Cuba Things to Do

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Cuba Things to Do

  • Beach

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Varadero Things to Do

    The most obvious thing to do in Varadero is to spend hours soaking up the sun on the sand in front of the turquoise sea. Certainly the widest and the longest beach I saw in Cuba, plenty of room for everyone except perhaps in front of the "all inclusive" hotels. Along the beach though there are plenty of sunshades and here and there are renters of...

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  • Capitolio Nacional - National Capitol

    Havana Things to Do

    It's name recalls of course the Capitol in Washington but in fact is based on the design of the Pantheon in Paris, although the cupola was constructed and imported from the US. Finished in 1929 it was the home of the government until the Revolution, when the new regime disbanded the Congress. It then became the Ministry of Science and Technology....

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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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  • 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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  • Street Scenes

    Trinidad Things to Do

    Whether by day or night there really some great scenes to take pics in Trinidad. Colours abound everywhere, the vintage American cars amongst them. Many are well renovated, but of course since 50/60 years many have needed a change of engine. Problem is the only motors available are old Lada engines that seem to adapt quite well on the chassis and...

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  • Palacio de Valle

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cienfuegos Things to Do

    The Palacio is down at at the Punta Gorda end of the Malecon and looks as though it has come straight out of 1001 nights. Built in the late 1890's and quickly sold to Senor del Valle, a Spaniard but one of the richest men in Cuba. In 1950 a brothzer of Batista bought it and wanted to turn it into a casino, but it never happened although much of the...

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  • Castillo del Morro

    Santiago de Cuba Things to Do

    The Castillo del Morro also called Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca was built in 1637 replacing a smaller fort built 1590 to 1610 as a defense against pirates. Get there by bus 11 which has a stop at Av. 24 de Febrero and Paraiso near Placa de Marte goes then near the airport (turns about 200 meter before) and the fort (appearently no official bus...

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  • Playa Blanca

    Baracoa Things to Do

    The most popular beaches in Baracoa are ~15km north of the town, which means you either need to rent a bicycle, hire a taxi or arrange other transportation. There is however a small, quiet beach within walking distance (~45min each way) from Baracoa. To get there, go to the south end of the Malecon (near Fuerte Matachin) Walk and follow the coast...

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  • Casa de Cultura

    Viñales Things to Do

    The little town of Vinales, is just that - little. And as would be expected, their museum and Casa de Cultura are too. Located in the main Plaza Jose Marti, right next to the church, the Casa de Cultura is open during normal business hours. It has a few historic artifacts and several pieces of artwork on the walls, but if nothing else, 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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  • Plaza de la Revolucion

    Havana Things to Do

    This is one of the few touristy sights located in the Vedado neighborhood. It's a large open space that's used for political rallies and such. There's a large marble monument to Jose Marti across from two government buildings that feature the faces of Che Guevera and Camilo Cienfuegos (it's NOT of Fidel, as everyone thinks), so it's a great place...

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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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  • 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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  • Plaza Mayor

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Trinidad Things to Do

    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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  • Teatro Tomas Terry

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cienfuegos Things to Do

    Magnificent building from the hall onwards. In the centre of the hall is a statue in white Carrera marble of Terry himself and a superb fresco on the ceiling. Stairs to the left take you up to the gallery where there are three tiers of balconies. The theatre holds some 950 people. Built in 1887/9 the theatre opened in 1895 with a version of Aida by...

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  • Parque Cespedes

    Santiago de Cuba Things to Do

    This square is known as Parque Cespede.This is a good place to start your walk around the old part of Santiago.The attractive square with its gas lanterns,tall trees and iron benches is a nice place to sit and watch the Cuban folk going about their daily life. It was from the balcony of the City Hall on Parque Cespedes that Fidel Castro gave his...

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  • Boca de Miel

    Baracoa Things to Do

    Boca de Miel, supposedly named for the honey smell of the sweet water, is about 30 minutes walk south of Baracoa. Follow the coast past the stadium on the beach and you'll get there by crossing a footbridge over the small bay. This little footbridge was partially damaged when I passed due to a storm (maybe its been that way for a long time?)....

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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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  • Malecon

    Havana Things to Do

    Malecon is Havana's refreshing beauty. It stretches for several kilometers, embracing Havana Vieja and Central Havana and Vedado. It makes a refreshing stroll, with beautiful views of the sea, and a chance to see locals in their relaxing time. Fishing, strolling, courting or just gazing at the vast sea. If you keep your camera focused on the road...

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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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  • 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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  • Musea

    Trinidad Things to Do

    This is a small museum in a completely rundown state for the 72 martyres of the town that died either during the struggles against Batista, against the contra-revolutionaries but also in Somalia. The museum is in the old house of one these men, José Mendoza Garcia, an avowed revolutionnary and assassinated by Batista's men in November '58 in...

