Cuba Things to Do

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Cuba Things to Do

  • Beach

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Varadero Things to Do

    This wasn't my first trip down south, but never before had I spent so much time at the beach! The beach in Varadero is absolutely beautiful, and so is the water. It also helps that from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, our resort's animation staff was there to keep us entertained with dance lessons, aqua gym sessions and funny games, which made the time fly...

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  • Playas del Este

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Havana Things to Do

    Opposed to other beaches in Cuba where one can only find tourists, Playas del Este is very popular among the habaneros, who can frequently enjoy these warm waters thanks to their closeness to the city. The next beach between Bacuranao and El Mégano is a tourist resort called Tarará, 20 kilometers away of Havana. Its marina (Marina Tarará) is the...

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  • Snorkeling

    Cayo Coco Things to Do

    With Thomas Cook we also went on the "Colourful Cuba" day trip which was good value for money. After arriving in "Moran" the nearest main town (where most of the workers at the hotel complex are from), we embarked upon a horse and cart which took us through the streets of "Moran". The trip then carried on and included a visit to an old Sugar Cane...

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  • Dolphins

    Holguín Things to Do

    A great once in a lifetime experience and only $99 pesos. Time is spent swimming and interacting with the dolphins....lots of opportunity for your guide to take pictures with your camera. We also brought an underwater camera. Included in the tour is a dolphin show and a sea lion show.

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  • Castillo del Morro

    Santiago de Cuba Things to Do

    Spanish fortress, south of the city was built in 1633 , designed by same author of Morro in Havana. It has long and disturbing history. Place is nice but crowded with touristic scams who want to sell you cigars etc. Very strange is that you won't see any ships in front of fortress or even birds (don't know why). Scenery is spectacular (sea and...

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  • Playa d'Ancon

    Trinidad Things to Do

    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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  • Palacio de Valle

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cienfuegos Things to Do

    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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  • Catamaran

    Varadero Things to Do

    The catamaran tour can be booked from any hotel, just ask at the front desk. When we took the tour in Nov/10 the price was 60 CUC. It is well worth the money. Although the day we went was also the day that Hurricane Tomas hit land at Haiti, so our catamaran tour was a little exciting! I didn't get any photos on the catamaran, it was pouring rain...

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  • Habana Vieja - Old Havana

    Havana Things to Do

    During our visit to Havana, one of my favorite things to do was to just walk through the streets of Habana Vieja, admiring the contrasts of both people and structure. It's an opportunity to see freshly painted colonial-era historical buildings right next to run down apartment complexes, a sense of real life in Cuba mixed in with the tourist...

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  • Beaches

    Cayo Coco Things to Do

    El senador is one of the best beaches in cayo coco, it's clean and the sea is very clear, but one thing, this resort is isolated from the local population, so if you want to see other thing you have to take some tours (available in the hotel) to go visit other places in cuba.

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  • Street Scenes

    Holguín Things to Do

    The Taste of Cuba tour, offered during our stay at the Hotel Playa Pesquero, was a delightful day spent touring the fishing village Gibera, the city of Holguin, and made stops at a cigar factory, museum, and had free time as well as lunch in a small restaurant. We greatly appreciated the opportunity to learn a bit more about Cuban life & culture,...

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  • Parque Cespedes

    Santiago de Cuba Things to Do

    The park square is surrounded by the Town Hall, the Catedral de la Asuncion, and the Hotel Casa Granda. The rooftop patio of the hotel offers beautiful views of the surroundings, as well as a bar. The streets leading away from the park house many shops, restaurants, etc. to explore. In the park itself there are benches to rest on and there will...

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  • Valle de los Ingenios

    Trinidad Things to Do

    The village of Iznaga was the site of the large Manaca Iznaga sugar plantation. The warehouse and factory buildings are long gone, but the owner’s house and watchtower are still there. The house is not elaborate, but it is large and attractive. It was only used during the few weeks of harvest, as the owners had a mansion in Havana. The 147-foot...

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  • Teatro Tomas Terry

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cienfuegos Things to Do

    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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  • Jeep Tours

    Varadero Things to Do

    Next stop on our tour was a river cruise on the Miramar River. While at this stop we also got to watch a traditional Cuban dance and do some more souvenir shopping. Lobster dinner was offered on the boat for 10CUC and it was very good - lobster tail, potatoes and salad. Drinks were served on the boat as well, for a fee. We left the Miramar River...

