Top 5 tourist places in Cuba

5 tourist places in cuba

Did you know that over 4 million people visit Cuba every year? Tourism is one of the main sources of revenue for the largest island of the Caribbean. There is a surprising amount of diversity in Cuba, tourist sites, monuments, nature… This beautiful island has so much to offer that sometimes it is hard to choose the best tourist places in Cuba to include in your travel schedule.

Most visited places in Cuba

If you are planning on traveling to Cuba soon, but haven’t decided on the itinerary yet, keep reading. In this article, we will share with you a comprehensive ranking of the best spots and most visited places in Cuba. 

Old Havana (Habana Vieja)

In the first position is Old Havana. You have probably heard of it, seen it in films and even heard about it in certain pop songs. Old Havana or Habana Vieja is an excellently preserved slide of Cuban history and also a UNESCO World Heritage site. The area covers an impressive amount of historical buildings and major attractions such as Plaza de la Catedral, where the baroque Catedral de San Cristobal is placed, or the breathtaking military fortress Castillo de la Real Fuerza. The beautiful contrasts in the architecture, its colorful streets and its lively atmosphere are the main reasons why Old Havana is at the top of every list of Cuba tourist sites. However, the area is way more than that. Discover it by yourself during your trip to Cuba! 

old havana

Parque Nacional Viñales (Valle de Viñales)

For those travelers looking out for Cuba tourist places that offer pretty landscapes and outstanding natural surroundings, Viñales Valley is a must. Its dramatic limestone outcrops called mogotes make it one of the most unique sceneries in the world. Plus, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is only 180km away from Havana, making it a great option for a day or a weekend trip. The area is also known for its tobacco fields, a top tip would be booking a horse ride to visit them! 


If you ask anyone in Cuba about the most famous beach destination on the island, we have no doubts that they would say Varadero. We even dare to say that Varadero is one of the most visited places in Cuba. This 20km area of white sand and crystalline waters is one of the most popular beach resorts in Cuba. Thanks to its popularity, Varadero offers plenty of options for accommodation and transportation.

You are interested: Cayo Santa María and Varadero Beach: best cuban beaches basen on Tripadvisor.

Castillo de San Pedro del Morro (Santiago de Cuba)

One of the most famous tourist sites in Cuba is Castillo de San Pedro del Moro. This military fortress was built in the XVII century to protect the Bay of Santiago. The building is exceptionally well-preserved and still keeps inside a surprisingly large amount of knives, swords and other historical objects. In the 90s Castillo de San Pedro del Morro was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today, hundreds of visitors enjoy a visit to this impressive fortress daily. 

castillo san pedro del morro


Baracoa is perhaps less recognizable but still one of everyone’s favorite tourist sites in Cuba. Located on the eastern side of the island, Baracoa is the oldest colonial city in Cuba. This natural gem is covered in beautiful endemic vegetation, breathtaking mountains and dreamy beaches. This makes it the perfect destination for those who are after an authentic and complete Cuban experience. If you are thinking about visiting Cuba for longer than a week, you should definitely consider including Baracoa on your itinerary. 

To find more about other landmarks in Cuba, you can check out our most visited monuments in Cuba blog. You can also get more inspiration for your trip by visiting our website. To make sure you don’t miss any of the most visited places in Cuba while putting together your travel itinerary, you can contact Espíritu Travel. As specialists in Cuba, we will help organize the perfect trip to Cuba taking into consideration your needs and desires as well as Cuba’s tourist places.

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