Western Cuba is a rich, fertile region characterised by tobacco plantations, rugged landscapes, thick tropical vegetation and charming colonial towns. Furthermore the western part of the island is home to Cuba's capital city, Havana. Havana is a cosmopolitan city with a rich history and swinging nightlife. Further west the rolling hills of Pinar del Rio are inviting for those looking for an off-the-beaten-track holiday to remote idyllic beaches and traditional Cuban towns.
Home to Trinidad, Santa Clara Province and Remedios, central Cuba is comprised of a selection of colonial towns and of course the idyllic beaches of the Varadero peninsula. There are also some great hiking trails in Topes de Collantes and important historic monuments such as Che Guevara's last resting place in the town of Santa Clara. To the north of Santa Clara is the tiny and well-preserved colonial-era city of Remedios and the stunningly beautiful beach resort destination of la Cayería del Norte. The preserved colonial city Trinidad, tucked in the southwest corner of the province, is the highlight of a visit to the central section of the country.
'El Oriente' (Eastern Cuba) is Cuba's Caribbean heart. The pace of life is slower here even though the nation's second city, Santiago de Cuba, is situated on this side of the island. The region also includes the world famous Guantanamo Bay US Naval Base and the highest island, Pico Turquino. On the furthest tip is Baracoa, a popular place to chill out off the beaten track.