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Las Tunas - capital of the Las Tunas province

 

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Province: Las Tunas

Tourism: Beach | Culture | Nightlife | Relax | 

Las Tunas - or "Victoria de Las Tunas" - is the capital of the province Las Tunas in Eastern Cuba. As well it is referred to as the "Balcony of the East", since here the eastern part of Cuba officially has its geographical beginning. With 150.000 inhabitants Las Tunas is the largest city in the province.

Las Tunas is compared to other Cuban cities, little touristy and therefore also offers a very relaxed family atmosphere, that is found rarely on the Caribbean island. With many trees and almost no industry Las Tunas is probably one of the greenest cities in Cuba. Although 150.000 people live here, you have rather the impression of beeing in a big village.
Eastern Cuban mentality is much more "tranquilo" and have a different charm then for instance the "Los Habaneros" from the Cuban capital. Stress is unknown and you will find very pleasant people here and will hear a more melodic spoken Spanish then in other parts of Cuba. Welcome to (Wilder) Eastern Cuba!
The old colonial buildings in the center of Las Tunas city have been restored in the last few years and give the center a charming special atmosphere.

Lodgings Las Tunas

Hostels Las Tunas Cuba

In Tunas there are two hotels: the "Hotel Las Tunas" and the "Hotel Cadillac". But best value for money you will get in the numerous casas particulares in Las Tunas - private lodgings provided by cuban families.


Sights in Las Tunas

Las Tunas Cuba Sights -
Tourism in Las Tunas Capital City:

Most of the sights are located in the historical center of Las Tunas. The provincial museum ("Museo provincial") displays an interesting collection of the different epochs of the city - from the precolonial time until the cuban revolution.
In the museum for the victims of the terroristic attack on a Cuban plain ("Museo de los mártires de Barbados") is another impressive place to visit.
An art gallery and some places of local heroes invite to explore the interesting history of Las Tunas.

Las Tunas Cuba Sights -
Las Tunas - city of sculptures:

Its other nickname "City of sculptures" is absolutely fair to Las Tunas - the city is interspersed with sculptures and almost on every corner there is a small (or big) piece of art. The Las Tunas Art School has a good reputation nationwide.


Magic Las Tunas:

Unique in Las Tunas is the Magician School - there exists only this one in Cuba. Here are trained Magicians for the hole country. In November of each year, here meet magicians from all Cuba for the traditional festival "Ánfora" for a nationwide competition. If you stay in this time in Las Tunas you shouldn't miss this really remarkable spectacle.


Day-trips from Las Tunas:

In the surroundings of Las Tunas you find some really beautiful and so far mostly unknown places, such as the "El Cornito" - a small resort in the middle of nature, the place, where the local Poet "El Cucalambé" lived and worked. Or the heavenly lake "Las Minas" where you can swim, and make party by day and by night.  There are some secret places in Las Tunas and if you know where to go, you will experience Cuba off the beaten track.
50 km in the north of Las Tunas is located the small town of Puerto Padre. From her you get easliy to the  (mostly unspoiled) beaches of the Cuban Atlantic coast. With a rental car or a privat taxi this is possible to do in a day.

Cuba Las Tunas

Province Las Tunas

Las Tunas Cuba Map Province Las Tunas
Tourism
  • Sights in Cuba Las Tunas
    Sights
    Tourism in Las Tunas Capital City
    Las Tunas - city of sculptures
    Magic Las Tunas
    Day-trips from Las Tunas

     
  • Beach in Cuba Las Tunas
    Beaches
    "Playa La Boca" beach
    "Playa La Llanita" beach
    "Punta Tomate" beach
    "Punta Coreilla" beach
    "Playa La Herradura" beach

     
  • Restaurant in Cuba Las Tunas
    Restaurants
    Restaurant "El Baturro"
    Restaurant "La Bodeguita"
    Restaurant "2007"
    Restaurant "1800"

     
  • Paladares in Cuba Las Tunas
    Paladares
    Paladar "El Bacán"
    Paladar "La Roca"

