Our latest trip to Cuba was somewhat an experience. We have been sailing in a hired catamaran, visiting various archipelagos scattered in the Caribbean sea on the south coast of Cuba and traveled the Mecca of the World for Cigars and Rum from east to west. We were charmed by Santiago de Cuba, the capital of Cuba’s southeastern Santiago de Cuba Province, facing a bay off the Caribbean Sea. Founded by the Spanish in 1515, it’s known for colonial architecture and revolutionary history. Guarding the bay, Castillo del Morro is a massive, 17th-century Spanish fortress. The city’s colonial quarter contains the Casa de Diego Velázquez, the 16th-century adobe home of Cuba’s first colonial governor and founder of Cuba’s first Spanish settlements.
We found an unforgettable nature in Barracoa, a secluded region and town in Guantánamo Province, southeast part of Cuba. Surrounded by mountains, it is somewhat isolated from the rest of the land. The grapefruits we tasted while climbing El Yunque, a 575-metre-high mountain, were the best we’ve ever tried.
We started our visit to Havana at the Morro Castle, a Sea fortress at the mouth of the harbor and enjoyed the salsa music, people watching and sipping Daiquiri in bars of Old Havana.