Cuba, a large Caribbean island nation under communist rule, is famous for its white-sand beaches, rolling mountains, cigars, and rum. Its colorful capital, Havana, features well-preserved Spanish colonial architecture within its 16th-century core, Old Havana, loomed over by the pre-revolutionary Capitolio. Salsa emanates from the city's dance clubs and cabaret shows are performed at the famed Tropicana.
About one-third of visitors to Cuba, each year are Canadians. The Cuban government has abate its state ownership policies and allowed for localized and small private business since 1980. It also follows revitalization programs aimed at boosting tourism.
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A UNESCO World Heritage site, Habana Vieja or Old Havana is a well-preserved slice of Cuban history. Strolling around the cobbled streets and gazing up at the grand Baroque and Neoclassical buildings, it's easy to imagine what life in Cuba was like 200 years ago. Broad redesigns are currently breathing new life into the noteworthy structures. Significant attractions here incorporate the Plaza de la Catedral, home to the Cuban Baroque Catedral de San Cristobal; the amazing café and Hemingway joint, Bodeguita del Medio; and the military post, Castillo de la Real Fuerza.
Additionally in the Old Town, Plaza Vieja is a standout amongst Havana's most energetic social affair spots. The primary structure of note here is the eighteenth century Casa del Conde Jaruco, with delightful recolored glass windows on the principal floor. Adjacent, the camera obscura offers awesome perspectives from its 35-meter tower. Permit in any event daily to investigate the Old Town and more if time licenses.