Photos of Charming Old Cuba

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Updated August 9, 2016 / João Leitão / 22 Comments / Filed in: / Reading time 11 minutes
Upper view of Trinidad UNESCO city

Upper view of Villa de la Santísima Trinidad – a UNESCO city in Cuba

Cuba is a fascinating country with a cheerful and interesting culture.

A trip to Cuba will be engraved in your memory forever.

Cuba is an easy country to travel, people are friendly and you can safely move around everywhere all by yourself.

I had the opportunity to travel around the island for a month and explore a bit of all its more touristic places as well as its secret spots.

Basically I drove around the island on a rent-a-car, visiting Cuba best destinations including the most remote beaches and villages.

Blue window and yellow building in Trinidad

Blue window and yellow building in Trinidad

I advise everyone to visit Cuba, and experience an unique travel destination.

It seems, due to recent political changes, that Cuba is turning out to be gradually different from what it used to be.

So on this page I invite you to enjoy 142 images of the Cuba we all gonna miss – the Cuba still held by Socialism, Castro’s brothers and stricken by international embargo policies.

I hope you enjoy.

Inspiring photos from charming old Cuba

Old Ford truck in Havana

Old Ford truck in Havana

Havana is a very nice city, mixing tropical vibes with colonial Spanish architecture. Havana old town is very pretty and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was the sixth town founded by the Spanish on the island. Not to be missed are the Paseo de Martí, the Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta, Old Havana, the Havana Cathedral and the Castillo de la Real Fuerza.

Havana Cathedral in Plaza De Armas

Havana Cathedral in Plaza De Armas

Young Women with Traditional Cuban Clothing in Plaza De Armas Havana

Young Women with Traditional Cuban Clothing in Plaza De Armas Havana

Huge Cuban flag in Havana

Huge Cuban flag in Havana

Kitchen boiling potato in Old Havana

Kitchen boiling potato in Old Havana

Red Cadillac in Havana

Red Cadillac in Havana

Cuban boy in Old Havana

Cuban boy in Old Havana

Old Havana Architecture

Old Havana Architecture

Havana Architecture and blue sky

Havana Architecture and blue sky

Inside Havana Cathedral

Inside Havana Cathedral

White Chevrolet and Cuban license plate

White Chevrolet and Cuban license plate

Viva Fidel 80 Mas // Viva Fidel 80 year more in Havana

Viva Fidel 80 Mas // Viva Fidel 80 year more in Havana

Havana fruit market schedule

Havana fruit market schedule

Cuban flags decoration

Cuban flags decoration

Old Havana menu

Old Havana menu

Cuba street sign in Havana

Cuba street sign in Havana

Cuban musicians in Havana

Cuban musicians in Havana

Violin in Havana

Violin in Havana

Old Havana street with National Capitol Building top

Old Havana street with National Capitol Building top

Window detail in Havana

Window detail in Havana

Fruit and vegetable market in old Havana

Fruit and vegetable market in old Havana

Empty shop in old Havana

Empty shop in old Havana

Detail of building in Havana port

Detail of building in Havana port

Havana road in Malecon

Havana road in Malecon

Cuban black American car from the 50's

Cuban black American car from the 50’s

Russian tank outside the Museum of the Revolution in Havana

Russian tank outside the Museum of the Revolution in Havana

Decorated ceiling in Havana

Decorated ceiling in Havana

Malecon avenue water effect in Havana

Malecon avenue water effect in Havana

Revolution Square with Che Guevara face in Havana

Revolution Square with Che Guevara face in Havana

Havana by Night

Havana by Night

El Morro Fortress in Havana

El Morro Fortress in Havana

Varadero Beach crystal water and white sand

Varadero Beach crystal water and white sand

Varadero is probably the most famous beach in the world. Varadero is a city in a narrow neck of land between the Gulf of Mexico and the Bahía de Cárdenas. In this city there are several resort hotels but there are other accommodation options where you can stay and enjoy local’s people company. There are several beach restaurants serving fresh juices and seafood.

Banana shop

Banana shop

Family on motorbike in Cuban countryside

Family on motorbike in Cuban countryside

Countryside Road in Cuba

Countryside Road in Cuba

Iglesia Mayor in Remedios

Iglesia Mayor in Remedios

San Juan de Los Remedios was the first small Cuban town that I visited. After coming from Havana it was good to experience what life is like in a Cuban rural town. You can visit the cultural center to attend dance classes.

