Ah…peace at last! For travelers fed up with Cuba's omnipresent army of hassle-heavy jineteros (touts), Bayamo is like a breath of fresh air. Made a provincial capital in 1975, when rural Granma was forged out of the once mighty Oriente, this is a proud and dignified provincial city where you're more likely to encounter guitar-wielding trovadores (traditional singers) than faux street salesmen peddling black-market cigars. Even the traffic's lighter here, with the quirky pedestrianized Calle General García folding indistinguishably into leafy and laid-back Parque Céspedes.
Last updated: Feb 17, 2009