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Most tourists zip nonstop along the Via Blanca highway between the city of Havana and Varadero Beach. A few resorts exist at Playa Jibacoa on the way, but most travelers cross the Puente Bacunayagua into Matanzas Province without delay. Other take the autopista (divided highway) to Pinar del Rio, and they too usually don't realize they've crossed another province.

The Province of Havana doesn't include the city of Havana. Instead it's a broad stretch of rolling or flat countryside largely covered by sugarcane which is used to feed the country's largest rum factory at Santa Cruz del Norte. In the west, Mariel is best remembered for the 135,000 economic migrants who passed through the city's port northbound in April 1980.

All the photos on Cuba-Pictures.com are by David Stanley, original author of Lonely Planet Cuba.
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A sign on the Via Blanca between Matanzas and
Havana welcomes travelers to Havana Province.
Cuba welcomes visitors. This Caribbean country offers a unique and very different travel experience.

Puente Bacunayagua on the Via Blanca is Cuba's longest bridge.

A steam locomotive hauling a sugarcane train near Mariel.

The bridge at El Salado on the coastal road to Mariel.

The Havana Club rum factory at Santa Cruz del Norte.

A queue to buy the morning newspaper at a kiosk in Artemisa.

Motherhood monument in front of a church, San Antonio de los Banos.

Rio Ariguanabo behind Hotel Las Yagrumas, San Antonio de los Banos.

La Quintica, a riverside recreation center at San Antonio de los