Attend the party and enjoy the country's spectacular natural wonders in between.
Relax on white-sand beaches
The crowds of tourists decrease compared to the busy winter season, and this means that Cuba's silky-smooth shores and the turquoise water breathe fresh air, with an unspoilt coastline of around 3,500 miles, Cuba is synonymous with a paradise for beach lovers.
Although the temperatures are very high in summer, a swim in the Caribbean Sea is a wonderful way to complete a beach vacation in Cuba.
Would you like to spend your vacation in Havana? Then a tropical retreat is only a short drive away with the brilliant white sand of Playas del Este and Playa Bacuranao. The mesmerizing golden sandy beach of Playa Ancon is a natural treasure on the south coast of Cuba, and the green backdrop of Playa Guardalavaca is a piece of tropical sky.
Cuba can proudly refer to around 430 beaches of all kinds and is the most important activity for the summer.
Swimming in the Cenotes
These sparkling pools of crystal clear water became famous on the nearby Yucatan Peninsula, but Cuba hides its own refreshing cenotes for those sultry summer days.
Just two hours outside of Havana There are some of these quiet bathing spots in Zapata National Park. What could be nicer than cooling off in a cave? The cenotes of the Zapata National Park extend to a depth of 60 to 70 meters and offer some of the best snorkeling opportunities on the island.
If you laze around in the resort of Varadero, you are in a prime location for an exciting vacation cenote day trip. Cueva de Saturno can be reached in a few minutes and its shimmering water is surrounded by stalagmites and stalactites.
Diving in the Caribbean
Cuba's perfect location in the Caribbean offers a cornucopia of marine life that underwater researchers can discover. It is even better that the officials have made great efforts to keep these natural wonders under the surface.
Since summer is the off-season in Cuba, you can go to the most popular dive sites without encountering a huge crowd. Watching stingrays, turtles, nurse sharks, tuna, barracudas, snappers and other marine life is a wonderful escape from the heat.
Jardines de la Reina is one of the most popular diving areas on Cuba south coast of the mainland. The area was converted into a marine park in 1996 and commercial fishing was prohibited to preserve the pristine ecosystems. Experience elaborate corals, sharks, and even Cuban crocodiles when you dive here.
The Guanahacabibes Peninsula National Park at the westernmost point of the mainland is another sensational diving paradise. The nature reserve is home to around 50 dive sites and offers remarkable views of coral reefs and an abundance of fish species.
To explore shipwrecks off the Cuban coast, visit Bay of Pigs and Santiago de Cuba to visit fascinating dive sites just off the coast.
Swimming under cascading waterfalls
How about another invigorating way of cooling off? Deep in the lush jungle of Cuba dozens of crystalline waterfalls flow into emerald-green ponds. Wash the sweat off your body after exploring the jungle and listen to the sounds of the wildlife around you.
The El Nicho waterfalls, hidden in the mountains of the Gran Parque Natural Topes de Collantes in central Cuba, are a sensational place to swim. The waterfalls are conveniently located between the cities of Trinidad and Cienfuegos and offer the perfect day trip into the untouched nature of Cuba.
After a relaxing swim, hike out over the waterfalls to watch birds and lizards with wonderful views of the forest.
Hike in a historic cave
Cuba tours that take you to the Varahicacos Ecological Reserve give you a rare glimpse of ancient art. Visit the Ambrosio Cave to explore a remarkable archaeological site with pre-Columbian pictograms believed to be over 2,000 years old.
The drawings on the cave walls give an incredible insight into the cultures that flourished before the arrival of the Spaniards. Not surprisingly, the historical importance of the cave dates back to colonial times. The Ambrosio cave served as a hiding place for escaped slaves in this turbulent time.
Nature lovers will love the fruit bats living in the cave, which often hang from the ceiling. The cool environment of the cave system is a pleasant change from the blazing sun as you discover one of Cuba's most historic sites.