Cienfuegos Travel Guide

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Cienfuegos Things to Do

  • Palacio de Valle

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Former palace which at one time was a casino and is now a resturant and gift shop. Located in Punta Gordo on the end of city main ave,towrds the end of cienfuegos coast. The structure and ornamental styles of the architecture are very diverse, to include mohamedan art, and Mudejar, Byzantine, Venetian, Gothic and Baroque. designs. Within the...

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  • Palacio Ferrer

    The Palacio de Ferrer is placed on the main plaza of the city. The building, built in the 1890, has a variety of architectural styles but the blue domed tower in one corner is the most beautiful bit. The Palacio de Ferrer has inside the Casa de Cultura Benjamin Duarte and is open to the public. The interior is popular for the italian marble floors...

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  • Parque Marti

    This parque in Cienfuegos is the former Plaza de Armas. It is a large open space is the center of the city and is marked by ground plaque in the middle of the square. On one side of the Parque Marti is the provincial government building, Palacio del Ayuntamiento. At the entrance to the park is the Archo de Triunfo, which is the only arch of...

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  • Teatro Tomas Terry

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Teatro Tomas Terry is a lovely theater, built in 1889. Admission is 10 pesos (or ½ CUC) but people who can’t afford it can sit in the top tiers for free. There was nothing going on when we were there, but the theater was worth a look.

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  • Paseo del Prado

    In my opinion the best way to enjoy Cienfuegos is starting from Paseo del Prado which is the main street of the twon. Walking on this elegant street you will see at both sides colonial houses with columns of various colours. Then, once arrived on the seaside, if you want to keep walking, you can go on untill punta gorda which practically is the...

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  • Shopping Boulevard

    As you push your way through the crowd there heading towards the Park you may start getting an idea of communicating with your beloved VT website via internet - coming right up, about 3 blocks later turn right towards Hotel Union and internet place will be across the hotel. There are only 3 terminals, 1-2 broken or "temporarily out of service" so...

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Cienfuegos Hotels

  • Cubanacan Boutique La Union

    Calle 31 esq. A 54, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Jagua

    I believe the most popular hotel in town - as tourist accomodation. But a goody - renovated only a...

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  • Club Amigo Faro Luna

    Carretera Pasacaballo Km 18, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Cienfuegos Restaurants

  • Paladares

    4 out of 5 stars

    Best food in town! We loved it! They serve cuban and international cuisine with a variable menu at a very reasonable price. The house has been resently restored keeping the beautifull colonial style of architecture in the area. This place is well located at the beginning of Malecon on 40 AVE. witch make it very accessible to new visitors. I visited...

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  • Government owned restaurant and bars

    For a fast lunch or just a stop for a beer, look for El Palatino on the main square, just by the south west corner.(It also has a reasonable toilet) It has very high ceilings, patio seating under the colonade, a regular Cuban menu, live music, and if you are lucky, you will meet "Zuki", a talented cartoonist, who is willing to do your portrait for...

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  • Best Seafood Ever!

    Best food in town! We loved it! They serve cuban and international cuisine with a variable menu at a very reasonable price. The house has been resently restored keeping the beautifull colonial style of architecture in the area. This place is well located at the beginning of Malecon on 40 AVE. witch make it very accessible to new visitors. I...

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Cienfuegos Nightlife

  • Sunset

    Well me and my friends could always be found at Benny More's. No pics of it so I just placed one of the local beach called 'Rancho Luna' Anyway there is a lot of things to do....btw just a little tip, as soon the sun goes down at the beach...than get the hell out of there. Trust me...otherwise the mosquito's will kill ya...I mean it. Why would...

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  • Well me and my friends could...

    Well me and my friends could always be found at Benny More's. No pics of it so I just placed one of the local beach called 'Rancho Luna'Anyway there is a lot of things to do....btw just a little tip, as soon the sun goes down at the beach...than get the hell out of there. Trust me...otherwise the mosquito's will kill ya...I mean it.Why would you...

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Cienfuegos Transportation

  • (Viazul) Bus

    From L'Havana we came to Cienfuegos by viazul bus. There are two main bus companies in Cuba Viazul and astro, the second one is the cheaper and mainly used by locals, Viazul is more expensive and practically created for tourists.The trip was about 6 hours and the ticket was 20 cuc.

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  • Car Rental

    To travel to Cienfuegos and probably also around maybe you can speak with the owner of an old american car and after rent his/her car for a while. Of course, that's a original way to see this city and this country from other point of view. American car (like in the picture! This ones are everywhere... NO problem!)

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  • Horse Chart

    In my opinion the best way to go around Cienfuegos is walking as in this way you enjoy every corner and every street scene. Anyway places like Punta Gorda can be a very long walk, so you may try to get a taxi which can be difficult as there are not many here or, if you get offered you can go by the horse chart.Horse charts are meant to be used only...

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Cienfuegos Shopping

  • Rum around every corner.

    Went into a supermarket,it wasn't stocked very well but had the basics. Bought some Havana rum, the bill was lass than 5cuc's. less than 5cuc's.

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  • CIENFUEGOS : AVENIDA 54

    The main shopping street (by Cuban standards) or street with the most activity is the pedestrian part of Avenida 54 to the west side of Calle 37 (Paseo del Prado).There are some US dollar shops, especially the souvenir shops. It is a sad that Cubans who do not have any US dollars are unable to buy anything from these US-dollar places even if they...