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  • Parque Marti

    Cienfuegos Things to Do

    This is a lovely square with the inevitable statue of José Marti in the centre. Some nice colonial buildings all around including the superb Teatro Tomas Terry, the college San Lorenzo and the old government house, now a museum. At the far end is the only triomphal arch in Cuba just by the Casa de la Cultura, inside the Palacio Ferrer.

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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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  • Fuerte Matachin - Museo Matachin

    Baracoa Things to Do

    This little fortress is one of the oldest in Cuba. It might not look that impressive in size, but it served its purpose for decades. Today it's cannons point in vain at the bay, but the interior houses the Museo Matachin. There are displays on the local flora and fauna, indigenous people, as well as local celebrities of note, such as boxer...

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  • Parque Retiro Josone

    4 out of 5 stars

    Varadero Things to Do

    This is a nice walk for anybody around the lake and mainly in the shade of the huge trees that are there. There's a few restaurants and bars if you need but mainly from 12h00 onwards. You can also take a pedalo out on the lake. Apparently there is a swimming pool right at the top of the park, but I didn't go and verify. In another corner there is a...

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  • Habana Vieja - Old Havana

    Havana Things to Do

    There are four historic plazas in Old Havana--Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza Vieja, Plaza de Armas, and Plaza de San Francisco--and you can visit them all for free! In fact, walking to the different plazas is a great way to explore Old Havana. I love Plaza de la Catedral because of the cathedral--it's also probably one of the more popular so there are...

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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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  • Trinidad People

    Trinidad Things to Do

    Trinidad is a wonderful place to study spanish. I have made two trips to Trinidad in 2015 to study with an excellent tutor, Margarita Simon Espinosa who is a professional language teacher with over 20 years experience. Stay closer to the central park away from Plaza Mayor where there are fewer tourists, many restaurants and banks and you can...

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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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  • 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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  • Museo Arqueologico and Cueva el Paraiso

    Baracoa Things to Do

    With a 3CUC entrance, the Museo Arqueologico and Cueva el Paraiso is one of the better deals you can find in Baracoa. The entrance is not easy to get to for those with mobility issues, since it is at the top of a steep street, and then continues up a path/steps along the cliff side. The museum itself is in the caves of the cliffs. There is a...

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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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  • Local Life

    Havana Things to Do

    Not just the best, the only! If you like to meet people, you MUST stop by the wonderful English-language book- and coffeeshop, Cuba Libro, in the Vedado district of Havana. More information: Cuba Libro Bookshop/Coffeeshop: Address: Calle 24 #301 Bajos | Calle 19 Vedado, Havana 10400, Cuba (the even-numbered streets ('calles') run NE-SW and the...

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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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  • Valle de los Ingenios

    Trinidad Things to Do

    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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  • Catedral

    Cienfuegos Things to Do

    The first part of the cathedral was actually started in 1833 but only finished in 1881. Surprise, surprise the stained glass windows of the 12 apostles were done in Paris, while the two windows of Christ are from Barcelona. Although there are services every day the cathedral is only open for visits from 7h00 until 12h00 Mon to Fri. In February 2015...

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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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  • Blowhole

    Baracoa Things to Do

    At the north end of the Malecon, near the Fuerte La Punta, is a small blowhole, that can soak you depending on the strength of the waves. The rocks near the shoreline have a crack which I watched for a while, spaying water some 25ft into the air. Nothing much more than a quick stop, a place to rest the legs and take in the scenery.

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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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  • Museo de la Revolution - Revolution...

    4 out of 5 stars

    Havana Things to Do

    The Revolution Museum in Cuba is housed in the old Presidential Palace, which means you can enjoy gorgeous architecture as well as the history of the Revolution. You can even see bullet holes in the courtyard from when the overthrow of Batista went down. There's also a fun "Wall of Cretins" which ridicules three US Presidents & Batista, artifacts...

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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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  • Iglesia Parroquial

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Trinidad Things to Do

    A thatch roofed church first stood here in 1620 and lasted nearly 200 years before a storm blew it away. This new was built and re-built and finally finished in 1892 and occupies the eastern side of the Plaza Mayor. It has a magnificent Gothic altar to your left on entering, and a statue dating from 1713 called the "Cristo de Vera Cruz". Open...

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  • Paseo del Prado

    Cienfuegos Things to Do

    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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  • Playa la Estrella

    Santiago de Cuba Things to Do

    One of the closest beaches is the small Playa la Estrella, there is a restaurant and you might find also a room for CUC 10. It is close to the Castillo el Morro so you can combine it as a daytrip. Get there by bus 11 which has a stop at Av. 24 de Febrero and Paraiso near Placa de Marte goes then near the airport (turns about 200 meters before) and...

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