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10 Best Outdoor Activities in Cuba 2021

Cuba is the Queen of islands that rules over the 3 most iconic water bodies including the Carrebian Sea, Gulf of Mexico & Atlantic Ocean. After such an exotic location, obviously, you can’t question its water-sport collection, but what about other must-try outdoor activities in Cuba? Yes, smarty pants! You guessed it right that’s what this blog is all about. You can browse endlessly, sneaking all the websites to get the information regarding the adrenaline-pumping tours of Cuba! Or you can just scroll a little bit more to find a brief list of the top 10 adventures in Cuba with an extra dose of best venues to book such adventures according to your location & budget. Sounds more convenient! Then, Let’s scroll it smarty pants!

List of 10 Thriller Activities in Cuba To Enjoy




1. Caving

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Caving

Cuba is immensely famous for its extensive cave systems. You don’t wanna miss the cherry on the cake after all!  The town of Viñales in Cuba has some of the best adventures to enjoy. Especially, The Gran Caverna de Santo Tomás, near Viñales, is regarded as Cuba’s largest cavern, possessing around 46km of galleries, with guided tours. This famous outdoor activity in Cuba also allows you to explore The Cueva de Los Peces, near Playa Girón, which is a flooded colorful sinkhole best-suited for snorkeling activities. Don’t forget to observe the the world’s largest stalagmite at Cueva Martín Infierno in Cienfuegos Province of Cuba.

Best Places to Find: Gran Caverna de Santo Tomás, Viñales & Cueva Martín Infierno in Cienfuegos Province of Cuba

2. Fishing

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Fishing

All the Hemingway fans will already know why fishing of all the adventures is the top outdoor activity in Cuba you mustn’t miss! Alike the iconic writer, you will also be mesmerized by the coastal beauty of this city. Cuba’s northern coast is the top site for sailfish, tuna, mackerel, swordfish, barracuda, marlin, and shark fishing. Deep-sea fishing is a popular angling sport that is served amicably at Cayo Guillermo, a small island that was also featured in Hemingway’s epic ‘Islands in the Stream’ piece of an oeuvre. It is approximately CUC$310 per half-day for four people to go for angling including the crew and open bar.

Best Places to Find: Cayo Guillermo

Read More: Famous Monuments of Cuba

3. Trekking

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Trekking

If there’s any good way to witness the natural beauty of Cuba, then climbing is the perfect sport you must rely on! It is one of the best adventures in Cuba that can make your daily walks more exciting. On a trek to the summit of Pico Turquino- the tallest peak on the island, expanding to approximately 6,476 feet into the air, you receive some of the spectacular views of the entire island. It takes around 2-3 days to complete the trek. Though all the seasons are perfect to tour in Cuba, yet you can choose to trek here in the dry season, which begins in October and ends in May of Cuba.

Best Places to Find: Summit of Pico Turquino




4. Suba Diving

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Scuba Diving

Give chance to Scuba in Cuba! I know super lame but the extended reef system of Cuba’s Waterworld isn’t! Jardines de la Reina, a renowned archipelago in the southern part of the country is one of the unexplored regions that you must visit once. Make sure you book for this exciting adventure sport in Cuba with advance tickets.  Only 1,200 people are allowed to visit annually, to secure the ecological sanctity of this island.  Whereas for the boat diving sessions visit Isla de la Juventud and Cayo Largo to experience the thunder of water beneath.

Best Places to Find: Jardines de la Reina archipelago

5. Sailing Adventure

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sailing adventure

If going beneath is not your style how about riding above? (I know this can sound super dirty) Well, I am talking about sailing in Cuba. Those massive ships are nothing but a  floating resort where nothing thriller is supposed to happen. But, sailing a boat behind the 20 marinas or nautical centers located around the island is definitely going to tingle your adventure flakes.

Best Places to Find: G Adventures (tour provider centre in Cuba) offers numerous sailing facilities 

Read More:  Major Cities in Cuba

6. Surfing

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Surfing

Surfing is super famous around the country’s eastern seaboard in Cuba. The tropical lows arrange fabulous swells from August through mid-November perfect for surfing. Whereas, the northern side of  Cuba is blessed with surfing-friendly waves from December to March. The surfing scene is growing quickly in Cuban adventure sports itineraries. So make no more delay & book your own surf-side in Cuba.

Best Places to Find: Yumuri near Baracoa, Cuba




7. Cycling Tour

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Cycling Tour

Cycling is the best way to explore a city from its local lens. Not only, you save a lot of money from the expensive commutes but cycling is also a wonderful way to interact with the local communities. An eight-day itinerary is offered by a famous Canadian travel company G Adventures that allows travelers to explore the island, ending the tour at Havana. You’ll explore Playa Larga, Viñales, Santa Clara & many more popular attractions along the way. You can even find hotels lending bikes for about CUC$3 to CUC$7 per day. 

Best Places to Find: G Adventures Bike Centre to book thriller bike tours

8. Kiteboarding

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Kiteboarding

If surfing & paragliding were supposed to have a baby, that’s what Kiteboarding would look like! This is a popular outdoor activity in Cuba, that you can enjoy at Playa Santa Lucía and Guardalavaca. Whereas, the Havana Kiteboarding Club manages operations in Havana, Cayo Guillermo, and Guardalavaca offering spectacular kiteboarding adventures well-suited for all the sports enthusiasts. You can even find 3-hour basic courses that cost around CUC$150, and equipment rental starts at CUC$35 an hour.

Best Places to Find:  Playa Santa Lucía, Guardalavaca & Cayo Guillermo

Read More: Most Visited Monuments in Havana

9. Kayaking

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Kayaking

Kayaking as an adventure sport is pretty low-key in Cuba. It is more of a side sport that people enjoy while visiting the beach. Especially the tourist beaches have Náutica points that rent out simple kayaks, to have a nice peaceful ride along the shorelines of Cuban breath-taking beaches. You can try out this outdoor activity of Cuba with your beloved partner as a way to sort things out ‘peacefully’. Trust me this works!

Best Places to Find: Playa Larga & Peninsula de Zapata in Havanna, Cuba

10. Horseback Riding

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Hourse riding

A vacation turns more refreshing when someone else has to do the walking! Of course, you wish to find the most thriller adventures. But, not everything time you have to pursue them on your own right? Whereas, the long-standing cowboy culture of Cuba can lend you a supporting hand, or let’s say 4 limbs! To explore the best places on the island. Major renowned places of Cuba offer guided horseback riding tours, usually for around CUC$6 per hour. It is definitely the best outdoor activity in Cuba you can enjoy with your friends.

Best Places to Find: Florencia in Ciego de Ávila Province and Hacienda la Belén in Camagüey Province.

Read More: Carnivals and Events in Cuba




Hope you find the above-mentioned list of 10 thriller sports in Cuba, helpful enough to enjoy, your vacations infused with a perfect dash of adventure. Surely, vacations are all about relaxing but if you had to slouch already then, your own bedroom was up for it! Don’t waste your tours just lying over the resort’s chairs. Make the most out of your tours & try out the famous outdoor activities in Cuba that can tickle your bones & make your hearts go crazy for beating! For more engaging blogs like these visit Adequate travel. 

Navya Upadhyay

I am Navya, a Travel guide at Adequate travel. Here I am sharing my Journey experiences which can be helpful to you while planning your trips.

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