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Camagüey

The city of Camagüey, a UNESCO world heritage sites since 2008, has the largest and best-preserved original historic nucleus in Cuba. The spirit of past centuries is present in its colorful streets and charming colonial squares (such as Plaza San Juan de Dios and Plaza del Carmen). If you wander away from the main thoroughfare, the streets will feel as dreamy and surreal as a coulisse for a theatre piece. The commercial hub (the streets of Maceo and Republica) is swarming with life. When you are looking for a place to rest, the Agramonte park, next to the Cathedral, is an excellent choice.

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If you have a spare day in Camagüey, it is well worth paying a visit to the nearby Santa Lucía beach on the northern coast of the Camagüey province. A long coral reef with fine sandy beaches bathed by turquoise waters offers you 35 scuba diving sites with a wealth of underwater flora and fauna. And if you visit Cayo Sabinal, you can explore the ruins of the San Hilario Fort and the Columbus Lighthouse.