Parque Josone information
This green oasis is more enclosed and much prettier than Parque Central. The gardens date back to 1940, taking their name from the former owners, José Fermín Iturrioz y Llaguno and his wife Onelia, who owned the Arrechabala rum distillery in nearby Cárdenas and built a neoclassical mansion here: the Retiro Josone.
Expropriated after the Revolution, the mansion became a guesthouse for visiting foreign dignitaries. The park is now a public space for the enjoyment of all – you may see Cuban girls celebrate their quinciñeras (15th-birthday celebrations) here. Josone's expansive, shady grounds feature a lake with rowboats (CUC$0.50 per person per hour), atmospheric eateries, resident geese, myriad tree species and a minitrain. There's a public swimming pool (admission CUC$2) in the south of the park and the odd ostrich lurking nearby. Good music can be heard nightly.