Bridge in Playa Jibacoa Area

Puente de Bacunayagua

Marking the border between Havana and Matanzas provinces, this is Cuba’s longest (314m) and highest (103m) bridge. Begun in 1957 and finally opened by Fidel Castro in September 1959, it carries the busy Vía...

Park in Jaruco

Parque Escaleras de Jaruco

This wild park, 6km west of Jaruco via hushed unmarked lanes, is a protected area featuring forests, caves and strangely shaped limestone cliffs. Havana residents come here for bucolic weekend breaks Thursday...

Landmark in Playa Jibacoa Area

Central Camilo Cienfuegos

Standing disused on a hilltop like a huge rusting iron skeleton, this former sugar mill, 5km south of Santa Cruz del Norte, was one of Cuba’s largest and a testimony to the country’s previous production clout....

Gardens in Playa Jibacoa Area

Jardines de Hershey

Once lush – now largely overgrown – gardens formerly owned by the famous American chocolate tycoon Milton Hershey who ran the nearby sugar mill. There's an element of charming wildness in the winding paths,...

Cuban in Surgidero de Batabanó

Los Dos Hermanos

In a cute clapboard house that was once an elegant hotel lies the best answer to any ferry delay. Dos Hermanos serves straight-up Cuban nosh quickly and without unnecessary ceremony. Dig in; your next decent meal...

Cuban in Jaruco

El Criollo

The best of the handful of Parque Escaleras de Jaruco's restaurants is the pleasant ranchón (rustic, opened-sided restaurant) El Criollo, where you’ll pay in pesos for various pork- and fish-focused offerings....