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Best Beaches in Cuba

With more than 300 beaches along the island’s 3,500-mile coastline—bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and the Caribbean Sea to the south—Cuba boasts year-round saltwater and sands that vary in color from dazzling white to deep black. This list includes some of the subtropical island’s most spectacular stretches of relaxation, from popular seaside destinations to secluded coves.


Varadero Beach



My Cuba Diaries: The Faces of Santiago de Cuba

As Havana boasts 1950s glamour and Camagüey exuberant art, Santiago de Cuba flaunts with gusto the island nation’s fiery history. From the Casa de Diego Velasquez, the oldest home in Latin America, to UNESCO’s best-preserved site of Spanish-American military architecture, the Morro Castle, Santiago de Cuba is packed with history and elegies to a valiant past. It’s here that a young Fidel Castro made history invading the Moncada Barracks, him and his army of rebels, pressing start on the Cuban Revolution.

But history-aside, there are many faces to Santiago de Cuba.



Famous and Notable Cubans

Cuba’s a small island, but it’s given the world many athletes, artists, actors, musicians, and other notables.