Cienfuegos , the Pearl of the South, is a small city in the Central Cuban province of Cienfuegos. The historic center of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Laguna Guanaroca

A lake full of flamingos in the southeast of Cienfuegos. The entrance fee includes a guided walk to the lake explaining the flora and fauna (1h) and aswell includes a boat trip on the lake to get closer to the flamingos (1h). Lake is surrounded by mangroves and ashore hummingbirds can be spotted. Go there early as it can get very hot and you will be esposed entirely to the sun when sitting in the boat. Cubanacan sells you the ticket but you have to find your own transport. A taxi is CUC 20 both ways. Wait in the office for other tourists to share the taxi with.

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Inés María

This two-room casa is conveniently located, close to both the center and the Viazul bus station. It is beautifully furnished and it has a very nice terrace on the top floor from which one can see the city. But its best feature are the nice people that live there. Do not miss the opportunity to try the delicious food that they cook there at request. Has aircon and hot water.

Mi Ringcón

A small cafeteria catering for Cubans where you can have breakfast. Offers a variety of sandwichs, some juice and coffee. Try the Café Bonbón, a coffee made with condensed milk and choclate. Pay in National Pesos.

Sr. Jose Luis Alvarez Leon y Sra. Beatriz Ortega Turiño

Ave. 60 No. 3301 e/ 33 y 35, independent apartment with kitchen and all commodies. The owner of the housemakes really good food as well.

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Food stalls

On the Paseo del Prado you will find a good number of Pizza stalls, icecream shops and juice vendors. All payed in National Pesos.

Teresita y Yhanes

Ave 52 Nr. 4323 e/43 y 45, Very nice central place with very helpful owners. Depending on season from 15 CUC per room.

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Cuban restaurant that offers a variety of creol food as well as a vegetarian option on request. Pay in National Pesos.

Casa Colonial (Milagros & Gerardo)

A friendly casa particular in a colonial house with high ceilings and just a block from the Jose Martí park.

Museo Histórico

A historical museum, with exhibits ranging from archeology of the original Indians, to the colonial eras.

Tienda Artex

Good shopping for gifts, such as shower curtains printed with paintings from the Museo Bellas Artes.

Tomas Terry Theatre

Victorian theatre, built in 1890. Lots of original features, and very pretty. Also has a nice cafe.

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Nice, quiet restaurant for lunch. The grilled tuna salad sandwiches are delicious!

1950's Houses

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Palacio de Valle

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About Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos is the only city in Cuba that was founded by the French. As a result, it feels a little different than other Cuban cities, with wider streets. There are two main areas of interest to tourists; Pueblo Nuevo, the city centre; and Punta Gorda, a peninsula with lots of 1950's homes. It's a nice place to visit for a day or two, but after that, you might run out of things to do.

5 Septiembre, is the local periodical.

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