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Cuba tourism Cienfuegos

Tourism: Beach | Culture | Nature | Diving | 

Cienfuegos, literally “hundred fires’, is the smallest province in Cuba and one of the country’s best kept secrets. The capital city, often called “the pearl of the south”, is packed with architectural delights including the Palacio de Valle and Arco de Triunfo - the only Arco de Triunfo in Cuba. Nearby Playa Rancho Luna offers some top class diving.  El Nicho waterfalls (just 90 minuets away) offers gorgeous mountain views and small bathing pools.

Accommodation offers Cienfuegos

tourist accommodation Cienfuegos Cuba

Accommodation in Cienfuegos ranges from hotels to casas particulares (private rooms).

If you’re looking for a casa particulare in Cienfuegos, head towards the Punta Gorda area - this is your best bet for budget accommodation in Cienfuegos. Although the area is slightly removed, the private rooms here are generally more atmospheric.

If you’re after a hotel in Cienfuegos, check out Cubanacan Boutique La Union, it’s an absolute gem, located right in the heart of the city.

Cienfuegos city

Cuba Cienfuegos travel guide

The capital of Cienfuegos province - Cienfuegos, is certainly a little gem on the south coast of Cuba. Founded by French immigrants in 1819, Cienfuegos has preserved its architectural heritage. A few years ago, the UNESCO has declared the city as "World Heritage".

A top attraction of Cienfuegos is the only "Arco de Triunfo" ('Triumphal Arch') in all the Caribbean island, which has been built for the independence of Cuba. Around the "Parque José Martí" and in the old upper-class neighborhood "Punta Gorda", you can get an idea of the splendor of bygone days.





Most travelers to Cuba don’t give Cienfuegos a second glance. It remains free of mass tourism and still has that “undiscovered feel”. 
This will no doubt change as its hidden charms surface.

This beautiful part of Cuba has it all - Culture, nature, nightlife, beaches. If you’re traveling on a budget or want to experience the “real Cuba”, away from the tourist hotels, stay in one of Cienfuegos’s casas particulares - you won’t be disappointed.





Cienfuegos - Cuba

Cienfuegos

  • Capital: Cienfuegos
     
  • Havana:                254 km
  • Santiago de Cuba: 658 km


  • Map & Next provinces

  • Cienfuegos casa particular
     

Top attractions in Cienfuegos Province:

  • Diving at "Playa Rancho Luna"
  • The "El Nicho" waterfalls
  • Chilling in one of Punto Gordo’s casa particulares.
  • The "Arc de Triomphe" (Arco de Triunfo)
  • The botanical gardens ("Jardín Botánico de Cienfuegos") - 97 hectares of beautiful plant life & the "Parque José Martí" - a lovely park in Cienfuego’s "Plaza de Armas"
  • The Delfinario lagoon where you can see dolphins and sea lions swim.
  • The neo-gothic "Palacio de Valle" - an architectural delight! & The "Casa de la Musica" - a music venue with a large seafront stage and amazing views out to the Escambray Mountains.
Where to stay
  • Cienfuegos Cuba
    Hostels & Apartments
    Cienfuegos
    Playa Rancho Luna
    Cruces

     
  • Hotels

    Cienfuegos
    "Hotel Encanto La Union"
    "Hotel Gran Caribe Jagua"
    "Hotel Villa Islazul Yaguanabo"
    "Hotel Club Amigo Faro Luna"
    "Hotel Club Amigo Rancho Luna"
    "Hotel Punta La Cueva"
    " Islazul Pasacaballo Hotel "



     
Sights & Beach
  • Sights


     
  • Beach
    Playa Rancho Luna
    Playa Arimao
    Las Playitas

     
Useful Informations
  • Internet Cienfuegos Cuba
    Internet
    ETECSA public Wifi-zones

    - Central park "Parque Martí"
    - Fast food restaurant "Rápido" at Punta Gorda

Province Cienfuegos

Cuba Beach: Cienfuegos

Cuba Rancho Luna beach guide Cuba hostels

  • Beach Playa Rancho Luna

    Located around 18 kilometers south of Cienfuegos, Playa Rancho Luna is a picturesque curved beach with a number of large hotels. The sands here are bright white, the blue waters are crystal clear and warm all year round.  

    This whole coastline is protected by a spectacular coral reef that you can even swim out to at some points. It’s a popular snorkeling and diving spot with excellent visibility and some colorful marine creatures. At low to medium depths you’ll see some beautiful coral formations and plenty or marine life. Go deeper and you’ll come across sponges, sea fans and coral beds. This is where you’ll find the Notre Dame reef, which stretches up to five meters. It’s the highest coral formation in the Americas.

    There are a number of dive centers in Rancho Luna including Whale Shark and Cubanacan Nautica. Hotel Rancho Luna also has it’s own dive centre. There’s beginners courses, night dives, cave diving, wreck diving to choose from. From August to November you can see Whale sharks in these waters but don’t worry, they’re harmless!

Travel in Cuba: Cienfuegos
  • Tourism Cuba Domestic flights Cienfuegos
    Airports
    Cienfuegos

     
  • Bus station Cienfuegos
    Bus station
    Cienfuegos ("Jaime González" - CFG)

     
  • Bus stations "ASTRO" Cienfuegos Province Cuba
    Bus stations "ASTRO"
    Cienfuegos

     
  • Train stations Cienfuegos Province Cuba
    Train stations
    Cienfuegos
    Palmira
    Aguada de Pasajeros

     
  • Car rental Cuba Cienfuegos
    Car rental
    Hotel La Unión, Hotel Jagua, Hotel Rancho Luna