Cienfuegos , city, capital
prov., central Cuba, a port on the Caribbean Sea. It is the
marketing and processing center of a region producing sugarcane,
tobacco, coffee, and rice; it also has rum distilleries and
fish canneries. The city is Cuba's leading sugar exporting
port as well as a major fishing port. Founded in 1819 by French
emigrants from Louisiana and named for one of the original
founders, Cienfuegos was destroyed by a tropical storm in
1825 and later rebuilt.
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Many visitors to Cuba are overwhelmed at just how unauthentic places like Varadero have become. Almost completely devoid of that Cubaness you went to Cuba in the first place to experience. Rancho Luna Beach in Cienfuegos is however different, since it seems to encapsulate this whole cubaism we all search in Cuba, in one small stretch of sand. It's very local, not too touristic and this shows because young Cuban mothers are bathing their children here and, old Cubans are reading [...]
If you only visit one war museum in Cuba, just five blocks northwest of the Parque Marti is the ornate pink building containing the Naval museum of Cienfuegos. Dating back to 1933 the Museo Historico Naval Nacional in Cienfuegos is probably the most interesting but overlooked of museums in Cuba. It’s based in the former headquarters of the southern naval command center; it is approached by a wide driveway, flanked with armaments dating from different eras. From the outside it [...]
The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is located on the main city square called Parque Marti and was completed in 1819. A building of immense beauty it is the pride Cienfuegos residents. The Cienfuegos Cathedral has a neo-Classical façade with two large red bell towers of differing heights, three arched entrances and French stained glass windows of the Twelve Apostles. It also boasts beautiful French ornate carvings. The first ever house of worship of Cienfuegos has been [...]
The Valle Palace is located in the Punta Gorda area of Cienfuegos, just a few minutes outside the downtown area. Easily one of the true architectural jewels of Cienfuegos it displays a myriad of influences from Gothic to Romanesque, Baroque to Italianate tendencies, and all mish massed into one building. From all angles the building is truly breathtaking. Today the Palacio de Valle Cienfuegos is used for cultural events. It also features a rather good seafood restaurant with a bar. [...]
For many the promise of petting and swimming with dolphins is a once in a life experience. The Dolphinarium of Cienfuegos offers excellent shows, dolphin acrobatics and the inimitable Dolphin contact with visitors. At just 15 CUC entrance fee, this show should not be missed. Located 5 minutes from downtown Cienfuegos the Dolphinarium of Cienfuegos is one of the few in Cuba which allows guests varied levels of contact with Dolphins. For those with the courage, two dolphins are trained [...]