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  • Cigar Factories

    Havana Things to Do

    There are two major cigar factories in Havana, the Partagas one (sounds like a retailer of methane to me) being the oldest. As I'm a non-smoker, I can't say I had much interest in the process, but the smell was wonderfully aromatic and you get some great photo opportunities with the workers smoking away as they work. It must be one of the few...

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  • Horseback Riding

    Cayo Coco Things to Do

    For 10 pesos we took a nice ride for about an hour. We didn't ride much on the beach which was a disappointment. We did however ride along an area where the locals party and sleep, leaving tons of trash along the path. They also offered sunset tours for an additional 10 pesos. How does that work? ha!

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  • Locals

    Holguín Things to Do

    There is a man on the beach of Guardelavaca who is making art of an old tree. He is cutting fish and mermaids in it. We bought a dolphin and a crusifix from him. He is an artist! You can see the fish almost swimm away!

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  • Basilica del Cobre

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Santiago de Cuba Things to Do

    When you approach to this site from Palma Soriano, you'll be amazed of its beauty in middle of rich landscape. Pope was there, you should too if you're around Santiago. Popular Cuban sport stars left their medals there as a sign of gratitude. Indoor is beautiful too. Patron saint of Cuba and only basilica in Cuba.

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  • Street Scenes

    Trinidad Things to Do

    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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  • Parque Marti

    Cienfuegos Things to Do

    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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  • Diving and Snorkle

    Varadero Things to Do

    There are around 32 diving sites-including one at the Piedras del Norte Cay Underwater Park-between the Bay of Matanzas and the western tip of the Jardines del Rey (Gardens of the King) Archipelago. Three marinas-the Chapelín, Puertosol Dársena de Varadero and Gaviota-offer you the means for scuba diving: appropriate vessels, trained personnel,...

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  • The Malecon

    Havana Things to Do

    This oceanside pedestrian walkway stretches all the way from the Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta in La Habana Vieja to the Almendares River that separates Vedado from Miramar. No trip to Havana is complete without at least some time spent strolling and lingering along the Malecón, which is the social center for a wide range of Cubans....

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  • Casa de la Trova

    Holguín Things to Do

    Faustino "El Guayabero" Oramas is the composer of "Candela" and "Marieta", songs made famous by the Buena Vista Social Club. Now in his mid-90's, Faustino performs Wed's and Sunday's at la Casa de la Trova in Holguin. Showtime is 4:00 pm, cover charge of $1-$2 includes credits for drinks once inside. Don't miss the chance to buy El Guayabero's...

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  • Cementerio

    Santiago de Cuba Things to Do

    Every hour (i think) there is ceremony as tribute to Jose Marti (in front of his tomb) which was the only "army" thing I saw in Cuba....guys are young, energic and dedicated...you can not seat during ceremony but stand still... Cemetary is really beautiful and unique, both tombs and trees.

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  • Plaza Mayor

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Trinidad Things to Do

    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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  • Palacio Ferrer

    Cienfuegos Things to Do

    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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  • Cigars

    Varadero Things to Do

    as in everthing you must know your stuff before buying,,whether a cigar or a purse. The writer pays 60 cents to a dollar for the best sticks in cuba.. best for the novice to stay away from montes #4 or cohibas unless from a shop as these are the ones faked the most.

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  • Plaza de la Revolution

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Havana Things to Do

    This monument, located at Plaza de la Revolucion, was built between 1953 and 1959. It is a 109 meters five-star-shaped tower. Grey marble was the material used for the tower. The memorial monument is at the floor ground of the tower. It has a 18 meters Jose Marti statue. There is an elevator to the top which allows to enjoy beautiful views. We...

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  • Theater

    Holguín Things to Do

    "Fresa y Chocolate" - a hit on the list of international filmfestivals. The story is about the friendship between two young people - a young socialist meeting a gay cuban - somewhere in Habana at the ice saloon Coppelia.

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  • Padre Pico Stairs

    Santiago de Cuba Things to Do

    Take your time to explore the city and walk around. We met a local guy, Ernesto and old man who enjoys walking with tourists. He showed us some great places. If you want to know more you can read about it in my travelogue: Walking with Ernesto through Santiago.

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  • Nature

    Trinidad Things to Do

    Beautiful hike to the falls. Horseback ride to the park entrance. Swimming in the natural rock pools below the falls and into the bat caves under and behind the falls. Drinking cerveza at the park entrance.

