to discover Unseen Cuba - Lots more to discover

Unseen Cuba - Lots more to discover

If you thought you had seen Cuba's every side, from every angle, then you're in for a surprise! Ever since Lithuanian photographer, Marius Jovaisa achieved what no other had before and captured the Cuba no one had seen before, there's a lot more of Cuba to see, from angles you never thought possible and which make for an incredibly striking visual appeal!

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