The city of Trinidad Cuba is on the south-central side of the island, and not usually on any list of major tourist stops. That makes it an ideal destination if you want to see a little more of the “real” Cuba away from resorts and major cities.
Things to See
Frankly, one of the best sights in Trinidad is simply Trinidad. It’s an authentic Cuban town with many great examples of colonial architecture, particularly in the historic Plaza Mayor. Just wander around and enjoy the sights of the city.
The town isn’t right on the coast, so there are no immediate beaches in Trinidad Cuba. Just a little to the south though there is a lovely white sand beach at Playa Ancon, and Casilda Bay is very popular with snorkelers and scuba divers.
And for a little more eco-travel, you can visit the Topes de Collantes nature reserve that is as short drive from Trinidad. Cuba has a lot of amazing countryside, and this is a lovely spot where you can hike through forest, up the mountain-side, finding caves and waterfalls as you go.
If history is more your thing, go for a drive through the Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills). The sites and ruins of over 70 mills are scattered through the area, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Specifically, the Manaca Iznaga estate is very impressive with most of the original buildings still standing.
How to Get to Trinidad
Two main roads will bring you to Trinidad coming from Santa Clara or Sancti Spiritus. The drive from Santa Clara is about 2 hours, and it’s only an hour coming from Sancti Spiritus. Or if you are traveling around Cuba by plane, there is a small airport that serves Trinidad, the Alberta Delgado Airport (TND).
If you are planning on spending some time in Trinidad, there are many places to stay. Iberostar Grand Hotel Trinidad and Hotel La Ronda are the two finest but there are many others that offer decent accommodations if not fancy.
You’ll have plenty of dining options, and many places to try real Cuban food. Taberna La Botija, El Dorado and Restaurante San Jose are some favorites you should keep an eye out for.
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