1 Casas particulares on La Punta

Stay at one of the exclusive casas particulares on this splendid little peninsula.

2 Cienfuegos paladars

La Punta’s Finca del Mar and El Lagarto are two of the best paladars outside of Havana, serving great, simple food in unforgettable surroundings.

3 Jardín Botánico de Cienfuegos

Lose yourself amid bamboo cathedrals and countless varieties of palm trees.

4 The Jagua ferry

Enjoy the laidback pace of local life on the slow chug across the bay from Cienfuegos, taking in city views and the distant mountains.

5 Parque El Nicho

Walk to the picturesque El Nicho waterfalls and pools in the Sierra del Escambray.

6 Parque Vidal

The main square in Santa Clara is among the most vibrant in Cuba.

7 El Mejunje

A vibrant, unusual music and arts venue with an entertainingly diverse programme and a welcoming vibe.

8 The northern cays

The drive to these remote, beach-blessed islets – along a 50km-long causeway skimming above clear waters – is justification enough to visit.

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