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  • nothing to buy.....

    Booze and cigarettes are freely available - otherwise there's no bread, no butter, no basic necessities. If you don't get fed by your hosts or hotel then you're in trouble. Of course there are El Rapido places a la McDonald but somehow everything tastes there as if deeply fried in motor oil. So what to eat if you are on a budget ? Have rice with...

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Cienfuegos Local Customs

  • Propaganda

    Coming from L'Havana we were not surprised to see governament propaganda on the walls of the town.Something that captured our attention was a big painting of Cje Guevara on the wall of a primary school.The first thing that my travel compaign and I thought has been:we have crucifixes in our kids school rooms, they have Che Guevara on the wall.More...

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  • Well Che Guevarra is not only...

    Well Che Guevarra is not only known in Santa Clara, but all around Cuba ;oPDrinks: Mojito [mohito] or a Cuba LibreMust: Enjoy a Cuban cigar on the terrace with a bottle of rum.Oh yes, should you make road trips...it is very common that u give people a ride if you have room in the car, especially the elder...u don't have 2, but we did ;o)Even though...

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  • Don't believe that Che Guevara...

    Don't believe that Che Guevara passion is only in the capital of Cuba... or you'll be wrong! It's everywhere: HASTA LA VICTORIA SIEMPRE. In Cienfuegos tooooooo!!!!!!!!!

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Cienfuegos Warnings and Dangers

  • Be careful.

    Be careful, as in and around the central square there's quite alot of traffic, tourists like to meander but thses people are getting on with their eveyday lives.

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  • public bathrooms

    Make sure that you always carry a handy bundle of toilet paper with you !!! And...watch your step.....!!!!(this one is located in Jardin de la Juventud, right off Prado)

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Cienfuegos Tourist Traps

  • Jardin botanico

    Lonely planet, routard and God only knows how many more travel guides will tell you to visit jardin botanico as it is one of the main attraction of Ciefuegos.We did, and we just wasted the money for the taxi as it is about 15 kilometers out of the town.From a botanic gardn in the tropics you expect an explosion of colours and smells, well what you...

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  • JINETREOS ALL AROUND...

    JINETREOS ALL AROUND CUBA!!COMING SOON!!WHO ARE THEM?WHAT DO THEY DO?HOW TO RECOGNICE THEM ,AND MORE ON THE TRABELOGUES!!

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Cienfuegos What to Pack

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    by Tranquilo Written Oct 5, 2002

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Luggage and bags: A small backpack is sufficient and pack it with water, especially if you go out of the city...doh.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sunglasses...definately ;oP , shorts , a pair trousers and a nice shirt that is if ya wanna go clubbing and dance the merengue, salso, con or casino.
    The locals dress up...so why don't u ;o)

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Definately bring some toiletpaper [trust me, do NOT forget this] especially if you are from a western country. Also a small medical kit will do just fine.

    Photo Equipment: Allthough you will be able to find batteries [all types] and films. It would be smart to bring some xtras along, unless you want to pay special prices for it.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Outdoors? Don't go sleeping outdoors, trust me...the mosquito's will kill ya...they are BIG mf ;oP

    Miscellaneous: 1. A flashlight or 2, power outages are NOT rare in Cuba.
    2. A copy of your passport [security issue]
    3. A small pocket knife
    4. A portable music device [pref with radio] with some speakers, great for the beach or for your roadtrip should your car-radio get broken or 'stolen'.

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Cienfuegos Off The Beaten Path

  • Nature/Eco tourism

    About 85 kms west of Cienfuegos is the town of Australia on the main highway. Turning south at that point takes you into the ZAPATA PENNISULA, three quarters of which is a swamp with lagoons and canals. Home of all kinds of wildlife, the government opened up a national park here, and have endevoured to create access points. One of these is known as...

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  • Beaches

    Before we reached Cienfuegos, we went for a nice relaxing swim. The water was beautiful and warm, the sand on the beach had a nice white colour. There was hardly anyone on the beach thus our tour group had it all to ourselves! On the way there, I managed to take a photo of one of the many political propaganda billboards on the side of the road. I...

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  • Castillo de Jagua

    One can take a ferry from Cienfuegos across the Bahia de Cienfuegos to the Castillo de Jagua opposite. The ferry point is near Av 46, between Calle 25 and Calle 27. The first ferry of the day departs at 11am. The 8am and another one in the afternoon have been cancelled. Check out the time beforehand from the wall. As the ferry is for locals, the...

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Cienfuegos Favorites

  • Finca Campesina

    On the way to Cienfuegos we visited the Finca Campesina, to be honest I did not like this place....for me you can avoid it....such a touristic and artificial place...and full of poor animals closed in little old cages with lots of screaming tourists tryin' to get some pics of them......not a great view believe me......so I decided to shoot no...

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  • Street Scenes

    Coming from the busy Havana soon we noticed two things: it was much hotter and the city was extremely quiet and "old". Yes, the first impression was that we had done a jump in the colonial age, the coloured houses most of them with a small backyard and their rocking chairs that we soon learned to enjoy.The old cars parked on the streets and the...

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  • A jupm in the past

    Coming from the busy Havana soon we noticed two things: it was much hotter and the city was extremely quiet and "old".Yes, the first impression was that we had done a jump in the colonial age, the coloured houses most of them with a small backyard and their rocking chairs that we soon learned to enjoy.The old cars parked on the streets and the...

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