Havana, the Cuban tourist destination par excellence, includes in its geography options characterized by a diversity which combines the sea with other natural attractions.
The city is rich in traditions, architectural jewels and culture; and a Caribbean climate surrounds a great number of attractive tourist facilities closely linked with the environment.
Vacationers prefer the leisure facilities located in the vicinity of the Malecón, one of the main avenues in Havana, which extends alongside the city's seafront.
Precisely, the Habana Riviera hotel is located on this avenue and has several decades of experience in the island’s tourist industry.
The 350 rooms of the hotel, with all the necessary facilities to enjoy a comfortable stay, are always ready to welcome visitors who prefer this facility; many of the rooms offer the added attraction of a view to the Caribbean Sea.
The Nacional Hotel, regarded as a classic of the tourist sector in Cuba, and recently declared as a National Monument; also enjoys a privileged position from where the coastline can be enjoyed.
This facility is included among the 10 Palace hotels in the world; and it was the only five-star hotel in the Caribbean during the 1930's and the 1950's.
Meanwhile, nature options can be found in the National Botanic Garden which is regarded by many as a real tropical paradise in the island.
The garden was started to be developed in 1968 and it was opened to the public in 1994; it has an extension of 600 hectares where the areas are properly distributed in phyto-geographic zones, special collections, exhibition areas and recreational spaces.
In addition, the garden exhibits 120 hectares with a representation of seven primary vegetative formations of Cuban plains and hills, including coastline bushes, dry forests, woods, knolls, black olive and palm woods; forests from the eastern area of the country, piney woods and winding vegetation.
Other areas in the garden show collections of the tropical flora from Australia, Oceania, Asia, Africa, South America, Central America, the Antilles and Mexico.
This natural treasure keeps live collections with more than 4,000 species; as well as indoor facilities to exhibit different types of vegetation, ranging from desert and semi-desert environments to tropical rain forests.