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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  • Street Scenes

    I like to walk through the streets or sit in a plaza, and see what is going on around me. Here are a few Trinidad scenes. On Sunday, we saw lots of people gathered by the Parque Central--it turned out that the corner was a bus stop. These towns don't have high schools, and the kids go to a boarding school out in the country somewhere. They don't...

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  • Plaza Mayor

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Since Trinidad's beginnings and like most cities founded by the Spaniards—the relevant institutions were clustered round the city's central plaza. From 1514 onward, this plaza has undergone changes, until more than 300 years later it finally took on its present appearance. During the 19th century, the main Cathedral as well as mansions and palaces...

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Trinidad Hotels

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Trinidad Restaurants

  • Government owned restaurants

    4 out of 5 stars

    This Government restaurant is a little outside of town about five kilometers off the paved road along a narrow dirt road....the restaurant is the showpiece of a ranch like setting adjacent to a Nature Park where there are hiking trails and horseback riding available...the dirt road is a treat....especially if you might meet head on a vehicle coming...

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  • Paladares

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Here you see the 6 of use who went to this delicious dish, Nele, Wim, Jean, Marijke, John and me. As you can see the table is filled with meat, fish and vegetables and even more then you can eat. We enjoyed our meal very much, it was one of the best meals we had in Cuba. Everything that’s fresh and delicious.

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  • Off the Beaten Path...and THEN some...

    This Government restaurant is a little outside of town about five kilometers off the paved road along a narrow dirt road....the restaurant is the showpiece of a ranch like setting adjacent to a Nature Park where there are hiking trails and horseback riding available...the dirt road is a treat....especially if you might meet head on a vehicle coming...

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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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  • Canchánchara (La)

    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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  • Bar Casa de la Música

    Building with non-plastered walls giving the place an air of rusticity. An open-air location on the former "Cristal del Rosario" house. Wide salon and abundant natural vegetation. To the front on a small promontory, the site has got a platform for cabaret shows at night and small musical groups. A counter made of stone and granite with stools is at...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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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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  • Lots of stuff

    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...

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  • Pottery..Watch the Artists at work..or...

    This is an open air sort of space where you'll actually see artisans working on ceramics in different stages of production...when we visited there was one man working with clay on a potters wheel...another working with the clay prepping the pieces and getting them ready for the kiln...This is a LOW pressure shop...I got the impression that they...

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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

  • 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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  • Say "NO!" to giftshops!

    Tourists often are in Trinidad for a short time therefor there are many souvenir shops. Try to avaoid them. The prices are ridiculously high and their goods are not very authentic. If you only have a couple of hours in Trinidad, don't have time to go to the market and absolutely MUST have small souvenir, you're still better off not buying at the...

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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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  • Local Arts

    A typical scenary in Trinidad - near the famous tower - making and selling handicrafts !! There is often a local market selling their products. To visit the tower itself - you have to pay a little fee - but the condition of the stairs is not inviting.The view on the nature from the highest point must be unique

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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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    by henri123 Written Apr 1, 2013

    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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