Trinidad Travel Guide

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Trinidad Things to Do

  • Playa d'Ancon

    Book a daytrip to Cayo Blanco, the catamatan is leaving from the marina at Cayo Blanco at 09:00. You can also buy tickets in the marina. It is a 1 hour trip. From the boat near the island Cayo Blanco you can snorkel, lunch will be on the island itself. Around 15:00 the boat will go back to Playa Ancon.

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  • Valle de los Ingenios

    Around the Plaza Mayor you'll find plenty of hustlers trying to get you on their horses for a trip out to the Valle. There is one man (known as the "horse-whisperer of Trinidad) though that has set up a project (Diana project) through love of animals, to help the local farmers with equine care and training without the use of dangerous bits for the...

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  • Plaza Mayor

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The lovely renovated square is the obvious meeting place for the whole town including the tourists. With the church on the east side standing above the other three sides that are only two storey buildings there is a sense of harmony on the place. Enough room for everybody, even the young children are brought here by their teachers for gym lessons....

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Trinidad Restaurants

  • Paladares

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This little restaurant is just opposite the Convento de San Francisco de Asis on the little square there. We went in one lunchtime just for a quick burger and a coffee and were surprised at the quality of the meat. There is one small room and a bar, but walking through there is a small patio for 2/3 tables which was nice. In the shade but in the...

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  • Government owned restaurants

    4 out of 5 stars

    At first sight this restaurant is a little off-putting seen from outside. Very chic with nice tablecloths, high-backed chairs and chandeliers, a portico'd patio you'd think it was expensive. But no, being state-run the prices are reasonable. Yes, the waiters are state-run as well and a little off-hand, but you'll notice there are only 3 or 4 staff...

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  • Los Conspiradores Restaurant

    At the foot of the Escalinata, the step road next to the Cathedral, there is a small restaurant with an outside bar open all day long. Sitting on the second floor balcony overlooking Plaza Mayor, I enjoyed the view of Plaza Mayor and the people passing by. My meal was accompanied by the music coming from La Casa de la Musica. It was really nice.The...

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Trinidad Nightlife

  • Live Music

    Its namesake is a drink of the region made from lemon juice, honey and aged Havana Club brand rum served in glazed pottery. This concoction mixes with the magic of a place frozen in time, charming those who have been coming here for decades. This was the drink of the Mambises (name given the Liberating Army). The tavern is part of one of the city's...

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  • Casa de la Musica

    This Casa de la Musica in Trinidad was my favorite. It is located on the "Escalinata", which is a road made up of large steps adjacent to the Cathedral. Every night most of the visitors and a lot of locals gather to enjoy the live bands and drink a mojito sitting on the stairs, or chairs if they have booked in advance. I think I enjoyed it more...

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  • Casa de la Trova

    We had coffee in the nice inside patio of this music bar, which is frequented by locals and tourists during the day and evening. They come to relax and enjoy the live music. There is usually a lot of dancing and a warm festive atmosphere. They also serve some snacks but there is no food.Located near Plaza Mayortel: 996445

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Trinidad Transportation

  • (Viazul) Bus

    We booked all our Viazul bus trips on the viazul.com website before leaving Europe. My daughter is 11 and therefore entitled to a child fare. It seems the website incorrectly calculates the child fare - apparently there is a minimum. We discovered this when we arrived at Trinidad bus station. I offered to pay the difference (2 CUC's) but the very...

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  • Coco Taxi

    The best way to go around Trinidad is just walking, so in the twon you absolutely do not need any transport. You need one if you want to go to Playa Ancon which is about 15 kilometers from the city.You can go by taxi which costs 4 cuc per person or by cocotaxi which costs 2 cuc per person or by bus which is inexpensive.

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  • Car (Rental)

    When you want to head out from Trinidad to either Havana or Cienfuegos, one thing I have done is go on Maceo (near Las Ruinas bar) and there are usually the hustlers trying to take tourists to Havana/100fuegos. Now at first, you will say no. But if you think about it, they charge the same price as the Viazul and they bring you right to your door in...

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Trinidad Shopping

  • Handcraft

    Trinidad has a large outdoor craft market that goes on for blocks. Primary items seemed to be wood carvings, jewelry, knitted garments, dolls and toys. Some of the vendors are really creative—I was laughing at a camera made from beer cans (flattened metal covered a small block of wood, and the top half of a beer can stuck out from the front of it.)...

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  • Shopping in Trinidad

    The best shops for articraft, cigars, clothes, hats, nice gifts and souvenirs are located in the main streets of the old city, namely Gutierrez street (Antonio Maceo), Simon Bolivar, Colon y Rosario. Also have a look in the Galleria Commercial - "Universal", on Jose Marti street, which is a small shopping Mall housing several shops selling elegant...

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  • Galleria "Yami"

    The originality of each item is what I liked in this Gallery. The strange figures resembling an espresso coffee machine, used as decoration or for daily use, attracted my attention. The artist has another gallery in Havana, too. His name is Yami Martinez.The gallery is attached to the Restaurant "Los Conspiradores" .Christo no 38 esquina La...

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Trinidad Local Customs

  • Trinidad People

    In most of the Cuban Cities it is an experience to visit the local temples of music and that made my second trip to Cuba so different Like this building - not that far from the Plaza Mayor This island in the Caribbeans is a must for music lovers - visit the temples of music - the so called "Casa de la Trova" and enjoy the music of bands like Son...

