Attractions

Top Choice Farm in San Miguel de los Baños & Around

Finca Coincidencia

Enhance your taste for bucolic provincial life, away from the razzmatazz of Matanzas Province's north coast at this ecological farm 14km northeast of San Miguel de los Baños and 6km east of Colesio on the Carretera …
Top Choice Gallery in Matanzas

Taller-Galería Lolo

Imagine. You're tramping through Matanzas' tatty streets wondering whether the 'Athens of Cuba' moniker is just a local joke when you stumble upon this busy artist's collective down by the river, guarded by epic sur…
Top Choice Church in Matanzas

Iglesia de Monserrate

For a mappable view of mildewed Matanzas on one side and the broccoli green Valle de Yumurí on the other, climb 1.5km northeast of the center up Calle 306 to this renovated church dating from 1875. The lofty bastion…
Top Choice Ruins in San Miguel de los Baños & Around

Gran Hotel & Balneario

A gorgeous ruin lying truly abandoned in the middle of small-town Cuba, that's heavy with atmosphere and still shines (despite the mildew) with a perceptible beauty. Between the 1920s and 1950s, this grand edifice f…
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 …
River in Varadero to Matanzas

Parque Turístico Río Canímar

Boat trips on the Río Canímar, 8km east of Matanzas, are a truly magical experience. Gnarly mangroves dip their jungle-like branches into the ebbing water and a warm haze caresses the regal palm trees as your boat s…
Museum in Playa Girón

Museo de Playa Girón

This museum with its gleaming glass display cases evokes a tangible sense of the history of the famous Cold War episode that unfolded within rifle-firing distance of this spot in 1961. Across the street from Villa P…
Dive Site in Playa Girón

Cueva de los Peces

If you don't fancy diving in the sea, head to the Cueva de los Peces, a 70m-deep cenote (flooded tectonic fault) on the inland side of the coast road halfway between Playa Larga and Playa Girón. It's a pretty spot a…
Notable Building in Varadero

Mansión Xanadú

Everything east of the small stone water tower (it looks like an old Spanish fort, but was built in the 1930s), next to the Restaurante Mesón del Quijote, once belonged to the Du Pont family. Here the millionaire Am…
Park in Varadero

Parque Josone

If you're set on sight-seeing in Varadero, ensconce yourself in this pretty green oasis. These landscaped gardens date back to 1940 and take their name from the former owners, José Fermín Iturrioz y Llaguno and his …