Camagüey Travel Guide

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Camagüey Things to Do

  • 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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  • Casa Natal

    On the left the Casa Natal de Ignacio Agramonte - the famous patriot died in a battle in 1873 at the age of 32.Actually a museum showing the original furniture and a lot of documents concerning the war of independance - some personal belongings like his 36 calibre Colt pistol and the piano of his wife Amalia SimoneLook at the balconary on the 3th...

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  • Streets

    It is always nice to stroll around in the streetslook at the colors - look at the architecture - so simpel, but so warmA typical colonial house - The facade of many houses in Cuba has a large central door, cut in for easy access and one or two windows - slightly above ground floor.Most of them are recently renovated and painted in nice colors

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  • Camagüey - Plaza San Juan de Dios

    A historical marketplace to visit !Plaza San Juan de dios-known for it's well preserved Colonial architecture !While visiting this place - there where some children - waiting for their parents - after working time !! They just put their legs out of the window with grills And my camera was ready !!This square is commonly known as Plaza del Padro...

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  • Another street scenary

    Those houses reminds me on my Trinidad trip.Excellent buildings - so colorful and typical colonial .A joye for the eye and my Canon Eos 50E

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Camagüey Hotels

  • Islazul Gran Hotel

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

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

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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  • 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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Camagüey Nightlife

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    by ainsleigh Written Jan 3, 2008

    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 have.

    Things definitely picked up even more after we left, because when we got back to our casa, we could still hear the music and the people getting louder way into the morning.

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Camagüey Transportation

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    by ainsleigh Written Jan 15, 2008

    "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 de Cuba to Camaguey is about 20.00 CUC and will take 7 hours. You can check out the schedules and prices online on their website. The Viazul station in Camaguey is on the edge of town, and a taxi into the middle of the city will cost around 4.00 CUC.

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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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