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Camaguey - capital city

 

Cuba tourism | Camaguey  | 
Province: Camagüey

Tourism: Culture | History | Nightlife | 

Camaguey is the capital city of the Camaguey province. It has more then 300,000 inhabitants and the old town, founded in 1514 by the colonizer Diego Velázquez, is one the largest and oldest in Cuba and the Caribbean. The unique ground plan of the historical center of Camaguey goes back to the time when pirates attacked the town. The habitants built a tangle system of streets and alleys to confuse the privateers and protect the city.

The city of Camagüey is full of colonial architecture and interesting places. Still today the town is deeply rooted in their traditions, both Catholic and Camaguey folklores. The people here are lovers of art and try all to develope the arts in all its forms. Camaguey with its many facets is a place, where all travellers will find something intersting.

The museums and monuments are scattered throughout all the city. Camaguey is one of the oldest settlements in Cuba and has be declared a National Monument and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is enough to make a short tour through the old city to find something that catches your eye.

Lodgings Camagüey

Hostels Camagüey Cuba

If you look for a nice and cheap lodging: there is a as well a large number of private lodgings in Camaguey. The offer is quite wide and you can choose according to taste and budget. The owners are accustomed to tourism and usually offer good service.

Apart there are several hotels in Camaguey. "Gran Hotel Camagüey", "Cuba Island Hotel" and "Plaza Hotel" are some of the best known.


Sights in Camagüey

Camagüey Cuba Sights - Travel to Cuba Camagüey - guide and sights
City of "Tinajones" ("Ciudad de los Tinajones"):

Camaguey is also known as the "City of Tinajones". This is because there are a lot of huge clay vessels, which you find in all parts of the city. The tinajas (pots) or tinajones (jars) were used in large colonial houses to store water when it became scarce. Currently there are not in use anymore but became a symbol of the city.


Ballet in Camagüey:

It is noteworthy that Ballet of Camaguey is a prestigious company recognized internationally. Founded by Fernado Alonso (former husband of the well-known dancer Alicia Alonso) and is the second largest in Cuba after that of Havana. The ballet company of Camaguey has won several awards and offers a wide repertoire ranging from classics like "Giselle", to more avantgarde plays. If you have the opportunity to attend one of their performances, don't doubt! Camaguey ballet is one of the best in Cuba.


More sights:

Because, there is much more to see, we have prepared an extra page for more things to see in Camagüey

More sights in Camagüey

In addition to the city and its attractions there are beautiful places to explore in the surroundings of Camaguey. Ask your householder to organize a day-trip with an included meal in the middle of the nature of the city. We recommend a trip to La Finca.

Cuba Camaguey

Province Camagüey

Camagüey Cuba Map Province Camagüey
Tourism
  • Sights in Cuba Camaguey
    Sights
    City of "Tinajones" ("Ciudad de los Tinajones")
    Ballet in Camagüey
    More sights

     
  • Beach in Cuba Camaguey
    Beaches
    Beach "Playa Santa Lucía" Camagüey

     
  • Restaurant in Cuba Camaguey
    Restaurants
    Restaurant "La Herradura"
    Restaurant "El Ovejito"

     
  • Paladares in Cuba Camaguey
    Paladares
    Paladar "La Terraza" (Papito REizo")
    Paladar "Rancho Casas"
    Paladar "El Retorno"

     
  • Bars & clubs in Cuba Camaguey
    Nightlife
    Discotheque "Copacobana"
    Nightclub "Impacto"

     
Accommodation
Useful Informations
  • Camaguey Tourist Office
    Tourist Office


     
  • Camaguey Money Exchange
    Money Exchange


     
  • Cuba Travel Guide: Camagüey: Internet
    Internet
    Public wifi (prepaid-cards - "tarjetas de prepago" you get in the ETECSA-shops)
    - Parque Agramonte
    - Plaza del Gallo
Public transport

Beaches in Camagüey


Cuba Travel Guide: - Camagüey Beaches

The best beaches of Camaguey province are located in the north of the province. The beach Playa Santa Lucia is about 110 km away. Here you find miles of white sand beach and a marvelous blue water. From Nuevitas (80 km away from Camaguey city) you get to the incredible beautiful Cayo Sabinal.

