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Restaurante Tu Isla

This rooftop restaurant above the casa particular of the same name serves good Cuban classics with an Italian twist. The decor is nautical and traditional live music gets going most nights.
Museum in Nueva Gerona

Museo Finca el Abra

On October 17, 1870, the teenage José Martí spent nine weeks of exile at this farm before his deportation to Spain. Legend has it that the revolutionary's mother forged the shackles he wore here into a ring, which M…
Cuban in Nueva Gerona

Restaurante El Abra

An open-air place on delightful Presa El Abra, 4km southwest of the center, this is where pineros go on weekends to partake in comida criolla (Creole food), spontaneous dancing and water sports. Pork (would you beli…
Cuban in Nueva Gerona

Restaurante Toti

Lobster fresh off the grill for CUC$5 and a guitar duo serenading you as you dine? Sound too good to be true? It all happens at Toti, a deliciously modest private restaurant in the Chacón neighborhood up by the Pres…
Carnival in Nueva Gerona

Carnaval Pinero

This is the big one. Get over here for a knees-up that includes parades with giant puppet-like heads, rodeo, sports competitions and perhaps just a little drinking. Held over three days in mid-March.
Cultural Center in Nueva Gerona


Your best bet for a non-reggaetón night out is this nicely renovated colonial house with patio, bar and suave live music.
Monument in Nueva Gerona

El Pinero

Two blocks east of Parque Guerrillero Heroico, you'll see a huge black-and-white ferry set up as a tatty memorial next to the river. This is El Pinero, the original boat used to transport passengers between La Isla …
Museum in Nueva Gerona

Museo Municipal

In the former Casa de Gobierno (1853), the Museo Municipal houses a small historical collection that romps through the best of the island's past. It begins with a huge wall-mounted map of La Isla and continues throu…
Seafood in Nueva Gerona

Restaurante Río

A dog-eared establishment by the river which, on a good day, serves fresh fish from the river and the sea (Nueva Gerona is one of the few places in Cuba where you can eat both) in moneda nacional. It has an outside …
Church in Nueva Gerona

Nuestra Señora de los Dolores

On the northwest side of Parque Guerrillero Heroico, this dinky, Mexican colonial-style church was built in 1926, after the original was destroyed by a hurricane. In 1957 the parish priest, Guillermo Sardiñas, left …