Santiago de Cuba
You can take Santiago de Cuba in one of two ways: a hot, aggravating city full of hustlers and hassle that'll have you gagging to get on the first bus back to Havana; or a glittering cultural capital that has played an instrumental part in the evolution of Cuban literature, music, architecture, politics and ethnology.
Pinar del Río Province
Rust-red soil, well-tended fields of tobacco, Chevrolets and Buicks rattling along rutted roads: the images of bucolic Pinar del Río Province are Cuban to the core. Situated on the island's western extremity and within easy reach of the capital Habana, the 'Garden of Cuba', as picturesque Pinar is often called, has been attracting visitors for decades.