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Cienfuegos Highlights

Known as ‘The Pearl of the South’, Cienfuegos is a small city overlooking a large Caribbean bay which served as a refuge against storms for explorers and pirates long ago. In 1745 the ‘Castillo de Jagua’ was built at the entrance to the bay for protection against Caribbean pirates and the colonial town was later founded in 1819. Initially settled by French immigrants, Cienfuegos became one of the chief seaports of the Cuban sugar, coffee and tobacco trades. This rich and culturally diverse heritage has left an eclectic legacy of French influenced colonial and neo-classical style buildings in the UNESCO listed historic centre. The beautiful bay, historic buildings and harbour-front Malecón make it a wonderful city to explore for one or two nights.

Accommodation in Cienfuegos

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Our favourites are selected by us due to overall quality, hospitality, authenticity, location and also their consistently good customer feedback.


A selection of the many hotels that we can book

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Our Most Popular Cienfuegos Experiences

We can organise before you travel to Cuba, a wide range of fantastic experiences that can be completely tailored for you.Take advantage of our friendly and knowledgeable pre-booking service and save time making arrangements during your holiday.

We can also pre-book Cuba's amazing private hidden away restaurants (paladars), which are highly recommended, extremely popular and get booked up well in advance. Talk to our team about adding experiences and restaurants to your booking.

Guanaroca Lagoon

A bird watcher’s paradise, with a unique array of birds including flamingos. Dense green vegetation surrounds the lake, home to more than 170 varieties of bird including pelicans, hummingbirds, and most notably a colony of flamingos An unmissable morning whilst in Cienfuegos.

Botanical Garden of Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos’s Botanical Gardens are one of Cuba’s largest gardens, and also the oldest on the island.Cienfuegos’s Botanical Gardens are one of Cuba’s largest gardens, and also the oldest on the island.

El Nicho Park and Waterfalls view of waterfalls

El Nicho Park and Waterfalls

A marvel of nature with dozens of waterfalls and natural pools in an area virtually untouched, hidden among the mountains and one of the most beautiful spots in Cuba. A paradise combining vegetation, rivers, and the Black Creek waterfalls, where water plunges 30 meters.

Cienfuegos City Tour view of bay and city

Cienfuegos City Tour

Visit the historical centre, Jose Marti Park, the Tomas Terry Theatre, the Purisima Cathedral Church, Meson El Palatino, the Provincial Museum, the Malecon, Punta Gorda and Jagua Bay.

Cruise Cienfuegos Bay sailing boat and yacht club

Cruise Cienfuegos Bay

Take a leisurely boat trip around the bay. Take in exceptional views of the city, the keys and the coast. Visit the Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles de Jagua Fortress, built in 1745.