Pinar del Río Travel Guide

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Pinar del Río Things to Do

  • Walk the periphery of the centre.II

    Other sights in Pinar del Rio, showing that there really isn't a lot to spend time on. The old children's playground didn't seem to be in use anymore looking dilapidated and some things were rusty. The small church was newly painted but no sign for opening times and a chain across the gate. The mural was fresh and can be found on Calle Colon by the...

  • Walk the periphery of the centre.

    Scattered around the centre of Pinar are some fine and colourful examples of the colonial houses and buildings that date back to the late 19th and early 20th c. Some along the main street (Marti) and others hidden in side streets.

  • Teatro Milanès, Pinar del Rio.

    Standing at the main crossroads of Pinar, calle Marti and calle Colon, the theatre was built in 1845 and has over 540 seats with the galleries in wood and in 3 tiers, similar to Santa Clara and Cienfuegos, two other provincial theatres. Unfortunately there are no official visits and the only way to get a look is if there is a show one evening.

  • Museum of Natural Sciences.

    Known locally as the "Tranquilino Sandalio de Noda" and situated on the main street, calle Marti-Este, the building is actually the most amazing thing about the museum. Called the Palacio Guasch and built early on in the 20th c in a mixture of gothic/mooresque. Models of dinosaurs in fibro-cement are in a patio at the back of the building whilst...

  • Casa Garay

    Casa Garay houses the distillary of the famous Guayabita del Pinar, a strong liqueur made from guava, and a small shop. Guided tours are of the factory available - when we were there, there was no electricity, so we didn't see the machines in work, but a staff member took us around anyway and explained the process in a nutshell.

  • Cathedral

    You certainly pass the Cathedral when you are walking in the streets. It's worth the time to take a look inside. When we were there we saw drums standing there, so they have a better mass then we in Belgium. And we heard that the organ was made by Belgians. The inside is sober.For more information see my travelogue Walking in Pinar del Rio.

  • The liqueur factory "bebidas Guayabita".

    Next to the tobacco factory they have in Pinar del Rio also a liqueur factory the "Bebidas Guayabita". It’s also open for a guided tour and you can have a taste of the liqueur they brew there.You see here the process off making this liqueur from washing the berries until the filling of the bottles. But they are not always fully operational, but you...

  • Try to visit a local school

    If you have the chance you maybe can visit a local school. We passed a few schools and when we were standing outside this one, were asked if we wanted to visit this school and off course we said yes. It was very interesting to see this school at work and the equipment they have.The children get distracted when we stood at the backside of their...

  • Try to visit a tobacco farm outside...

    We were very lucky to get into a tobacco farm thanks to my dear “mentirosa”. My little liar got us inside this place that’s normally forbidden for foreigners. We got a personal tour through the facility and a very good explanation of the work that they do there. We saw the process from washing the leaves until the packing of the sorted leaves and...

  • cigar factory Francisco Donation

    You can visit the factory and get an excellent idea of the making of a good quality cigar. It’s a very interesting visit.You see the cigar getting form from leave to a finished and controlled cigar. The first persons start with the leaves and rolling them and you see how the cigar gets form and in the end they pass the finished cigar to the people...

  • Baseball stadium

    When walking in Pinar, pay a visit to the baseball stadium of the local team. Visit the stands and if possible attend a game. We didn't have the pleasure to watch the games, because we were always in the wrong place at the wrong time.According to our friends in Pinar it’s easy to attend a baseball game. A foreigner pays 1 US$ entrance fee and a...

  • Hoursebackrideing as a madman!!

    Gettin inside Vinhales Vally with a group of hoursebackriders and spending the day hurting youra----- but having fun!!

  • Take a day trip to Soroa...

    Take a day trip to Soroa Waterfalls well worth the money! (from Havana $30us)The day trip includes ride to falls with a stop at a hotel near the falls for a cocktail, walk through the orchid gardens, lunch and the falls.If you want to see the falls be prepaired for a long walk...over a 1000 steps uneven and broken to and from the falls, but like I...

  • One visit to 'Mural de la...

    One visit to 'Mural de la Prehistoria' by Leovigildo GonzálezDiscover this incredible place in the middle of some 'mogotes': 180 m. long & 120 high

  • Visit Cueva del Indio (47 KKm)...

    Visit Cueva del Indio (47 KKm) inside you can see a boat along San Vicente river.Some people believe that inside was living indians 'guanahatabeyes'. Was discovered in the year 1920. Enjoy with the rocks shapes!!!


