7 Adventurous Things to do in Cuba

Alejandro de Humboldt National Park

In the wake of President Obama’s historical visit to Cuba this week, I wanted to share a story that I wrote and published on the Outdoor and Adventure Travel page for About.com listing 7 adventurous things to do in the Caribbean country. Cuba isn’t usually considered much of an adventure destination, but it turns out there are some good things to do there for active travelers.

Amongst the activities that I recommend is making the 2-3 day trek to the summit of Pico Turquino, the tallest peak on the island at 1974 meters (6476 feet). Obviously this isn’t a mountain that challenges you with altitude, but it has two different routes to the summit that pass through dense forest along the way. It is a good opportunity to see some of the island’s natural wonders along the way.

Other options include snorkeling and scuba diving on some pristine coral reefs, taking a cycling tour of the island, and surfing off Cuba’s coastline. There are also suggestions for visiting a national park, sailing through Cuba’s storied waters, and more.

Now that Cuba is opening up to visitors, I’m sure more American’s will be visiting in the months and years ahead. If you’re looking for a few suggestions on things to do while there, hopefully this list will give you an idea of what to expect.

Kraig Becker