Enigmatic Towns of the Caribbean: The Jewels beyond the Exotic Beaches

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There’s more to Caribbean than just beaches, the Caribbean are incredibly famous for pristine white sands alongside coastal waters and up-market resorts with moored yachts. But the charisma of the Caribbean towns is second to none, some have older history than that of pilgrims, cobbled avenues gazing out of gleaming waters and enough attractions to justify hanging around in the town, away from the sublime stretches of sand.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

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The Cathedral of San Juan Batista is the second oldest building in San Juan. The Roman Catholic church also contains the remains of famous explorer Ponce de Léon. (Robert K. Hamilton/Baltimore Sun)

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You will be surprised to know that San Juan’s history is about a century old, from the time Mayflower reached the Americas. The majestic Puerto Rican Capital has enough amusements that can fill a weekend’s delight. The cobblestoned boulevards of Old San Juan are marked with Cafes, eateries and hotels and two old glorious forts; a six-floor El Morro and the Fuerte San Cristobal which has an intricate system of tunnels. San Juan also has a flourishing scene of art, free salsa tutorials in the clubs and sumptuous dining in the flamboyant SoFo district on Fortaleza St, and hypnotizing shorelines below the city walls. For a break from the city’s bustle, take a day long hike in the verdant rainforest near to El Yunque.

Havana, Cuba

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Havana is now a cliché on the world tourism scene, and rightly so, this wonderful town has endless monuments that people don’t get tired enchanting them. Meandering in the tumbling grandeur of old Havana feels like you have entered a movie world of 1950’s. Old generations of Cadillac and Ford cars swoosh through the potholed colonial avenues producing ethereal combination of vibrantly painted buildings and cars. The chic and the flamboyant crowd of Casa de la Musica has become a legend. Savoring a locally grown coffee is one of the favorite evening pastimes of the locals. All these activities go hand in hand with sheer luxurious interiors, for instance, the rooms of Hostal Condes de Villanueva   where rooms with colored glass overlook a private courtyard.

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