Top things to do in Guantánamo

Top Choice Park in Guantánamo

Zoológico de Piedras

Surreal even by Cuban standards, the Zoológico de Piedras is an animal sculpture park set amid thick foliage in the grounds of a mountain coffee farm, 20km northeast of Guantánamo. Carved quite literally out of the …
Top Choice Live Music in Guantánamo

Tumba Francesa Pompadour

One of only three Tumba Francesa societies left in Cuba, this house, situated four blocks east of the train station, specializes in a unique form of Haitian-style dancing. Programs include mi tumba baile (dance) on …
Top Choice Caribbean in Guantánamo

Sabor Melián

With a discreet entrance on a busy avenue, this locals' favorite features good service and quality Caribbean chow. Don't fear going face-to-face with the whole fried snapper – under crisp skin the meat is incredibly…
Live Music in Guantánamo

Casa de Changüí

As primary pulpit for Guantánamo's indigenous music, this is the place to experience changüí and is a shrine to its main exponent, local timbalero (percussionist) Elio Revé. There's a small Sala de Historia museum o…
Live Music in Guantánamo

Casa Sandunga (ARTex)

Housed in a royal-blue building on a quiet street, this spot for variety shows and humor is openly referred to as 'the place.'
Notable Building in Guantánamo

Palacio Salcines

Local architect Leticio Salcines (1888–1973) left a number of impressive works around Guantánamo, including his personal residence built in 1916, a lavish monument said to be the building most representative of the …
Square in Guantánamo

Parque Martí

Anchored by the tiny Parroquia de Santa Catalina de Riccis (1863), the renovated Parque Martí features information boards and a clutch of interesting shops, restaurants and entertainment nooks strung along vibrant b…
Cuban in Guantánamo

Restaurante 1870

If not for this place opposite Parque Martí, Guantánamo's colonial heyday would go unnoticed. Climb a sweeping marble staircase to the plush balcony-bar gazing down on the main eating area. Prices are more than reas…
Caribbean in Guantánamo

Restaurante Girasoles

A nude statue rather than a girasol (sunflower) marks the entrance to what is, by process of elimination, one of Guantánamo's best restaurants. Behind the Hotel Guantánamo, Girasoles serves up (albeit at a snail's p…
Fiesta in Guantánamo

Noches Guantanameras

Saturday night is reserved for this local coming together, when Calle Pedro A Pérez closes to traffic and stalls are set up in the street: come and enjoy whole roast pig, belting music and copious amounts of rum.