6 Ways to Get Out of the Grind in Cuba

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4. Birán Historic Site

Another excellent place to veer off onto the path less taken is at Sitio Histórico Birán, about an hour from Holguín. This is Fidel Castro’s birthplace, a complete two-story home surrounded by cane fields and pastures where he was born on August 13, 1926. The wood-built home is often called primitive and devoid of brick, mortar, and cement. But Castro’s father was an important man whose home was substantial in its simplicity. In 2002, the farm became a National Historic Site and was opened to the public for viewing. This became a rather big deal in the country and attracted thousands of visitors. It’s heavy on security though–armed guards escort tourists through the family home, Fidel’s austere schoolhouse, and his parents’ graves. Within the home, Fidel’s personal belongings are on display including the crib he used as a baby, his basketball, and his favorite baseball.

Photo by: Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

Photo by: Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

3. Playa Los Pinos, Cayo Sabinal

Some of the most remote places in Cuba reveal the country’s most beautiful backdrops, devoid of tourists and filled with nature’s most impressive creations. Cayo Sabinal, one of the most remote cays in Cuba, is connected to mainland Camagüey province by an exceptionally narrow slice of land on the tip of the northern coast. The sun-bleached landscape is wild and stunning, reached by a long and picturesque road created by crushed coral that seems to hover above Laguna de los Flamencos, reflective waters home to hot pink, tip-toeing flamingos, a sight that becomes familiar when traveling in these parts. On this cay is Playa Pinos, one of the most beautiful beaches in Cuba, and deserving of the description “breathtaking.” Where on most of Cuba’s best beaches you’ll most certainly find crowds, here it’s more likely you’ll find silence meeting headlong with the sound surf breaking. A row of homespun cabanas are the only accommodation option and lunch comes directly from the ocean.

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