Cuba and its people mark a milestone today with the death of Fidel Castro.
Travel with us to the island nation of 11 million to see the cities, historic buildings, natural features, and the culture and spirit of the Cuban people in this series of Green News Update articles and photo stories.
¡Bienvenidos a Cuba!
Read the backstory and more about the arts and culture of this island nation. In the 20th century – once Cuba was liberated from Spanish control – the island was marketed to Americans as the place to travel for tropical beauty, exciting women and sensual experiences. There were cabarets, nightclubs, bars, brothels, follies, and casinos. Hotels were luxurious; many had house orchestras with bands playing mambo and cha cha chá. The tourism of the ‘40’s and ‘50s catered to every whim and appetite – especially for celebrities (Gary Cooper, Marlon Brando), the wealthy and those seeking gambling and an adventurous time.
Our story continues with five savvy travelers from recent, individually crafted “people to people” education tours to Cuba in the past two years. Through Green News Update, they share their ideas, insights and impressions of Cuba, as one says, “at a turning point that can go either way.” They are sharing what you should seek – and what you will love –if you’re interested in seeing the real Cuba.
A photo essay by National Geographic photographer David Doubilet and accompanying story on the Queen Marine Reserve – a splendor of coral reefs and mangroves.
The Essential Cuba Photo Gallery