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  • Shopping Boulevard

    Cienfuegos Things to Do

    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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  • Parque Retiro Josone

    4 out of 5 stars

    Varadero Things to Do

    Josone Park is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. Stop by the outdoor patio bar and sample the best Pina Colada you have ever tasted! 3CUC is all it costs for this nectar of the gods. You can admire the views at the same time. Service in this patio bar is always fabulous. There are also several restaurants in the park, all of them serve very...

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  • Castillo el Morro

    Havana Things to Do

    The Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro is the most known castle fortress in Cuba, it was begun in 1589 and finish in 1660 to guard the bay of Havana. One of the must visit places while in Havana, the symbol of Havana The Giraldilla is on top of its towers.

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  • Musea

    Holguín Things to Do

    Casa Consistorial - actualy the Museo Provincial de Historia and located in the Parque Garcia is a large Neo Classic building built in 1860 as a Casino. During the war/revolution with the spanish gouvernment it was occupied by Cuban Patriots and the spanish soldiers were kept in this in "prison" for about two months. The building got it's Nickname...

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  • Street Scenes

    Santiago de Cuba Things to Do

    The very center of the city is here in Plaza Céspedes, where is the cathedral of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción. In front of the church is the Parque Céspedes a nice square with gardens where it's easy to meet new people. It is also the best place to start a tour of the city.

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  • Musea

    Trinidad Things to Do

    This is a museum located in the Plaza Mayor in the central old part of the city...it houses a collection of objects that belonged to the Borrell family...paintings,furniture,jewelery, porcelain,and other collectibles such as silverware. The structure was built in 1812 by José Mariano Borrell y Padrón, head of a wealthy local family . It takes its...

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  • Punta Gorda

    4 out of 5 stars

    Cienfuegos Things to Do

    The Cienfuegos area known as Punta Gorda is a narrow piece of land that juts faces the ocean. In the early 20th centuries this area of the city was hosted mainly aristocrats, this is the reason why now you find many beautiful old homes and art nouveau villas in Punta Gorda. Some of the homes are painted in pink, yellow and blue which give the area...

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  • Horse Back Riding

    Varadero Things to Do

    To find stirrups that even came close to my feet it was suggested that I try a different horse! Sorry, no adjustments here. Comfort? I think not. I wish I could have found a way to enjoy it but I can truly say it was one of the worst experiences ever. Extremely good for a laugh when thinking back. However, the pleasure of sitting on a horse that...

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  • El Capitolio

    4 out of 5 stars

    Havana Things to Do

    Identical to the one in Washington,DC USA in smaller scale was built in 1929 to house the parlement of the Republic of Cuba . See the hall of pas perdus. A diamond last belonging to the Tzar of Russia now used to mark kilometer zero to all distances in the island. It is now the headquarters of the ministry of Sciences, technologies ,and the...

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  • Sierra Maestra

    Santiago de Cuba Things to Do

    From the top of the "Gran Piedra" they say you can see Haiti and Jamaica on a clear day. Our trip up mountain wasn't on a clear day, but it was a beautiful view inbetween clouds. You can drive up most of the way, then there is a challenging staircase to the very top....but worth the climb...4048 feet. There is a restaurant there and a few wood...

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  • Trinidad People

    Trinidad Things to Do

    Drink the special "aphrodisiac" ;-) cocktail of the region made from lemon juice, honey and Santero Cuban brand rum, in the famous Trinidad bar "La Canchanchara" with live traditional music. It is served cold in a little wooden pot and it's deliciously refreshing! The bar is housed in a mansion that was build in 1723 and still has its original...

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  • Catedral

    Cienfuegos Things to Do

    The Cathedral in Cienfuegos, Catedral de la Purisima Concepcion, is placed on the square, Parque Marti. Finished in 1869, colored cathedral has a neo-classical front side with two red bell towers of different heights, three arched doors and stained glass windows of the twelve apostles. Inside the cathedral has neo-Gothic characteristics and is...

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  • Skydiving

    Varadero Things to Do

    Got this idea from 416Guy..... But Found out that its only done on mondays!! the day i arrived and left. Also Depends on the weather, too windy its a no go. But you do land on the beach at your hotel or so i was told By the Rep . " Things can and do change!" Next time !!! Next time!!

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