- The old Spanish fortress Fuerte de la Loma with interesting finds
- The Malecon waterfront with bars, restaurants and sea views.
- The unspoiled dream beaches in the north of Puerto Padre.
Puerto Padre, located in the north of the Las Tunas province is one of the most beautiful villages on the Atlantic coast of Cuba. Mass tourism has no role here and so, that the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. Near Puerto Padre are located the best (and mostly unspoiled by tourism) beaches of the Las Tunas province.
Before the Cuban Revolution Puerto Padre was, thanks to the numerous sugar plants (that still cover most part of the area between Puerto Padre and Las Tunas), the most prosperous place in the province. You can still find many buildings testifying the richness of this period. Especially in the main street and next to the park there are still many beautiful old buildings of the beginning of the 20th century to discover.
Sights & things to do in Puerto Padre
Fort of Puerto Padre
At the entrance to the little town you find the Fort of Puerto Padre, which was used in the 19th century to defend the city. Today visitors can see an exhibition of artifacts from the independence war and explore the old architecture and overlook the plains between Puerto Padre and Las Tunas.
History of Puerto Padre
The history of Puerto Padre is pretty interesting as it was one of the first places where the ships of Columbus passed. There even is a legend, that Puerto Padre was the first place, where Columbus landed in Cuba, but that is not proven. But even if this isn't the true, Puerto Padre appears on a map drawn in 1541 along with Baracoa and Gibara as Portus Patris.
As on the coast of Puerto Padre there is always a little wind, the place is suitable for windsurfing and kite boarding in Cuba. It is advisable to bring your own equipment as there is (still) no windsurf or kitesurf station. Who decides to bring his own equipment, will be rewarded with a bay only for himself.
Playas de Puerto Padre
The best beaches of the Las Tunas province are located in the north of Puerto Padre, so, the small town is the best "base camp" to explore the coast with its long, mostly unknown and unspoiled beaches. The nearest beach is called "Playa La Boca" in is located 16 km away from Puerto Padre. Behind you find 30 km of undiscovered beaches, where anybody will find his lonely dream beach.
Playa La Boca
Playa La Llanita
Playa "Punta Tomate"
Playa "Punta Coreilla"
Playa "La Herradura"
There is one restaurant in Puerto Padre right by the seafront. As well, you will find some private restaurants - paladares and of course, the most comfortable kind is to eat where you stay - in the casa particular in Puerto Padre.
There is a state restaurant in Puerto Padre that is located at the end of the waterfront of the town.
Right by the seafront of the bay of Puerto Padre. Simple Cuban dishes, but not so bad for a very reasonable price. You can pay in Pesos Cubanos or CUC.
Resatuarant "El Rápido"
In the center of the village in the front of the Central Park. Fast food: spaghetti, pizza, sandwiches.
Restaurant Playa La Boca
On the "La Boca"-beach of Puerto Padre, there is one restaurant serving fried fish and fried bananas. It's ok.
Paladar de Irene
Very nice hostess. Good food for affordable prices. 5 minutes walk from the Central Park.
Paladar Puerto Padre
Placed on the main street in the front of the office of the telephone company "Etecsa" (there you get Internet). Good dishes (8-12 CUC) - indoor & outdoor.
Paladares en la playa
Ask the people on the beach. There are some paladares on the La Boca beach, where you can eat fish and seafood.
Nightlife: Bars & Clubs in Puerto Padre
There is a nightclub and several bars in Puerto Padre. Especially on weekends the nightclub is highly recommended. Salsa, reggaeton and rap music heat up the atmosphere and people are open and sociable. Certainly one of the best clubs of the province.
The night club of Puerto Padre is located by the Central Park. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are the best days.
There are to bus connection from Havana to Puerto Padre (Astro - 12 hours) and as well to Santiago de Cuba. Another possibility is to take a Taxi from Las Tunas City (20-25 CUC) and if you arrive by airplane to Holguin, just pay a Taxi to bring you directly to Puerto Padre.
If you rent a car you are much more independent of public transport, but this is more expensive.
Climate & weather in Puerto Padre
Thanks to its location by the Atlantic Ocean Puerto Padre provides a pleasant climate without the stifling heat inside the country. Sitting in one of the bars by the waterfront you will always enjoy a refreshing breeze.
- Fort of Puerto Padre
- History of Puerto Padre
- Water sports
- Playa La Boca
- Playa La Llanita
- Playa "Punta Tomate"
- Playa "Punta Coreilla"
- Playa "La Herradura"
- There are no hotels for foreigners in Puerto Padre - only private homes.
- The next airports you find in Holguin and Las Tunas
- There is no Viazul bus stop in Puerto Padre. You would take a taxi from Las Tunas or Holguin.
- The Astro busses are exclusively for Cubans.
- Car rental you have by the gas station "Cupet" on the main street.
- There is no tourist office in Puerto Padre, but you get all the information from the landlord of your private accommodation.
- There is "Cadeca" money exchange in the Vicente Garcia street and 2 banks - one by the Plaza de la Revolution square.
- Wi-Fi hotspots are in the Central Park and by the monument for the musician on the main street.
- Restaurant "Anacaona"
- Resatuarant "El Rápido"
- Restaurant Playa La Boca
- Paladar de Irene
- Paladar Puerto Padre
- Paladares en la playa
- The night club of Puerto Padre is located by the Central Park. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are the best days.