Cuba considers baseball its national sport. Since approximately 1865 or 1866 this sport has been practiced and has become part of the lives of most Cubans. On December 27th,1874, the first baseball game in Cuba took place in a field known as Palmar de Junco, in the province of Matanzas.
It is called "The Pearl of the South" because of the impressive beauty of its bay; because of its seductive city which provokes the wonder of all who know it, and because of that innate nobility which characterizes those born in Cienfuegos.
Our Boat was named Marlene, the trip went around the bay and lasted approx 1 hour.
On board you could buy a drink and relax whilst watching the cuban sunset.
As we sailed there was a commentary on the history and skyline views of cienfuegos Bay.
includeing the fishermen.
This photo was taken in the north side of Marti Park.
A young man riding his bike past The Arch de triumph.
The foundation of Cienfuegos occurred in 1819, when French colonists settled in it, calling it Fernandina de Jagua, in honor of King Ferdinand VII and because of its aborigine origin.
A rosette in the José Martí Park serves as a reminder of the place where the founding took place, and which served as the center for the urban design/layout. This park, which was the ancient Arms Square, is ample and rich in monuments, from which protrudes the only existing Arch of Triumph of Cuba.
Sheer magic, the instructors were great, I was really worried about going in, but the Dolphins Ben and Luna were lovely.They swim up behind you and lift you out of the water.
Not to be missed you go in for your swim first then watch the show in the ampitheatre.
The swim costs 30cuc's, once you have done it there is a chance for a second go.
Is in the new Delfinario. Captive and trained dolphins and sea lions perform several times daily in the ampitheatre, in a saltwater lagoon.
This place is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9am to 5:30pm, and has a reasonably priced little restaurant.
Admission is 5CUCfor adults, 3CUC for children.
It will cost you an extra 1CUC to take photos, 2CUC to shoot video, and 3CUC to get a kiss with a dolphin.
A 15- to 20-minute swimming session with a dolphin costs 30CUC
Cienfuegos is not overtly gorgeous or interesting but it is a pleasant place to spend, perhaps 2 days, to wander around.
The thing about Cuba is not really the impressive sights. To me, it is just hanging around town, learning new things here and there, talking to the locals, seeing how life is like for them, checking out the Cuban Peso stores to see what is for sale, etc...
Cienfuegos' layout is more or less like a grid. The east-west roads are called Avenidas and are even-numbered. The north-south roads are called Calles and are odd-numbered.
The neoclassical buildings are found more along Paseo del Prado or Calle 37. Part of this street is also the Malecon (sea-wall) that faces the Bahia de Cienfuegos.
Cienfuegos has a uncomplicated layout: Paseo el Prado would take you North and South of the city centre with all the main attractions nearby. Tourist maps are scarce but at Delegacion Cubanacan on the corner of Prado and Ave 12 one can get one with some insistence: "oh, please, please, you must have one little map somewhere hidden and forgotten in a closet..."
Calle 31 esq. A 54, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Caribbean
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Carretera Pasacaballo Km 18, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Caribbean
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I believe the most popular hotel in town - as tourist accomodation. But a goody - renovated only a...more