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CubaTravel Guide

Cuba is so many things. It’s the largest island in the Caribbean. Of course, it’s home to Havana—one of the most intoxicating cities in the Caribbean. It’s a beach destination with brilliant, white-sand beaches gleam along its north and south coasts. It’s home to the largest cave system in the Caribbean; found the in the otherwordly landscape of Viñales. It’s the only place in the world to see dozens of varieties of orchids found only in its western rain forests. It’s home to Trinidad, Cuba—a time machine back into the Spanish colonial West Indies. It’s also, quite notably, home to Havana Club. And the birthplace of the daiquiri.

And, unfortunately, Cuba is also a restricted destination for travelers from the United States.

Last updated by Patrick Bennett on .

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Sweet Guarapo in Cuba

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