     
  • Bars & clubs in Cuba Las Tunas
    Nightlife
    Discotheque "La Bolera" (o "Luanda")
    Cabaret "El Taino"

     
Accommodation
Useful Informations
  • Las Tunas Tourist Office
    Tourist Office


     
  • Las Tunas Money Exchange
    Money Exchange


     
  • Cuba Travel Guide: Las Tunas: Internet
    Internet
    wifi-zones of the state telephone company ETECSA:
    - Plaza Martiana (right by the park in the center "Parque Vicente García")
    - in the Buena Vista district by the "Tanque" water tank
    ETECSA sells prepaid cards "Tarjetas prepagadas" in their stores (1 h = 2 CUC)
Public transport

Beaches in Las Tunas


Cuba Travel Guide: - Las Tunas Beaches

In the north of Las Tunas, about 50 km away, is located the other highlight of the province - Puerto Padre with its beautiful and mostly unspoiled beaches. With a rental car or a taxi (even cheaper - ask the host of your lodging) all this you can explore during your stay in Las Tunas or stay a few days in Puerto Padre in a casa particular.
The most popular beaches in Las Tunas province are Playa La Boca, Playa La Llanita and Playa La Herradura. Explore about 40 km of this undiscovered Caribbean coast line.

"Playa La Boca" beach:"Playa La Llanita" beach:"Punta Tomate" beach:"Punta Coreilla" beach:"Playa La Herradura" beach:

Restaurants & Paladares in Las Tunas


The restaurants on Las Tunas are located in the center of the city near the central park "Parque Vicente García". Our choice is the restaurant "El Baturro" in the road "Carretera Central Vicente García". You find an original decoration and a good value for money.
The other way is to take the meal at home in your casa particular in Las Tunas. The advantage is, that you can tell the cook exactly what you want to eat and how you wish, that they prepare it.
As well there are some Paladares in Las Tunas, small restaurants managed by private persons, which usually offer better food then the public restaurants owned by the government.

 Restaurants in Las Tunas

Restaurant "El Baturro"

The restaurant with the best value for money. Nice atmosphere. Meat, rice, fried bananas, shrimp cocktail.

Restaurant "La Bodeguita"

Pleasant atmosphere and live music (traditional Cuban music). A bit more expensive.

Restaurant "2007"

Opened in 2007. Very well maintained, but a bit sterile atmosphere.

Restaurant "1800"

Restaurant where you can pay Cuban Pesos.



 Paladares in Las Tunas

Paladar "El Bacán"

Creole cuisine

Paladar "La Roca"

Cuban dishes.


Nightlife: Bars, pubs & clubs in Las Tunas


Nightlife in Las Tunas has it all. Several night clubs & bars (some 24 hours) make nights short. Much more relaxed atmosphere than the typical tourist areas in Cuba.

Discotheque "La Bolera" (o "Luanda")The biggest night club in Las Tunas City. Start at 9p.m. Who wants to have one of the tables, arranged around the dance floor, should be there in time (at least on weekends).
Cabaret "El Taino"Really good dance shows & comedians. Starts early - so an ideal for preclubbing.

Arrival to Las Tunas - Las Tunas Cuba


Most people will get by bus (Viazul, Astro) to Las Tunas. There are several buses per day making stop here. Las Tunas city is located right by the central road of Cuba, so, that you can take all the busses, that connect Havana and Santiago de Cuba.
People with rental cars are much more independent on their trip through Cuba. If your trip starts in Havana you would get to Las Tunas from the Camagüey province, which is located in the west of Las Tunas province; the eastern neighbor is the Holguin province.
Train is another option, but normally it takes more time and is more stressful and less reliable.
As well it's possible to get by airplane to Las Tunas from Havana. Two times per week there is a flight from Havana to Las Tunas.


 

Weather & climate in Las Tunas

Cuba is located near the tropic of cancer and provides one of the most pleasant climates worldwide. Las Tunas is part of Eastern Cuba, where the temperatures usually are higher then in western Cuba. 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.

Las Tunas Cuba Map

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