Follow Diana’s Lead and Take up a Challenge in Cuba

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Diana Nyad’s recent achievements in Cuba should be enough to inspire even the least adventurous ladies out there to take up a few challenges of their own on holiday – the 64-year-old recently became the first swimmer to swim the 110 miles from Cuba to Florida without the protection of a shark cage. Definite girl power! So if you’re interested in heading over that way on your next trip, we have three action-packed suggestions that might just tickle your fancy.

Scuba Diving in Jardines de la Reina

Thanks to its pinnacle position in the warm Caribbean Sea, Cuba is the perfect place to explore life under the shoreline, and since you can find some fantastic, cheap holidays to Cuba through great deals online, why not make 2013 the year you do just that? Jardines de la Reina is located just south of the main island and boasts a huge arena of varied marine life. Keen scuba divers will be able to see miles of unspoilt coral and underwater caverns, as well as giant turtles, sting rays and dozens of different fish. And if you’re brave enough for some shark diving, there’s no better place since the waters of Jardines de la Reina are home to seven different species. The intrepid Ms Nyad must have been more than a little nervous!

Mountain Trekking in Viñales

Girls looking for the best scenery Cuba has to offer should look no further than this stunning mountain range. Cuba plays host to some of the most beautiful, unspoilt landscapes in the Caribbean. The national parks of the country are fantastic in terms of outdoor activities and Viñales is amongst the best. It has been set up with a number of great accessibility features to make getting around that bit easier, but you can still lose yourself completely within this cave-filled countryside. You can also see some of the famed tobacco plantations in the area. If you want to make the most of your visit, it’s advisable to hire a guide, who can show you all the hidden hotspots that most tourists miss out on.

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Exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Sites

For something a little less action-packed, but just as thrilling, visiting at least a few of Cuba’s nine World Heritage Sites is a must. Each one is packed with exciting sights; in particular Old Havana. Old Havana is home to a number of outstanding pieces of architecture including cathedrals and theatres built during the Baroque and Neoclassical eras. The city of Trinidad is also worth a visit. You can see the old sugar mills and tobacco plantations as well as San Pedro de la Roca Castle, which was built in the 17th century to protect the important port town of Santiago. It’s one of the best preserved examples of Spanish-American architecture from the period.

Wherever you end up, you’re sure to have a fantastic time in this stunningly beautiful country. And if you book in advance you can get some great deals on flights and hotels!

Images by kayugee and potomo used under creative commons license

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Kelly Lewis is the founder of Go! Girl Guides, the Women's Travel Fest and Damesly. She's an optimist, an adventurer, an author and works to help women travel the world.

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