Beach "Playa Santa Lucía" Camagüey:

The beach of "Playa Santa Lucía" ist home to the biggest Hotels in the Camaguey province. White sandy beaches, deep blue water makes Santa Lucía Beach a tourist magnet. If you practice snorkeling or scuba diving in Santa Lucía beach, you can enjoy the wonderfull submarine world in the front of the coast of Santa Lucía Camaguey Cuba.

Apart from the hotels in Playa Santa Lucía, there is no other kind of accommodation here. There are no privat homes - casas particulares in Santa Lucía beach.


Restaurants & Paladares in Camagüey


To find good Cuban food in Camaguey isn't a problem. The traveler will find a lot of restaurants in hard currency (CUC) and as well in Pesos Cubanos. The cuisine varies from traditional Cuban food to pizzas and pastas.
A good option are the paladares, small private restaurants with good service and often with a much wider menu then the restaurants managed by the government.
Another alternative are the casas particulares in Camaguey. Many of the owners prepare food for their guests. You can ask the landlord to prepare a delicious Cuban food for a reasonable price (7-10 CUC).

 Restaurants in Camagüey

Restaurant "La Herradura"

Popular restaurant in the outskirts of Camaguey City (address: C/ D 13 # 1ª y 2ª in the district of "Reparto  Villa Mariana"). Good meals for a good price.

Restaurant "El Ovejito"


 Paladares in Camagüey

Paladar "La Terraza" (Papito REizo")

Creole cuisine for very reasonable prices (< 5 CUC). Typical Cuban dishes, prepared with pork or chicken, rice and beans ("congris") and fried banana.

Paladar "Rancho Casas"
Paladar "El Retorno"

Nightlife: Bars, pubs & clubs in Camagüey


If it's a lively city by day, by night even more. Camaguey has many places to have fun by night. There numerous bars, clubs and cabarets offering shows, music, dance and great people. Some offer traditional music and other modern dance music. However you can find in the street, where musicians are making little concerts and young people are dancing with some bought drinks.

Discotheque "Copacobana"
Nightclub "Impacto"

Arrival to Camagüey - Camaguey Cuba


Most people will arrive by bus (Viazul, Astro) to Camaguey. As Camaguey is located beside the main Cuban Highway, the city is well connected and all the busses going from Havana to Santiago de Cuba stop here.
Renting a car you can explore much better the province, but this option is much more expensive. The distance between Havana and Camaguey is 534 km. The distance from Camaguey to Santiago is 328 km. The province Camaguey is bordered to the west by the province of Ciego de Avila and to the east by the province Las Tunas.
Train is another option, but normally it takes more time and is more stressfull and less reliable.
There is an airport in Camaguey connecting the city with the Cuban capital Havana.

 

 


Weather and climate in Camaguey

Cuba is located near the tropic of cancer and provides one of the most pleasant climates worldwide. The year is divided in two parts - the rainy season in the summer season from May until October and the dryer period from November until April.
Temperatures in winter time will vary between 20 ºC / 68 ºF by night and 27ºC / 81 ºF by day. In rare cases, when there a cold snap bringing fresh air masses from the american continent, it can get colder. In summer time it's getting hotter and temperatures vary between 23ºC / 74 ºF by night and 33 ºC / 91 ºF by day. Humidity is higher in summer (80%) and lower in the month from November until April (60%).
Water temperature doesn't change so much - from 24 ºC / 75 ºF in winter time to 28 ºC / 82 ºF in august.
Be aware of the solar radiation. The UV-index can be very high, so, don't forget the sun cream.

Camagüey Cuba Map

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