View of El Nicho waterfall in Cienfuegos, Cuba
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Cruise to Cienfuegos, Cuba

Originally settled by a Frenchman from Louisiana, Cienfuegos’ laid-back Parisian vibe and fiery Caribbean spirit have captivated visitors for centuries. This Cuban gem is nicknamed the “Pearl of the South” for its picturesque bay— but its real sparkle is the assortment of adventures. Head to its calm waters and coral reefs for kayaking, fishing, snorkeling or scuba diving. Explore the UNESCO-listed historic center by vintage “yank tank”, or take a ferry to 18th-century Castillo de Jagua. From pink flamingos in Guanaroca Lagoon to frescoes in Tomás Terry Theatre to the world’s tallest stalagmite in Martín Infierno Cave— the adventure heats up in Cienfuegos.
National Language Spanish
Currency Accepted Cuban Peso (CUP), Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC)

Things To Do in Cienfuegos

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cienfuegos cuba traditional architecture

VERY VALLE

VERY VALLE

Venture to the Punta Gorda neighborhood for an up-close glimpse of Palacio de Valle. Admire its brilliant mix of architecture— Gothic, Romanesque, baroque and Mudéjar— and ornately carved décor. Built in 1917 by wealthy merchant Acisclo del Valle Blanco, this National Heritage Memorial offers sweeping views of the surrounding bay.

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cienfuegos cuba colonial architecture lion

COLONIAL SNAPSHOT

COLONIAL SNAPSHOT

A walk through Parque José Martí reveals timeless Cuban treasures. Explore the city’s history at Museo Provincial and marvel at the stained-glass windows of Catedral de la Purisima Concepcion. See Casa del Fundador, the city’s oldest building— or peruse shops along El Bulevar.

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cienfuegos cuba el nicho waterfalls gran parque natural topes de collantes clear water

GO WITH THE FLOW OF NATURE

Get lost in Cuba’s natural scenery with an eco-tour of Parque El Nicho, home to a series of waterfalls and natural ponds nestled in the surrounding Escambray Mountains. Here you can hike through the forest on trails that pass ferns and orchids, leading to a refreshing swim in freshwater pools.

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cienfuegos cuba fried king prawns brown rice vegetables

LOCAL CUISINE

Hit the Malecón promenade for food stalls serving cheap eats. Many waterfront eateries dish out fresh Caribbean seafood like arroz a la marinera (seafood rice) and grillada mixta (mixed grill) with lobster, fish and prawns. Roast pork and other authentic dishes can be enjoyed in family homes, served by private paladares. And you can satisfy your thirst with a refreshing Cuba Libre (rum, Coca-Cola and lemon juice).

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cienfuegos cuba habana cigars texture closeup

SHOPPING

The city’s prime shopping spots live along El Bulevar, where you’ll find souvenir kiosks aplenty. Galería Maroya and Galería Tizon both sell paintings, sculptures and photography by local Cuban talents. Stop by Casa del Habano El Embajador for cigars— and don’t leave town without a CD by famous Cuban musician Benny Moré.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
In Cuba it’s illegal to take a photograph of any military, police or airport personnel.

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