The best way to enjoy your trip to Cuba is to embrace both the cities in Cuba and the rural experiences. It is also good to get off the beaten track to explore the incredible scenery and culture of the entire island. Each place in Cuba offers a completely new and unique experience. Here are my top five best places to visit in Cuba (cities) listed in order of most favored to least. These Cuba cities are sure to leave an imprint on your heart!
Trinidad De Cuba. Trinidad De Cuba cannot be missed! As one of the most preserved colonial cities in the Caribbean it is to be admired for its preservation, cleanliness and culture.
Lined with cobblestone streets, you walk around in awe of the pastel and bright coloured buildings and the well-kept grounds and gardens. There are so many photo opportunities to be had in one of the best cities to visit in Cuba! Cars are not allowed in the centre so it is nice to meander around to the various markets, artesian shops, and art studios.
Havana. Havana will be your first stop on your group tour to Cuba. But be sure not to get stuck here. It is easy to forget the rest of the island because you won’t want to leave this cosmopolitan side of Cuba! Whilst it has a spectacular nightlife, the days are just as charming and fun.
It is a city of many faces and places. Walk the streets in La Habana Vieja or the Old Town for the many different sights. Be drawn to the preserved Colonial architecture & structures, whilst the run down, derelict buildings also draw you in for their mysterious feel and photographic appeal.
Baracoa. Baracoa is the hidden gem of Cuba! Isolated from the rest of the country in the Guantanamo Province, the isolation has kept Baracoa authentic and untouched. It is small, relaxing and a lot quieter than the other cities.
It offers a place to chill with the beach, mountainous surrounds and tropical rains. You soon become intimate with the locals seeing the same faces everywhere you go.
Santiago de Cuba. The heart of the second largest of the cities in Cuba is the main square, Parque Cespedes, where the architecture is beautiful and all the action happens.
The best spot to be in all of Santiago is sitting above the square at the rooftop bar of Hotel Casa Granda looking at a stone angel on top of the cathedral across the street with the sun setting through the harbor and mountains behind.
Take a trip to the coastline and explore the Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca, a 17th century fortress overlooking the bay.
Cienfuegos. Cienfuegos became a trading place for sugar cane, tobacco and coffee when the French founded it. The French Influence is why it has a unique feel and a lot of wealth.
Known as La Perla del Sur, or the Pearl of the South, it has a relaxed and breezy vibe that sets it apart from the other places to visit in Cuba.
The city center is Pueblo Nuevo, where you can explore the history museums, dine at an outdoor cafe, or purchase some local hand made goods from the markets.