Che Guevara and Fidel Castro poster

Che Guevara and Fidel Castro poster

Brigada Trabajo Socialista flag

Brigada Trabajo Socialista flag

Inside clothes recycling workshop in Remedios

Inside clothes recycling workshop in Remedios

Windows in Remedios

Windows in Remedios

Man carrying bread out of truck in Remedios

Man carrying bread out of truck in Remedios

Horse and man on bicycle in Remedios

Horse and man on bicycle in Remedios

Remedios Street scene with red car and woman on a bicycle

Remedios Street scene with red car and woman on a bicycle

Students inside the classroom of a school in Remedios

Students inside the classroom of a school in Remedios

Green window detail in Remedios

Green window detail in Remedios

Church in Remedios

Church in Remedios

Woman in Santa Clara street

Woman in Santa Clara street

Fire trucks in Santa Clara fire station

Fire trucks in Santa Clara fire station

Santa Clara is a small town with some points of interest such as the city center with the Parque de la Iglesia El Carmen and other monuments, churches and the historical armored train. The most famous site in Santa Clara is the Che Guevara Mausoleum.

Che Guevara Mausoleum in Santa Clara

Che Guevara Mausoleum in Santa Clara

Train tracks in Santa Clara

Train tracks in Santa Clara

Hasta la Victoria Siempre / Until Victory Always, Che Guevara sign in Santa Clara

Hasta la Victoria Siempre / Until Victory Always, Che Guevara sign in Santa Clara

Cayo Santa Maria Beach

Cayo Santa Maria Beach

Cayo Santa Maria beach has white sand, crystal clear water and no one is ever there, so you can enjoy the beach all by yourself. Cayo Santa Maria is located a few kilometers from the city of Caibarién, on the north coast of Cuba.

Square and church in Caibarien

Square and church in Caibarien

Caibarien taxi

Caibarien taxi

Caibarién is a small almost abandoned town with old decorated colonial buildings. I saw a magnificent sunset in the port area.

Cuban Beach

Cuban Beach

Caibarien empty street

Caibarien empty street

Guardalavaca sandy beach

Guardalavaca sandy beach

Guardalavaca is a popular beach destination among Cubans. Here many families come to spend holidays. The famous beaches are Playa Guardalavaca, Playa Esmeralda, Playa Don Lino and Playa Bahia de Naranjo.

White American car

White American car

Street in center Baracoa

Street in center Baracoa

Baracoa is a city in Guantánamo Province on the eastern tip of Cuba. Baracoa was founded in August 15, 1511, by the governor of Cuba, the Spanish conquistador Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar. Baracoa is the oldest Spanish settlement in Cuba and was its first capital. It was on this place that Christopher Columbus first landed when he arrived in Cuba.

Door detail with Cuban flag

Door detail with Cuban flag

Cuban pumpkins

Cuban pumpkins

Baracoa street art or wall graffiti

Baracoa street art or wall graffiti

Juice shop in Santiago de Cuba

Juice shop in Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba is an old historical Cuban city where you can enjoy live music bars, dancing and drinking with local people. Santiago de Cuba staircases are famous. The city is very busy and a little polluted but there are several gardens, churches and monuments to visit.

Traditional building in Santiago de Cuba

Traditional building in Santiago de Cuba

Luchar y Trabajar / Fight and Work reminder

Luchar y Trabajar / Fight and Work reminder

Bay of Baracoa

Bay of Baracoa

Blue house detail

Blue house detail

Shipwreck near Baracoa

Shipwreck near Baracoa

Sailing boat in Baracoa

Sailing boat in Baracoa

Baracoa upper view

Baracoa upper view

Black pig

Black pig

Guantanamo street

Guantanamo street

Small fruit shop in Cuba

Small fruit shop in Cuba

Friendly Cuban boys / men

Friendly Cuban boys / men

Free the Five school bus in Guantanamo city

Free the Five school bus in Guantanamo city

Sunset over Santiago de Cuba

Sunset over Santiago de Cuba

Iguana facing the Caribbean Sea in San Pedro de la Roca Fortress

Iguana facing the Caribbean Sea in San Pedro de la Roca Fortress

Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca is a spectacular fortress with fantastic views over the bay. This sixteenth century Spanish fortress is a UNESCO World Heritage site. San Pedro de la Roca castle is located about 10km south of Santiago de Cuba.

Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca Fortress

Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca Fortress

Wild beach in Cuba

Wild beach in Cuba

Facade of The National Shrine Basilica of Nuestra Señora de la Caridad del Cobre

Facade of The National Shrine Basilica of Nuestra Señora de la Caridad del Cobre

Basilica of Nuestra Senora de la Caridad del Cobre is also known as The National Shrine Basilica of Nuestra Señora de la Caridad del Cobre and is located near Santiago de Cuba.

Old American car on Cuban road

Old American car on Cuban road

Tattooed man in Bayamo

Tattooed man in Bayamo

Bayamo is a city with a beautiful historical center. Bayamo was the second of the seven cities founded by Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar and was established in November 5, 1513.

Square with the Parochial Church San Salvador in Bayamo

Square with the Parochial Church San Salvador in Bayamo

Buffalo cart in Cuban countryside

Buffalo cart in Cuban countryside

Nicolas Guillen statue in Camaguey house

Nicolas Guillen statue in Camaguey house

Camaguey is a famous Cuban historical city. Camaguey has beautiful buildings in the historic center such as the church of Nuestra Señora de la Soledad.

Dios es Todo / Good is Everything sign

Dios es Todo / Good is Everything sign

Door sign of Consejo Deportivo San Juan de Dios

Door sign of Consejo Deportivo San Juan de Dios

Old house in Camaguey

Old house in Camaguey

Inside patio of building in Camaguey

Inside patio of building in Camaguey

El Carmen Church in Camaguey

El Carmen Church in Camaguey

Simple house with two chairs

Simple house with two chairs

Detail of a blue door

Detail of a blue door

Empty street in Camaguey

Empty street in Camaguey

Jesu script in old door

Jesu script in old door

Beautiful street in Camaguey center

Beautiful street in Camaguey center

Beautiful street in Camaguey center

Beautiful street in Camaguey center

Statue of Maceo in Camaguey

Statue of Maceo in Camaguey

Center of Camaguey

Center of Camaguey

Black car by the side of the road in Venezuela

Black car by the side of the road in Venezuela

Venezuela village has a small center, a garden, a railway station and many classic cars on the streets. A good example of a small town in the Cuban countryside.

Venezuela center with blue 50's American car

Venezuela center with blue 50’s American car

Silveira town train station

Silveira town train station

Green Cuban car

Green Cuban car

The Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo church in Sancti Spiritus city

The Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo church in Sancti Spiritus city

Sancti Spiritus is a city on the road between Ciego de Ávila and Trinidad, and has the oldest church in Cuba. At the time I visited it there were many festivities talking place, so the streets were filled with people and stalls with food and drinks. The city of Sancti Spiritus was founded by Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar in 1514.

Green field on the way to Baracoa

Green field on the way to Baracoa

Beautiful tropical landscape of Cuba

Beautiful tropical landscape of Cuba

Window of pink house

Window of pink house

Old blue Chevrolet car

Old blue Chevrolet car

Cute Cuban puppy

Cute Cuban puppy

Boys playing soccer on the streets of Trinidad

Boys playing soccer on the streets of Trinidad

Trinidad city was founded in December 23, 1514, by Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar. Its original name is Villa De la Santisima Trinidad. I loved this city, its people, its historical center. Trinidad is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

School window

School window

Cuban names graffiti

Cuban names graffiti

Cuban boxer posing

Cuban boxer posing

Old door detail in Trinidad

Old door detail in Trinidad

Viva Fidel and Raul script with red flower

Viva Fidel and Raul script with red flower

Pink building with blue doors and windows in Trinidad

Pink building with blue doors and windows in Trinidad

Cross and blue windows

Cross and blue windows

Beautiful street scene in the historical city of Trindad

Beautiful street scene in the historical city of Trindad

Wooden door detail in Trinidad

Wooden door detail in Trinidad

Children out of school near San Francisco Church in Trinidad

Children out of school near San Francisco Church in Trinidad

Wooden window and yellow building in Trinidad

Wooden window and yellow building in Trinidad

Inside a classroom of a school in Trinidad

Inside a classroom of a school in Trinidad

San Francisco Church in Trinidad

San Francisco Church in Trinidad

Window and colorful building in Trinidad

Window and colorful building in Trinidad

Trinidad historical city

Trinidad historical city

Cuban Flag on a window in Trinidad

Cuban Flag on a window in Trinidad

White sand in Playa Ancon

White sand in Playa Ancon

Playa de Ancon beach is on the Caribbean Sea, a few kilometers south of the city of Trinidad. Playa de Ancon is famous for its beauty, tranquility, with plenty of palm trees, white sand beaches and crystal clear water.

