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Top Choice Square in Camagüey

Plaza del Carmen

Around 600m west of the frenzy of República sits another sublimely beautiful square, one less-visited than the central plazas. It's backed on the eastern side by the masterful Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Carmen, o…
Top Choice Gallery in Camagüey

Casa de Arte Jover

Camagüey is home to two of Cuba's most creative and prodigious contemporary painters, Joel Jover and his wife Ileana Sánchez. Their magnificent home in Plaza Agramonte functions as a gallery and piece of art in its …
Top Choice Museum in Camagüey

Museo Provincial Ignacio Agramonte

Named (like half of Camagüey) after the exalted local War of Independence hero, this cavernous museum, just north of the train station, is in a Spanish cavalry barracks dating from 1848. There's some impressive artw…
Top Choice Gallery in Camagüey

Martha Jiménez Pérez

In Cuba's ceramics capital, the studio-gallery of Martha Jiménez Pérez shows the work of one of Cuba's greatest living artists. See everything from pots to paintings being produced here. The studio overlooks Pérez' …
Top Choice Theater in Camagüey

Teatro Principal

If a show's on, GO! Second only to Havana in its ballet credentials, the Camagüey Ballet Company, founded in 1971 by Fernando Alonso (ex-husband of number-one Cuban dancing diva, Alicia Alonso), is internationally r…
Top Choice European in Camagüey

Casa Austria

Locals line up for strudel and decadent cakes at this Austrian-run cafe. After so much comida criolla (creole food), travelers embrace the international menu featuring chicken cordon bleu, schnitzel and garbanzos st…
Top Choice Seafood in Playa los Cocos

El Bucanero

With a prime beach setting, this thatched seafood hut is in its own class. Call it simple and fresh. The house special of lobster and prawns is enhanced immeasurably by the setting. There's also deck chairs for rent…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Camagüey Province

Reserva Ecológica Limones Tuabaquey

One of Cuba’s newest reserves, these heavily wooded uplands occupy the Sierra de Cubitas in northern Camagüey province. The star attraction is Cuba's most important indigenous art: pre-Columbian cave paintings at Cu…
Top Choice International in Camagüey

El Paso

Finally, a private restaurant with all-day hours, plus a funky interior and an enviable Plaza del Carmen location. There's flavorful ropa vieja (spiced shredded beef), heaping bowls of arroz con pollo a la chorrilla…
Ranch in Sierra del Chorrillo

Hacienda la Belén

Nestled in grassy uplands, this handsome country ranch was built by a Peruvian architect during WWII. It is now run as a nature reserve by Ecotur. It's one of the best places in Cuba to view rare bird species such a…