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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 International in Varadero

Varadero 60

Upping the ante considerably in Varadero's new private-restaurant scene is this fine-dining establishment that exudes an aura of refinement not seen since Benny Moré last cleared his throat and shouted ‘Dilo’! Lobst…
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 International in Matanzas

El Chiquirrín

A pianist plays romantically on a baby grand, chefs work artistically behind a glass partition in the kitchen, and a waiter carves Chateaubriand at your table. New York? Paris? No, the former culinary wasteland of M…
Top Choice Concert Venue in Matanzas

Sala de Conciertos José White

Restoration of this 1876 building abutting Hotel Velazco was completed in 2014 and every inch, flourish and cornicing of its former glory is well worth a lingering look. Fitting for a building that formerly hosted t…
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 Live Music in Varadero

Beatles Bar-Restaurant

A roquero’s delight on the edge of Parque Josone, honoring the previously banned Beatles in a bar that evokes the swinging spirit of the decidedly un-Cuban 1960s. Simple food and beer are served but the real draw is…
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 …
Top Choice International in Varadero

Salsa Suárez

With possibly the most all-encompassing menu of Varadero's new private restaurants, Salsa Suárez impresses with its salubrious greenery-covered patio and ultra-professional never-miss-a-beat service. Food influences…