Best of Cienfuegos and Villa Clara Provinces
Parque Martí: Cienfuegos’s expansive central plaza is surrounded by impressive neoclassical structures and a cathedral.
Palacio del Valle: This Mogul-inspired confection is a one-of-a-kind mansion turned restaurant; sure, the food and service win no awards, but the setting is memorable.
Jardín Botánico Soledad: This vast botanical garden on the outskirts of Cienfuegos has separate sections for cactus, rubber trees, and other plants.
El Nicho: The placid Sierra Escambray setting of this recreational site features beautiful waterfalls and horseback riding, hiking, and other activities.
Complejo Escultórico Memorial Comandante Ernesto Che Guevara: A splendid museum sits beneath the imposing Che Guevara monument in Santa Clara. A reverential mausoleum contains the revolutionary hero’s remains.
Remedios: Time your visit to this beautiful colonial town for year’s end to catch the parranda—a fireworks battle like no other.
Cayos de Villa Clara: A 50-kilometer-long land bridge provides access to stunning white-sand beaches and jade waters on remote cays with great fishing and scuba diving and top-class resorts.
© Christopher P. Baker from Moon Cuba, 5th Edition