|Havana's Museum of the Revolution - The Neo-Classical building remained the Presidential Palace until 1959 spanning the terms
of office of seven presidents from Mario Garcia Menocal to Fulgencio
Batista. Today we know it as the Museum of the Revolution (Spanish Museo
de la Revolución). It houses an extensive collection of antiquated but
informative displays of memorabilia and exhibits covering Cuban history
from the 15th century to modern history with emphasis on the
revolutionary period beginning in 1868 with the first war of liberation
from Spain. It is generally recognized as one of the most important of
Cuba’s 315 or so museums.
|Baracoa, Cuba's First Capital City - It was at Baracoa that locals claim to be the October 27,
1492 debarkation point for Christopher Columbus on his first voyage to
the Americas. They make that claim based on Columbus’ journal entry
where he writes about landing on “the most beautiful land man’s eyes
have ever seen” and describes a “high square mountain which seemed to be
an island”. Since no other mountain in Cuba fits that description,
Baracoans are inclined to believe that he was writing about El Yunque,
the 575 meter / nearly 1,900 feet flat-top mountain just northeast of
|Along the Havana Malecon -
One of Havana’s most popular attractions is the Malecón, an expansive public space that runs along Havana’s northern rocky coastline. The 7–8 km (about 5 mile) Malecón stretches from the mouth of the Bay of Havana on the north end of Old Town to Vevado, a leafy green suburb west of Central Havana. The Malecón consists of a seawall that separates Havana from the Straits of Florida and protects Havana’s northern coastline from potentially damaging ocean waves that threaten to jump the wall and overflow into the streets.
Monuments situated along the Malecón celebrate some of the major heroes and events in Cuba’s history.
|Cienfuegos, The Pearl of the South - Cienfuegos,
founded in 1819, is Cuba’s only city founded by the French. The
European influence can be seen in the wide, straight tree-lined
Parisian-style avenues and the eclectic architectural presentation. The
city is laid out in easy to negotiate squares and is one of the cleanest
cities in Cuba. In most tourist literature, Cienfuegos is known as “The
Pearl of the South” because of its well preserved colonial buildings,
proverbial cleanliness and beautiful surroundings.
|Manaca Iznaga Plantation - The Manaca Iznaga sugar
plantation was one of the largest in Cuba’s Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of
the Sugar Mills) when “white gold” dominated the country’s economy. Today, the
owner’s house, 143-foot watchtower and a few barracones (original slave
quarters) are the only reminders of an industry that brought riches to the
owner and forced labor to the more than 1,000 slaves who worked in the fields. A
local workman encourages visitors to produce their own fresh-squeezed cane
juice on a traditional guarapería in the rear
of the house.