Pinar del Río Hotels

  • Moka Hotel

    Autopista Nacional Km 51, Pinar del Rio, , Cuba, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Islazul Hotel Pinar del Rio

    Marti y Final Autopista | Pinar del Rio, Cuba

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Families

Pinar del Río Restaurants

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    the casa particular (again).: the casa particular (again).

    by Heidje Written Oct 4, 2002

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Miriam and Mariano are the nicest people we met in Cuba. Miriam welcomed us with freshly squeezed Grapefruit Juice and a smile. Her husband Mariano offered us some freshly rolled cigars and wise advise. And their son Roylan played cardtricks with us. A real family welcome!

    Favorite Dish: everything that Miriam cooks is wonderfull!

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Pinar del Río Transportation

  • Going by fancy sportscar is...

    Going by fancy sportscar is obviously the coolest way to go anywhere in Cuba. But honestly, I can remember how I got to PDR or back to La Habana. Maybe by horsecart?Foot.

  • Getting to: La Isla de la...

    Getting to: La Isla de la JuventudU can go there via Ferry or via Cometa!!They go out of Batabano's Harbor every day but the ticket U get them at the National Buss Terminal in Havana, very close to the Revolution Square.

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Pinar del Río Shopping

  • Cohiba's

    Part of the bus tour includes a stop at one of the many Cuban Cigar factories. Once the were all seperate and competed fiercely with each other - now they are all owned by the Central Government and each factory produces every kind of Cigar made. One day they may roll Cohiba's the next Partagas the next ?? As you walk through the rolling shed the...

  • Guayabita del Pinar

    The Guayabita del Pinar, a strong guava liqueur is a speciality of the town, so it's a good souvenir. The shop sells cigars, too (of course). I don't remember the price (under 10 USD), but I do know that it was much cheaper in the duty free shop of Havana JOse Marti Airport.

  • 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.

Pinar del Río Warnings and Dangers

  • Be careful when you buy cigars on the...

    The Cubans who work in a cigar factory can smoke as much cigars as they want, but they can not take cigars with them outside the factory.So if you decide to buy a cigar on the street, be careful and make sure that you buy the good ones.You shall not be the first person who buys crap and regrets it afterwards. If you want to buy the real ones or buy...

  • There are lots of guys called...

    There are lots of guys called Jinateros (scammers) and no likes them. Plus they scam you from time to time. Just be cautious when guys approach you offering a restaurant they know in someone's house or something they can get you- it doesn't always turn out to be legit.Sometimes they come on horseback like these guys in the photo.

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Pinar del Río What to Pack

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    Packing List

    by LAOWAI Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Hiking

    Miscellaneous: Take $1 bills. They will pay for a taxi ride, a place to sleep, a tip to a helpful soul, a Coke, or about a 100 glasses of fresh sugar cane juice.

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Pinar del Río Off The Beaten Path

  • We did take time out to go...

    We did take time out to go horse back riding through fields fields of green on two wild horse by ourselves. Let me tell you that was interesting as there was a stalion tied in one of the fields and my sister was on a mare so it was quite entertaining for me.This picture is where our journy began, we didn't get any pictures while on horsebach...

  • We spent most of the day with...

    We spent most of the day with a family who lived in house made of ply wood and a thatch roof, no electricity or running water.

  • When I'm far away Pinar del...

    When I'm far away Pinar del Río and Viñales I miss el Mirador del Hotel Los Jazmines. There you'll see a wonderful view of 'mogotes': small hills one of the oldest in Cuba (Jurassic Time!). This hills if you have a little of imagination can represent different shapes: animals (elephants in most of cases... are really big!) Of course you can see the...


Pinar del Río Favorites

  • Little details

    I only spent a short time in Pinar del Rio, but I was fascinated by all those little architectural details - the buildings need urgent renovation, but the former beauty is not lost yet.

  • Street scenes

    Pinar del Rio is a nice town in the western part of Cuba. The province is mostly famous for the World Heritage Vinales valley, but there are many other places to visit like e.g. Soroa or Maria la Gorda, and the town itself is worth to see.

  • travelqueen7's General Tip

    The second reason why I returned to Pinar del Rio was because my brother, a blacksmith loves meeting other blacksmiths and see how things differ in other countries. Well since my brother wasn't with my sister and I, we ventured out and met some local blacksmith and brough back some hand made horseshoes.


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