There is no doubt at all that Cuba is a unique island full of interesting sights and sounds you cannot experience anywhere else in the world, but what it’s sometimes easy to forget is that there’s also a lot of exciting activities off the island – in the expanse of Caribbean waters that surrounds it. From fishing to scuba diving, Cuba has all kinds of attractions for people to enjoy just off the coast – here are some of the must-dos.
Try Your Hand at Scuba Diving in Cuba
Scuba diving in Cuba is amongst the very best in the world – all tastes are catered for and whether you’re a first timer looking for lessons, or a veteran looking to explore sunken wrecks and caves, the island has got you covered. The top spots for scuba diving in Cuba are Cayo Coco, Maria La Gorda and Santiago de Cuba – depending on the style of diving you’re looking to enjoy. Wherever you go though, you can expect to see hundreds of tropical fish and colourful types of coral – the kind of thing it’s well worth investing in that underwater camera for!
Sample Surfing for the First Time
While Cuba holidays aren’t always associated with surfing, some good practice can be had, especially if you’re on the island in the winter months of September to December – and maybe a little later if you’re inexperienced and looking for smaller waves. The east coast of the island offers the best waves, generally speaking, though it’s by no means the only spot! Be sure to bring your own board, as you’ll struggle to find one to use there.
Relax With a Spot of Fishing
Ernest Hemmingway popularised fishing on the island during his infamous stay in Cuba and many people are keen to follow in his footsteps. He used to fish for marlin out of Havana, but also was known to explore the North West coast at Cayo Guillermo. Cayo Coco is another good spot, but unlike in other countries fishing is legal across the island so find the best location for yourself and share your anecdotes with fellow Cuban fishermen!
Swim with Dolphins
Swimming with dolphins is something of a life changing experience for many, and certainly joining the graceful mammals underwater is breathtaking, once you get past the initial fear factor! If this sounds like your dream Cuba holiday activity, then the resorts of Varadero and Holguin are where you should head. From there, you can take special trips out to sea, allowing holiday makers to get closer than ever before to the charming creatures.
Explore the Aquatic World With a Snorkel
If you can’t quite bring yourself to take a series of diving qualifications, then snorkelling is an easier option with less training required. There are a number of good spots where you’re guaranteed to see some interesting sea life – Guardalavaca, Cayo Coco and Playa Jibacoa. The majority of beaches in Cuba will offer snorkeling of some kind, but if you’re serious about it, these really are the best spots.
Don’t worry if this list leaves you cold. There are all sorts of Cuba holiday activities for you to take part in that don’t involve you getting near any water. From salsa to cigar factory tours, a holiday on the island has you covered, even if you don’t fancy surfing or scuba diving in Cuba.
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