Cuba has always been a sought-after destination for curious, adventurous travelers. It’s so close to the USA that 64-year-old Diana Nyad managed to swim between the two, yet at the same time the country has always held a mysterious appeal and allure. Its complex history, politics, and geography have created a culture and way of life that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Some would say that it is a timeless place. And for mainlanders, it is the closest destination to experience the novelties of the Latin American culture.
The people are kind and light-hearted, fashioned from something truly unique. The challenges and hardships they face so often has given them a resilient energy that keeps them moving forward as though nothing is in their way. They are some of the most innovative, hard-working, and optimistic people you will ever meet.
Cuba is well-known for its amazing landscapes, vibrant culture, and unique biodiversity. According to the new Endemic Birds of Cuba: A Comprehensive Field Guide, 371 birds have been recorded in Cuba, including 26 which are endemic to the island and 30 which are considered globally threatened. Due to its large land area and geographical position within the Caribbean, Cuba is also extraordinarily important for Neotropical migratory birds—more than 180 species pass through during migration or spend the winter on the island.
Have a look through our recommendations of some of the best spots in Cuba to enjoy a birding adventure. From the largest forested mountain ecosystem in the entire Caribbean at Alexander de Humboldt National Park on the east end of the island, to the expansive wetlands at Zapata Swamp, to the far, remote western end of the island, the Guanahacabibes Peninsula, here we offer you the best birds, places to stay, and local guides to help make your Cuban birding experience unforgettable.