Sunday, November 30, 2014

Cuba Travel Photo Essay - Part 1

Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean, the 17th largest in the world, and the most populated in the Caribbean region with more than 11 million residents. You may not be aware the country also has thousands of islands and cays spread out in the Caribbean Sea. 

Recently Canadian Twitter friends, Craig Searle  his wife Carolyn Percy-Searle, visited the island. Unlike "structured" tours for Americans, the Searle's are able to visit the island without restrictions - like a real vacation, where you can do what you want, and go where you want! 

Before they headed off on vacation I asked if they would share photo's of their visit, and they both were kind enough to agree. 

Holguin province is Cuba's third most popular tourist destination

Holguin has approximately 50 picturesque beaches that cover 25 miles of coastline protected by a coral reef, bordered with thick vegetation. 

The city offers beautiful colonial buildings, museums, and pristine offshore diving at Playa Esmeralda and Guardalavaca. The surrounding area has 12 wildlife refuges, along with the Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park. 

Holguin has so many excellent historic plazas, it is known as the city of parks. 

These cars are passed down like family heirlooms

Holguin Hospital

Cutting Sugar Cane

Hasta la Victoria Siempre means Until Victory, Always

Santa Ifigenia Cemetery -  Santiago de Cuba

This well maintained cemetery is home to Cuba's national heroes, popular musicians, everyday Cubans, and a spot has been reserved for Fidel Castro. Every 30 minutes a changing of the guard occurs at national hero Jose Marti's mausoleum. 

Also descendants of the Bacardi rum family are buried here. Bacardi rum was originally manufactured in Cuba, and after Fidel Castro came to power, the rum brand moved to Puerto Rico. 

Happy Travels,

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