A hospitable republic of Cuba is an amazing kind of an oxymoron – the architecture of the era of the Spanish colonisers, the automobiles reminding of the former Soviet Union, as well as the tropical landscapes that are pleasing to the eye.
A jewel of this incredible palette is Havana – or rather say, the area of Old Havana, located between the coast and the business centre of the capital.
At first glance, Old Havana has no clear boundaries but you will immediately notice the difference when you will find yourself among the many old buildings and monuments.
One of the most visited places in the Old Havana is the Cathedral Square (Plaza de la Catedral), where you can see the Cathedral of St. Christopher, the palace of Marquis de Arcos and the old houses of the Spanish aristocracy.
The National Capitol Building (El Capitolio) built in the early XX century is the pride of Cubans.
In the central hall of the Capitol is a statue of the republic (La Estatua de la República) – the world’s third largest among the sculptures installed in the building.
But the most attractive element for visitors is the 25-carat diamond in the floor of the main hall, which symbolises the city’s Kilometre Zero.
By the way, originally it was a real diamond but in 1973, for safety reasons, it was replaced by a glass copy.
You will also have a great joy walking through the Malecon, a broad esplanade, which connects the main areas of Havana. It is here that you can get into an unusual vortex of events – festivals, carnivals, and other festivities.
Montego Bay is one of the most famous and popular resorts and cities in Jamaica.
Enumerating all its attractions and infrastructure can take a lot of time so I will concentrate on its natural attractions for the fans of eco-tourism: the Bird Sanctuary and the Montego Bay Marine park.
The Montego Bay Marine Park is a national nature reserve: in addition to the incredible variety of flora and fauna, you can also enjoy Jamaica’s Mangroves that are a very important part of its coastal ecology.
For the maximum convenience, the Marine Park is divided into several zones, where you can study the inhabitants of the coral reef, dive into the underwater cave, go fishing, or just relax and enjoy nature.
Rocklands Bird Sanctuary in Montego Bay was opened with the help of the famous ornithologist Lisa Salmon (aka “The Bird Lady”).
The park has become a haven for a variety of grassquits, woodpeckers, mockingbirds, hummingbirds and saffron finches. Travellers from around the world come here to admire the pristine nature and feed the birds.
Just imagine this: the tiny hummingbirds fly up to you and to sit on your hand to drink sugar water from a special bottle.
Such unique entertainment will certainly bring an unforgettable experience not only to children but also to adults.
It is worth mentioning that the best time to visit the Rocklands Bird Sanctuary is in the early morning or late evening.
It is during this time period will you feel completely at one with nature and will be able to listen to the birds singing in complete silence.
“Holy Crap! The good thing about this is that you go so fast it’s over in no time. The bad thing is that you go so fast you don’t really notice when you end up in a see-through tube surrounded by sharks. I let out a blood curdling scream all the way down.”
From the top of the water slide, you won’t necessarily notice the hidden under the water tunnel, but it does get scary as you slide down and end up being among water predators.
For those who love to gamble and playpoker, you will find a casino at the Atlantis complex, which is among the largest in the Caribbean resorts.
National Marine Park, Bonaire, The Caribbean Netherlands 🇧🇶
The Caribbean island of Bonaire is surrounded by an extended coral reef and since 1979 it has the status of National Marine Park.
The history of protection of its marine environment began with the protection of turtles, a coral reef and the prohibition of underwater hunting.
It was here that the first mooring system appeared in the world, allowing ships to moor without using an anchor, and thus not harm the environment.
Marine Park visitors make a contribution of 10 USD (25 USD for divers), which allows the park management to carry out all projects to protect and care for the natural, cultural and historical resources of the island.
The untouched beauty of the nature of the Bonaire Marine Park invariably attracts many tourists.
And the huge diversity of the underwater flora and fauna of the reef makes the park as one of the best places in the Caribbean for snorkelling and diving.
It is worth noting that you are not allowed to dive with the special permission of the administration but if you get a unique chance to see the local underwater world, then it is totally worth it.
The most attractive places to dive are the neighbourhoods near the Pink Beach coast, as well as Salt Pier, where you can observe the Hilma Hooker – a famous shipwreck.
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