Playa Ancon in the Caribbean Sea

Playa Ancon in the Caribbean Sea

Wooden green door and blue window with yellow buildin in Trinidad

Wooden green door and blue window with yellow buildin in Trinidad

Holy Trinity Church facade in Trinidad

Holy Trinity Church facade in Trinidad

Sunset over Trinidad city center

Sunset over Trinidad city center

Old American Car in Trinidad

Old American Car in Trinidad

No to Fascism with Bush / Hitler image

No to Fascism with Bush / Hitler image

Pineapple Fruit stall

Pineapple Fruit stall

Cuban Countryside Village

Cuban Countryside Village

Cayo Jutias Beach in Bahia de Santa Lucía

Cayo Jutias Beach in Bahia de Santa Lucía

Cayo Jutias in Bahía de Santa Lucía is a beach in the northern part of the island of Cuba. White sand beaches and crystal clear water. This beach is called Cayo Jutias, which is basically the name of a small island off the coast of Santa Lucía.

Sunset over Viñales village

Sunset over Viñales village

Viñales is a very nice place west of Havana. Viñales is a UNESCO World Heritage site that has a natural park, several caves, rocky mountains and jungle. Apart from the fantastic landscapes, Viñales village is also very nice, quiet and has beautiful sunsets.

Road into Viñales National Park

Road into Viñales National Park

Jungle in Viñales region

Jungle in Viñales region

Buffalo in Viñales region

Buffalo in Viñales region

Mountain in Viñales region

Mountain in Viñales region

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We (3 of us) are leaving early Nov 2016 and have researched at all angles. Your photos help me greatly sense the buildings, people and life style we will be experiencing. Thank you many time over

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hey there! thank you for your feedback. I’m glad my Cuba blog post was somehow useful for you. Enjoy your travel.

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What a great tour of Cuba

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Interesting pictures of Old Cuba. Nicely shot. Thanks for sharing.

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Thank you for your comment Christian. Hope to have you back to my website soon.

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Great Post! I love the colorful pictures!

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Thank you for your comment Stella. I’m glad you enjoy color as much as I do!

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Cuban travel has already changed so much, but it’s always lovely to see such great photos. I think the next few years will be a huge change for Cuba as Americans begin flooding the shores searching for these exact images.

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These pictures are wonderful. Gives me some insight as to what I can expect. Good job.

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If these pictures don’t make you want to go to Cuba right this second, then nothing will. Gorgeous photos of a vibrant, richly textured country. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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Great pics! I plan to go soon for 3 weeks or so and i want to rent a car but im a little nervous- Can i get stuck without gas? with no cellphone or internat service there what am i supposed to do if something breaks in the car?
I know it seems like petty things to think about but it worries me a lot.

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Hey there thank you so much for your comment. Look, basically if your car breaks down, you’ll have to wait until someone passes and ask for help. Easy. Many times I did this during my travels while on a car. If you have to leave the car alone, take your bag with you. People will help you and try to solve your problem. Enjoy!

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Awesome pics my friend, I have no plans to visit Cuba shortly but I wanna do something similar. Cheers from Dublin.

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Hello! thank you for your comment! that would be amazing if you could visit Cuba. cheers from Ouarzazate! abraço do power

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Great photos as usual, João. Some inspiration for my upcoming trip in May. Did you drive around the country? I was looking into driving but it seems a bit hard to find positive experiencies from other fellow travelers. Maybe it’s time to start planning…

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Hello Hugo thank you for your visit. Yes I did rent a car in Cuba and drove all around the island. I’m trying to get together an article about it. Hug all the way from Ouarzazate!

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hey Martin thank you for your comment. Definitely Cuba has to be included on your must go places. Also, I guess that things in Cuba are going to change, but now as fast as we might think. You can’t change a country that fast right? big hug

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What a great tour of Cuba, I don’t think travelers will find the same iconic images ten years from now. Your post reminded me to move Cuba higher on my list of places to visit.

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Lovely photos, you have captured so many sides of Cuba! You were very lucky to have a month to explore – Grace

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hello Grace welcome back! I really appreciate that you follow my blog. Indeed one month to explore Cuba was great, although I’m thinking on going back again, probably this year 2015. big kiss

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