Camaguey-yes or no and why?
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Oct 4, 2013 6:42 PM Last Post By: mishkamo
Oct 3, 2013 6:43 AM
Camaguey-yes or no and why?We're off to Cuba in two weeks for a month.. We've been 11 times . After seeing friends in Matanzas and Remedios we are thinking of Camaguey and would like your opinion on this destination. And to obviate suggestions of other destinations we have been three times further east Baracoa, Bayamo,Manzanillo andGibara and Vinales and Trinidad. Havana for only a few hours2x bc big cities don't turn us on except for the architecture and some culture.We enjoy friendly, honest people and natural surroundings. We know that Camaguey is the third largest Holguin contesting that which brings us to the second part- what of Holguin? Recommend or not?
I see some of the old hands here who seem to enjoy that city. So, what do you say,yeah or nay?
Oct 3, 2013 7:04 AM
1If you already been to Cuba 11 times and have a month to spend there then why not ?
Camaguey is not particularly interesting for the typical traveler which will have seen and done camaguey in just a day or so. But Camaguey has it's charm and it got lots of inexpensive bars around the city center and some clubs which are cheap and good and you won't be bothered by lots of live music and million other tourists like f.ex Havana Vieja. But some of the bars / outdoor areas has it's fair share of jiniter(as/os). Also the people are way more campo than the Havana crowd (big surprise there..) so do expect young girls with gold teeths, bad haircuts, last years fashion in Havana, drunks in the streets with cheap rum etc.
Oct 3, 2013 10:18 AM
2I spend winters in Holguin. Depends what you like. It's a clean city, a little short of bars and good paladars, but
they do exist. Baseball fun, BYOB no problem there like it is in some stadiums.
Scenic area, rolling hills, palms. Beaches (Guardalavaca) about 70km away, need a taxi. good snorkeling and diving.
I liked Holguin and Las Tuna better than Camaguay, but don't know Camaguay well.
Bayamo, about an hour from Holguin also a nice little city.
Oct 3, 2013 10:27 AM
3My assessment of the cities mentioned by Poster #2 is the same as his; Bayamo and Holguin and even Las Tunas better than Camaguey, but don't know Camaguey that well. My main reason for liking the first three more is because they are smaller, less congested, and easier to get from city core out into the surrounding countryside.
Oct 3, 2013 1:47 PM
4If you are traveling to Cuba with your wife and family I don’t think Camagüey will have the same interest for you as for other posters looking for love in all the wrong places. You only live once so go for it and report back what is so appealing about a cattle town besides the local maidens. According to an old folk –tale when you take a drink from a tinajón offered by a local maiden you will fall in love and never leave unless you marry her. I will ask John if that is true when he gets back from Camagüey ………..lol.
Oct 3, 2013 3:13 PM
5Thanks Rickie, I'll have to test the legend... or not. I want to keep my manliness intact - lol. We'll play it by ear. There are a lot of interesting places in striking distance according to Rosa . We'll give it a couple of days and then move on if it's not our cup of tea.
Again, thanks for all the advice received by the posters here.
Oct 3, 2013 7:23 PM
6I really like Camaguey (most people just pass through) because I'm always lost when I'm there. I also like Las Tunas which is much smaller and Holguin. All three are nice IMO. Holguin being close to Gibara is nice.
Bayamo is one of my favorites but you have been there, right?
My feelings are that you need to give a city at least a week or more before you get the "feel".
Oct 3, 2013 8:36 PM
7I've heard that it has a fairly well preserved Spanish colonial centre and a bit of a labyrinth where one should bring a bag of beans to find there way back. But besides some architectural charms, etc, what counts in the end is the people you connect with, and I'm not talking about 'frens'. Chef, I recall you having a certain fondness for the city reading your past posts. We'll give it a go . If it doesn't pull at our heartstrings, we have many other options in the area. Holguin is one where in our early travels we felt comfortable . We have friends in Gibara where we hear "canadiense" as we walk by. Bayamo, two times, is not a place that grabbed us except for the pleasant plaza and the plastic arts . Las Tunas, we will have to check out.
Thanks for the advice,
Oct 4, 2013 5:05 PM
8mishkamo, Camaguey has plenty of culture and historical sights. More than Holguin IMO. But I do like Holguin with the walking streets and general hustle of a wealthy, for Cuba, city.
Go to the rooftop bar at the Gran Hotel in Camaguey for a sunset drink. Great views. Try the Hacienda paladar, you may have to take a taxi or bici-taxi, one of my favorites in all of Cuba. Also the bar at the Hotel Colon is a classic.
Oct 4, 2013 6:42 PM
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