Regions of Cuba - Travel Guide
Located in the eastern region of Cuba, Las Tunas has recently begun to develop its tourist attractions after having been focused upon cattle raising and sugar cane for the last few centuries.
The first tourist facility is located at Covarrubias Beach. Its 120 rooms represent a good start for the tourist industry of the province. Las Tunas features 35 excellent beaches along its 265-kilometer-long coastline. All of them are blessed with crystal-clear waters, white sands and coral reefs. Acity like Puerto Padre—one of the most famous and beguiling urban centers in the country—adds another dimension to the region's tourist attractions.
Puerto Padre began to be inhabited as far back as 1869 and was the scene of important battles during the struggle for national independence during the Ten Years War. One the largest sugar mills in the country is also located nearby.
Remarkable historic sites related to the war of independence and to national culture are spread all over this eastern province. Among them are Fuerte de la Loma national monument, a fort built by Spanish troops to fend off the actions of mambises, Cuba's independent army. Another significant monument was erected as a tribute to poet Juan José Nápoles Fajardo, “El Cucalambé”.
Las Tunas is the ninth-largest
and the tenth-most-populated province in Cuba. Its economy is mainly
based upon the sugar-cane industry and cattle raising. Its incipient
industrial development was suddenly curtailed by the Special Period that
has affected the entire nation since the early 1990s.
Las Tunas has a rich
history in the sugar-cane industry, an activity imposed by its former Spanish
rulers. However, residents are trying to branch out into other economic
fields despite a shortage of natural resources. The vast human potential
of the province is its major resource. The people of Las Tunas
have a reputation for treating visitors and friends alike with warm hospitality
and an abundance of good cheer.
Updated August 20, 2000
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