Cárdenas attractions

Top Choice Museum in Cárdenas

Museo Oscar María de Rojas

Cuba's second-oldest museum (after the Museo Bacardí in Santiago) offers a selection of weird artifacts, including a strangulation chair from 1830, a face mask of Napoleon, the tail of Antonio Maceo's horse, Cuba's …
Museum in Cárdenas

Museo de Batalla de Ideas

The newest of Cárdenas' three museums offers a well-designed and organized overview of the history of US–Cuban relations, replete with sophisticated graphics. Inspired by the case of Elián González, a boy from Cárde…
Museum in Cárdenas

Museo Casa Natal de José Antonio Echeverría

This museum has a macabre historical collection including the original garrote used to execute Narciso López by strangulation in 1851. Objects relating to the 19th-century independence wars are downstairs, while the…
Factory in Cárdenas

Arechabala Rum Factory

To the northwest of the center of Cárdenas, in the industrial zone, is this famous rum factory founded by Spanish immigrant José Arechabala in 1878. Arechabala concocted Havana Club, Cuba's second most iconic rum (a…
Church in Cárdenas

Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepción

Parque Colón is the city's other interesting square, five blocks north of Parque Echeverría. Here stands the main ecclesiastical building of Cárdenas. Built in 1846, it's noted for its stained glass and purportedly …
Monument in Cárdenas

Flagpole Monument

No, not just any old flagpole. Follow Av Céspedes past Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepción to its northern end and you will see this flagpole is attached to a monument and commemorates the first raising of the Cuba…