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Cuba: Cienfuegos and Bay of Pigs

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The central heartland of Cuba transitions between the pre-Revolutionary prosperous western plantations and the cattle pasture of the poorer east.  There’s loads of history here, reflected in the racial mix and architecture of the port of Cienfuegos, Pearl of the South. Its French founders left their mark in broad neoclassical boulevards, art deco façades and blond inhabitants but there’s also a strong Afro-Caribbean presence. This is a seafaring city with salt in the air; it’s the world’s primary sugar port. The town is often visited in tandem with a stop at the Bay of Pigs, site of the ill-fated CIA-inspired invasion of 1961.

Our holidays to Cienfuegos and Bay of Pigs

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Signature Cuba: Highlights of Castro's Cuba

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Cuba and the treasured Caribbean expedition cruise - 2 Oct 2018

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Tocororo: Rum and revolution

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Classic cars on the coast

Self-drive Cuba: Best of the west

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Our insider tips for Cienfuegos and Bay of Pigs

Annerys Hockley

Annerys Hockley

Passing through the nearby wildlife rich swamps, lagoons and mangroves of the south coast Zapata peninsula, spotting migrating birds, reptiles and mammals which abound here, and you can visit a crocodile farm.
Stuart

Stuart Whittington

The feeling of living an important part of Cuba’s history as you follow the revolutionary-fired narrative and faded photographs in the Bay of Pigs Museum. A plane used for transporting the counter-revolutionaries is still parked outside.
Hannah

Hannah Donaldson

Strolling down the Prado of Cienfuegos at sunset, accompanying the relaxed local people on their evening promenade.

What our experts say

My favourite place in Cuba? It may come as a surprise: Cienfuegos. The ‘Pearl of the South’ offers a real contrast to other Cuban cities, and makes for a great stopping off point between the tourist hubs of Viñales, Havana and Trinidad. Perched on large bay opening onto the Caribbean Sea, its French architecture - a legacy from the original settlers - really makes it stand out from other towns in the country. It’s also a great jumping off point for a visit to the beautiful Zapata peninsula and famous Bay of Pigs landing site. 

Jim

Jim Ashworth

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