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  • Mango criollo

    It’s a kind of mango I’ve only seen around the Caribbean Sea. It’s much smaller and much, much more tasteful!In Trinidad… you can get along some highways or, if you pay attention, at regular houses. It grows almost at every backyard… so people may have plates with mangos on their windows. They sell them for pennies (always in pesos cubanos, never...

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  • Restaurant ‘particular’ …

    Even though almost all the ‘casas particulares’ will offer you breakfast, launch and dinner… there are plenty of people in the streets of Trinidad offering tourists dinner at they own ‘restaurants’. These restaurants are illegal, they are just a few tables set at someone’s backyard… in a very romantic way, where you can go ‘invited’ by some of...

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Trinidad Warnings and Dangers

  • Street traders.

    As you step of your bus beware of people selling goods at the side of the road, they swoon on you, look after your personal belongings, keep them out of view if possible-remember these people are very poor.

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  • No street lighting

    Be careful after dark, there is pretty much no street lighting in the town centre. The locals are quite fond of hassling tourists, they are very pesistant and it can seem quite scary at night. On an up note, they don't mean to be a nuisance & the majority mean no harm at all.

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  • Rip off taxis

    Try & always have the right money on you for your taxi espeicially if it is a 'private' one as they always play the 'i've got no change' gag whichmeans you end up having to hand over 10 dollars for a 6 dollar trip!

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Trinidad Tourist Traps

  • Casa de la Musica and Casa de la Trova.

    I only went for a drink at both these places during the day, never in the evening, so I don't know if the trap goes on later. I don't mind paying for the music when necessarybut both these places seem to have caught on from the musiciens in Havana. So you've got your beer in hand that you've already apid for,and they get up to play 2 or 3 songs....

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  • Puros!

    There is a small ciga factory in Trinidad and an official tobacco shop where you can buy cigars.In the street you will find many jineteros offering you to buy their cigars which are much cheaper than the ones in the shop.Even your casa owner will probably tell you he know someone who works in the factory and he can have cheap cigars.Some of these...

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  • Buying Paintings

    Be aware of artists you meet. They will befriend you, show you their works and have you buy one of their paintings for a huge amount of money. They promise you to bring you a certificat for the painting the next day. All the people I met with this story never saw the artist again!

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Trinidad What to Pack

  • Equine supplies

    Julio Munoz of Casa Colonial Munoz is helping the horses of Trinidad.http://casa.trinidadphoto.com/Visit his website for more information.

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  • look after yourself.

    Bring bags with zips to contain valubles e.g cameras, videos, ect.. Make sure to carry sensible shoes as the roads are made of cobbles , if you wear heels you could go over on your ankle.Bring a hat to protect your head and sunglasses. Bring sun screen as on a sunny day it can be very hot as walking around the Plaza it is very open to the sun,...

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  • Books

    Any medications, especially antibiotics, were appreciated. Before leaving Canada, we came across some Spanish translations of popular children's stories in a used book store. We brought the books to a school in Trinidad and the kids were extatic! Alot of the kids will ask you for candy or money. It felt nice to be able to give them something...

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Trinidad Off The Beaten Path

  • Nature

    Valle de los Ingenios, unesco world heritage site, also known as Valle de San Luis, on the road to Sancti Spiritus, east of Trinidad. We passed in this valley during our trip to Santa Clara, there is a mirador on the road where you can stop and get a view of the valley untill the beach, the view is spectacular and definitly is worth a ten minutes...

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  • In The Streets of Trinidad

    The barrio of the Calvary was one of the first parts of Trinidad to be urbanized amid deep religious feeling. This place is at the junction of the calle Real de Jigüe and calle San Antonio and the three crosses were erected in 1826 representing Corpu Christi and Easter week. There is a nice atmosphere down here away from the tourist noise 200...

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  • About Cigars

    Go and visit one of the tabacco farms. The local farmer will offer you a cup of coffee and .... a cigar - special and unique production. The skill of these craftsmen is remarkable. Smokers think that cigars are expensive, with all this skill it is no wonder

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Trinidad Sports & Outdoors

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    Playa Ancon

    by henri123 Written Apr 1, 2013

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    After visiting the nice city of Trinidad, have a nice rest in playa ancon before continuing your

    cuban trip.

    At the end of the bus ride, the beach is about 10km long , empty wonderfull beach, nice

    swimming, much warmer than varadero in february.

    Equipment: There is no facilities at the beach, but we could use shower and have a nice day lying on free

    seats, sometimes you should pay some cuc if the lifegard is on the beach.

    could be very hot just outside the hotel zone ,be alone on the beach very clean sea side
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Trinidad Favorites

  • Street Scenes

    The best way to have some good memories of Trinidad is to start going out without any guide or map. This could be a good advice everywhere, but particulary in this small town, you will probably not remember museums or square names, but you will get well impressed in your mind the slow living in the narrow streets and the colourful colonial houses...

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  • Ancon

    The Ancon peninsula, a beautiful natural area is about 12-13 kms from Trinidad. The beaches washed by the Caribbean Sea are sandy with crystal-clear water. We stayed on the peninsula rather than in the town and it was a good decision. After a long day in Trinidad, it was bliss to submerge in the warm sea. The picture shows the still water between...

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  • Quality info

    As per elsewhere in Cuba, internet access is sub-abysmal. The place my guide book recommended for quality info in trinidad to plan further stages of my trip is the Cubatur office on Maceo. There's a lady there named Maggie who was excellent ringing round hotels for me (please note they are not allowed to ring casa particulares) and booking a bus...

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