Cienfuegos, Cuba

Cienfuegos, Cuba

Cienfuegos is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities on the island. Its bay, considered one of the best stock bays in the world because of its size, draft and security marks the life of this city in the south of Cuba.

Why visit Cienfuegos? Founded in 1819 under the name Fernandina de Jagua, it is the only city in America that was designed and built by French settlers under the Spanish crown. This peculiarity makes it the most Frenchified city in Cuba. A reason that more than united to other many make of Cienfuegos a city of obligatory visit:

  1. Its Historical Center was declared a Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2005. It is considered an architectural jewel because the neoclassical style prevails among its buildings.
  2. Lajas, one of the localities of this province, is the birthplace of Benny Moré, the Bárbaro del Ritmo.
  3. The bay of Cienfuegos is optimal for nautical activities such as sailing, rowing and yachting. The good management of the port area means that the bay of Cienfuegos is considered an ecological bay.
  4. In the Cienfuegos coast, there are more than 30 dive sites that delight the visitor with their seabed. It is in one of them where is the Notre Dame Coral, 8.6 meters high, the highest in Latin America.
  5. The natural benefits close to the city of Ciengfuegos complement the attractions of this destination: the niche, the Botanical Garden, the Hacienda la Vega, and the Guanaroca Lagoon among others.

Where to stay

There are several hotels in the city of Cienfuegos, as well as on its coastline. Private homes are also popular. We invite you to check our page for accommodations in Cienfuegos to find the best options according to your needs and tastes. We also list our favorite places here:

Hotel La Unión

Hotel La Unión

Calle 31 esquina A-54, Cienfuegos, Cuba
Hotel La Unión is located in a privileged spot in the city center a stone’s throw from Parque More info
Hotel Palacio Azul

Hotel Palacio Azul

Calle 37 e/ 12 y 16, Cienfuegos, Cuba
Hotel Palacio Azul is without a doubt one of the finest hotels in Cienfuegos, also known as Cuba’s ‘ More info
Hotel Rancho Luna

Hotel Rancho Luna

Carretera Rancho Luna Km. 18, Cienfuegos, Cuba
Located 18 kilometers from the city of Cienfuegos – known as the ‘Pearl of the South’ for its charm More info

Tours and Excursions

Numerous are the tours including Cienfuegos. Then we make a selection of those that we believe are the most peculiar and interesting.

Cienfuegos City Tour

Cienfuegos City Tour

Cienfuegos, Cuba
The city of Cienfuegos is the most beautiful of the southern coast. It is called “La Perla del Sur” More info
Excursion to El Nicho, Cienfuegos

Excursion to El Nicho, Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos, Cuba
El Nicho, an impressive waterfall with natural pools, is just 29 miles (46 kilometres) from the city More info

Unfortunately there are no car rental offers at this location at the moment.

Places of Interest

  • Historical center of the city
  • Punta Gorda
  • Tomás Terry Theater - One of the 3 vernacular theaters of Cuba, an expression of the Cuban stage of the 19th century.
  • Paseo del Prado - The longest of its kind in Cuba and the main artery of the city. It extends from the entrance of the city to the boardwalk.
  • Palacio del Valle - Local monument and Mention in the category of conservation in 2003. One of the symbols of the city for its architectural, historical and environmental values.
  • Fortress of Our Lady of the Angels of Jagua - Created in 1745. Unique colonial fortification in the center of the country.
  • Rancho Luna Beach - Just 20 minutes from downtown.
  • Dolphinarium - One of the most popular places in Cienfuegos because of the amazing nature of its show.
  • El Nicho - An exceptional landscape made up of waterfalls pocetas and natural pools.
  • Guanaroca Lagoon - Protected area. Coastal environment very attractive for its populations of mangroves and natural refuges of native and migratory avifauna.
  • Botanical Garden - Former laboratory of biological observations at Harvard University. Here around 1550 species are located in a large number of exotic species.

How to get there

The main access road to Cienfuegos is by land. Connected by the Viazul buses and also with shared and private transfers. Cienfuegos has an airport that receives international flights.