Camagüey Travel Guide

  • Camagüey
    by elsadran
  • Camagüey
    by elsadran
  • Camagüey
    by elsadran

Camagüey Things to Do

  • Cafe Literario "La Comorca"

    On my way to the Casino one day, I came upon a nice cafe, which I visited almost every day afterwards. It is located opposite a small park and has nice tables outside. It houses art exhibitions of painters or students of Arts so it is frequented by artists, writers and a lot of students. Coffee costs only a few cuban pesos.It is near the Casino....

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  • Cafe Cuidad

    I liked this cafe very much especially the patio at the back , with some interesting decoration. I liked its elegant style and the photowall, depicting the city streets in older times. I liked it when I ordered hot chocolate, and they brought me a glass of hot milk and a small tray with 5 delicious pieces of quality chocolate, to put in. It was...

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  • Plaza del Carmen

    This charming plaza with the baroque-style Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Carmen, is surrounded with rows of small colourful colonial houses. It is a peaceful place where you can see the interesting bronze sculptures of locals in their daily life occupations. You may also be able to visit the Ursuline Convent next to the church with the arched patio...

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  • Plaza de los Trabajadores

    This Plaza was initially called Plaza de la Merced, named after the impressive church that dominates the square. Actually there is nothing special about this square. It is surrounded by other tall buildings , banks and the central Post.The massive brick Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de La Merced was built in the 18th century, in an eclectic...

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  • Plaza de San Juan de los Dios

    The large square-shaped Plaza San Juan de Dios is very picturesque with carefully restored houses around, painted in nice colours. On the eastern side there is the 17th-century church and the Museum of San Juan de Dios, formerly a hospital. It is a peaceful place but there is nowhere to sit and rest, only the arcaded doorsteps and a few tables in...

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  • Ignacio Agramonte

    Ignacio Agramonte was born in 1841. He studied Law in Spain and Havana. He later married the love of his life Amalia Simoni. When the uprising of Camaguey against the Spanish started, he immediately joined the war and led many successful battles. He was killed in battle in 1873 .He even gave his name to the citizens of Camagüey as they are also...

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  • Parque Ignacio Agramonte

    This square is the oldest in town and has witnessed the brutal executions of independence fighters. Trees and benches make it a pleasant spot for relaxation. In the center of it, the statue of the Independence War hero General Ignacio Agramonte reminds of the glorious moments of Cuban history.One of the sides is occupied by the elegant Cathedral...

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  • Ignacio Agramonte's Legacy!

    Ignacio Agramonte, born in 1841 in Camaguey province, is a local hero and revolutionary leader from the first War of Independence with Spain. He has quite a track record, and is dubbed "the daredevil of the Wars of Independence" for his "attack now, think later" style involving taking on rows of enemies virtually unarmed, or jumping into battle...

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  • La Iglesia de la Soledad

    La Iglesia de la Soledad is another beautiful, historic and centrally located church in Camaguey. Local revolutionary hero Ignacio Agramonte was both baptized and married there. You can see it from most of the downtown streets, sort of like a watchtower. The site has had a church on it since 1697, but the church that's there now was built in 1758....

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  • Explore on Foot!

    Part of the intrigue of Camaguey is it's unique urban layout; if you have a day or two there, it's worth taking some time to just wander around. Designed to confuse and irritate pirates, the streets of Camaguey don't follow your typical grid pattern, but twist and turn into each other and open into different squares and plazas.We started on the...

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  • Need Internet?

    Most books and sites we read before leaving listed available Internet access at Islazul, and at the Hotel Colon. When we visited Camaguey in May 2007, neither of these places had Internet access anymore.We did find Internet access at a large telecommunications store on Repulblica, a block or so from Hotel Colon on Republica e/ San Jose y San...

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  • La Iglesia Nuestra Senora de la Merced

    Head through the centre of town one block off Maceo and you'll find La Iglesia Nuestra Senora de la Merced. It's one of the most beautiful and my favorite of the old churches in Camaguey. If I remember, the story is that one day, back in the 17th century when the plaza was still under water, the people of the town started hearing some rumbles and...

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Camagüey Hotels

  • Islazul Gran Hotel

    Maceo 64 e/ General Gomez e Ignacio Agramonte, Camaguey, Cuba, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Islazul Hotel Colon

    Marvelous - cuban music till late in the evening Breakfast early morning - nice bar and Pina Colada...

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Camagüey Restaurants

  • Beyond awful

    There's an 'Italian' place on Maceo (the curved drag in the city centre) in which I ordered a plate of spaghetti. Naively, I sat back to relax while expecting to wait 10 - 15 mins for my dish to be cooked. The plated spaghetti was in front of me in 60 secs with some tomato sauce poured on that tasted like it was poured directly from a carton and...

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  • Parador de los Tres Reyes

    This impressive restaurant is located in San Juan de Dios Square, next to La Campana de Toledo. They both belong to the same owners.Parador de los Tres Reyes, is housed in a former private residence built in the typical Camagüey style of the 18th century.Their specialties are grilled sausage with toasted bread. Draft Beer is served.Starters come at...

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  • La Campana de Toledo

    La Campana de Toledo was once a house of a prominent notary. Its interior and its architectural style are wonderful. The colors are a pleasure to the eye. It combines perfectly the modern with the traditional.Its transcultural cuisine includes Indian, Spanish, African dishes, which finally resulted in Camagüey's cuisine.Its specialty is stuffed pot...

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  • Laid back, cheap and tasty

    We came across this tavern on our first visit into the city centre of Camaguey, and after a whole morning of hot bus travel we were starving. This place has these long bar-style bench tables extending onto Republica street that make it a nice place to drink a slightly-watery-but-good mojito, chill out and watch the busy street.The menu has lots of...

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  • Hotel Restaurants are all the same...

    By the second day we were in Camaguey, clouds filled the sky and rain came pouring down. Since we stayed a little ways out of the city centre and didn't want to get soaked, we decided to have a quick lunch at the restaurant in the nearby Hotel Colon.It was an oddly uncomfortable 45 minutes. We were pretty sure the restaurant was closed, but they...

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  • Paladares restaurant

    The paladares we visited - taxied by bike cycles - just the basic - a poor but CLEAN entrance - some cages for the pet and some cages for the birds !But very nice people and - excellent food Lobster - well prepared in a special sauce - some local drinks the inhabitants had to order and buy in the closest shop - after the delicious meal a private...

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Camagüey Nightlife

  • Nightlife in Camagüey

    I enjoyed nightlife in Camagüey so much! The city is fully awake in the evening with so many places for music, dancing and socializing... Sometimes we started our evening on the roof bar of Gran Hotel on Maceo street with the amazing night views, which views are equally great during the day,too.. The mojitos there are very good and it's fun...

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  • You're all invited!

    Every Saturday night, Camagueyans take to Maceo Street and party. There's salsa dancing and live music, and an added perk is that it's free! We checked it out earlier on in the night and had a good time watching the dancing and chatting with locals, but since it was starting to really rain we headed off a little earlier than we otherwise would...

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  • Camagüey Hotels

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Camagüey Transportation

  • Take A Tricycle Ride Around The Old...

    An easy way of negotiating the maze of narrow streets in the old part of Camaguey is to hire one of the many young men with their tricycles.The tricycle seats two passengers,and for 10 cuc (about £6.50) he will take you around town,stopping at any places of interest for photo taking etc.Our ride lasted about 1 hour and at the end we were dropped...

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  • Viazul!

    "Viazul" is the tourist-oriented long distance bus service offering trips to and from many cities in Cuba. They're a pretty comfortable smooth ride, and we watched Bad Boys II in Spanish!! The buses we took also stopped now and then for food and bathroom breaks.A trip from Havana to Camaguey is about 36.00 CUC and will take about 8 hours; Santiago...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Camagüey Local Customs

  • Tinajones

    Tinajones are rounded clay earthen pots that were used to transport goods and help solve the area's water shortage by collecting rain. Traditionally they were placed half-buried in the ground so that water would stay cool. People would try to keep up with the quantity and quality of their neighbours' tinajones, eventually also making them a status...

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  • Go for lunch or diner - PARTICULAR

    Local people will invite you to have diner or lunch at their private accomodations - just go for it - no danger - just excellent food and atmosphere !Cost : the average - quality : better than in the government restaurants - so what ?People in the picture : just 6 satisfied belgian people looking for a new adventures in this beautiful country !

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  • Music and Cuban songs

    Having lunch or diner in Cuba - the food itself is acceptable - the highlight is always a local band playing/singing and amusing the guests. Pay a special fee or buy their CD's at an average price of 15US dollarsAlways a rememberance never to forget !

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Camagüey What to Pack

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    by Darkwind Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Bag packing would be a good idea,and very easy for the long ride there!!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Summer stuff,sandals or hiking shoes!!

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Camagüey Off The Beaten Path

  • Visit the rural areas, let animals visit...

    We stayed in and explored mostly rural neighbourhoods, like La Vigia, 9 de Abril and Guernica. Most of the houses, especially as you approach the outskirts of the city are clearly farming operations, and there are animals like roosters and donkeys walking right beside you. It's a much different feel than the more urban areas; small houses in big...

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  • Transit station - Rancho Toa

    Transit station upon the way to CienfuegosA nice little place with a private bar - offering local cocktails of fresh fruit - mixed with rum if you want.Price : average a dollar - as usual in CubaLook at the trees - just marvelous and representing for some Cubans the power of God. (Royal Palm tree)

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  • Local market

    Visiting a foreign country is visiting the local markets to know more about the way of living.I did it in Camagüey - in Habana and this was so impressive to see that there are two kinds of market places on the same spot.A gouvernment market where the choice is limited and payable by pesos.Next to it the non gouvernment market - more choice but...

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Camagüey Favorites

  • Narrow City Streets

    I was told Camaguey was built with extra twisty streets to confuse pirates. It's a beautiful city to relax in and get to know some locals. I met a wonderful Cuban lady here who introduced me to her family and friends.

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  • Nueitas, was one of the most...

    Nueitas, was one of the most important Havens all around the country and a major industrianl town with a pop of about 35.000 people till 1989.Nowadays the ramshackle townlooks as if it has suffered through four decades of devastation and desolation.I grew up there when it was a happy place!! The melancolic look of a beloved town!!the sadness left...

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