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  • Matanzas

    Matanzas | Province: Matanzas

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    For over two centuries, in recognition of its rich cultural life, Matanzas has been known as "Cuba's Athens." For obvious reasons, it is also called "the city of bridges.",

    The city was founded on the shores of a beautiful bay in 1693. At that time, it was called San Carlos y San Severino de Matanzas. Its splendid buildings are eclectic in style.,

    The area surrounding the city has some singularly beautiful features. The Pan de Matanzas (Matanzas Bread Loaf) Hill and the Yumurí Valley are particularly entrancing. Places to visit in the city include the Sauto Theater, the Triolet Drug Store and the San Carlos Church.,

    Immortalized by painters, poets and musicians, Matanzas is just a few minutes' drive from Varadero Beach and near the Zapata Peninsula.,

    The city of Matanzas, capital of the province of the same name, is in northwestern Cuba, 100 km. (62 miles) east of Havana and around 18 minutes from Varadero Beach. An excellent highway links Matanzas with the nation's capital.

  • Tourist Pole in Matanzas. Cuba
  • Cardenas

    Cardenas    Lat:23.04278    Lon:-81.20361   See Google Map

    The municipio of Cárdenas is one of the twenty two municipios in the province of Matanzas, Cuba. It is located toward the center and north of the province. This municipio covers a surface of 320 square kilometers.

  • Jaguey Grande

    Jaguey Grande    Lat:22.52944    Lon:-81.13250   See Google Map

    The municipio of Jagüey Grande is one of the twenty two municipios in the province of Matanzas, Cuba. It is located to the south of the province. This municipio covers a surface of 132 square kilometers.

  • Colon

    Colon    Lat:22.71667    Lon:-80.90000   See Google Map

    The town was founded in 1846[1] under the name Nueva Bermeja. In 1851 the railroad reaches the town. In 1859, it achieves the status of villa (town) with the name Colón

  • Canimar River

    Canimar River    Lat:23.03882    Lon:-81.49658   See Google Map

    Rio Canimar is a Natural Park and a river where you can sail and enjoy the exhuberant vegetation and the rich fauna of the cliffs around it. Besides, you can ride a horse, swim in its waters and later snorkel in one of the most famous caves in Cuba: Cueva de Saturno, a unique natural place. Get to know “ the city of rivers” or “the city of bridges”, “the Athens…

  • Nightclub next to Matanzas
  • Mambo Club Mambo Club

    Lat:23.19124   Lon:-81.16735 

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    Another of the most famous discothèques in the beachside resort, although its stage also hosts cabaret…

  • Bars next to Matanzas
  • Capitán Morgan Capitán Morgan

    Lat:23.19798   Lon:-81.13200 

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    (21:00 – 02:00). Disco with capacity for 200 persons.

    Bar Piscina Bar Piscina

    Lat:23.19798   Lon:-81.13200 

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    (10:00 – 18:00).

    Bar Playa Bar Playa

    Lat:23.19798   Lon:-81.13200 

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    (10:00 – 18:00). Two beach bars (one exclusively for clients accommodated in the Royal Service Area).

    Arrecife Arrecife

    Lat:23.19886   Lon:-81.13776 

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    (10:00 – 18:00). Aqua bar swimming pool.

    Chiringuito Chiringuito

    Lat:23.19886   Lon:-81.13776 

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    (10:00 – 17:00). Beach bar.

    Cubitas Cubitas

    Lat:23.17655   Lon:-81.20177 

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    (24 hrs). Lobby bar/snacks.

    Tropicuba Tropicuba

    Lat:23.17655   Lon:-81.20177 

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    (19:00 – 24:00). Night club & bar.

    El Mojito El Mojito

    Lat:23.17655   Lon:-81.20177 

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    (10:00 – 21:00). Pool bar.

    Ron Coco Ron Coco

    Lat:23.17655   Lon:-81.20177 

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    (10:00 – 17:00). Beach snack bar

    El Turquino El Turquino

    Lat:23.17655   Lon:-81.20177 

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    (19:00 – 24:00). Bar café

  • Interesting Place next to Matanzas
  • Varadero Golf Club Varadero Golf Club

    Lat:23.19810   Lon:-81.14622 

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    Designed by architect Les Furber, President of the Canadian Golf Design Services Ltd (GDS) company,…

    Josone Park Josone Park

    Lat:23.15300   Lon:-81.25080 

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    Josone Pak was a Private residence and resting place of José Fermín Iturrioz Llaguno,…

  • Museums next to Matanzas
  • Municipal de Varadero Museum Municipal de Varadero Museum

    Lat:23.15420   Lon:-81.25190 

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    A museum about the people of Varadero and tourism, they also have an Indian art collection. This museum…

  • Theater next to Matanzas
  • Varadero, Theater Varadero, Theater

    Lat:23.13240   Lon:-81.28460 

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  • Areas of Natural Interest next to Matanzas
  • Laguna del Tesoro (Treasure Lake) Laguna del Tesoro (Treasure Lake)

    Lat:23.08970   Lon:-81.09870 

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    Head down a 5-km canal to reach this scenic lagoon located east of Boca de Guama. A lifelike recreation…

    Rio Canimar Rio Canimar

    Lat:23.03882   Lon:-81.49658 

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    Rio Canimar is a Natural Park and a river where you can sail and enjoy the exhuberant vegetation and…

  • Landscapes next to Matanzas
  • Bacunayagua Bridge Bacunayagua Bridge

    Lat:23.19440   Lon:-81.12390 

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    This bridge marks the territorial limit by way of the Via Blanca Highway of the provinces of Havana…

  • Caves next to Matanzas
  • San Ambrosio Cave San Ambrosio Cave

    Lat:23.19264   Lon:-81.16307 

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    Two out of the fifteen archeological sited discovered at the peninsula that reveal the customs of the…

    Santa Catalina Cave Santa Catalina Cave

    Lat:23.07290   Lon:-81.41570 

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    Featuring an attractive environment, this cave is found along the road that leads into the city of Matanzas…

  • Churches and Convents next to Matanzas
  • Iglesia del Inmaculado Corazon de Maria Iglesia del Inmaculado Corazon de Maria

    Lat:23.15000   Lon:-81.25880 

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    Churches and Convents in Cuba

    Santa Elvira Church Santa Elvira Church

    Lat:23.15011   Lon:-81.25879 

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    It date back from 1938, with an irregular structure in which stones and wood are predominant. The church,…

  • Horseback Riding in Matanzas
  • Horseback Rio Canimar Horseback Rio Canimar

    Lat:23.03902   Lon:-81.49571 

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    Groups are constantly departing to allow the visitors to be acquainted with all corners in the farm…

  • Nature Trails in Matanzas
  • Las Salinas Trail Las Salinas Trail

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    LAS SALINAS This route is a harmonious combination of hiking and boating. You set out hiking from Playa…

    Hatiguanico River Trail Hatiguanico River Trail

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    This route up the Hatiguanico River, one of the largest and most important in Cuba, takes you around…

    Speleolacustrine Trail Speleolacustrine Trail

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    This system—which contains many different geographic features and kinds of vegetation—is…

    El Patriarca Trail El Patriarca Trail

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    This is a route, which takes place through different vegetal formations. It lasts approximately 45 minutes,…

    Musulmanes Trail Musulmanes Trail

    Lat:22.16880   Lon:-81.13540 

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    This route consist of an approximately 60 minutes walk through a great diversity of plants and animals,…

  • Birdwatching Trails in Matanzas
  • Las Salinas de Brito Trail Las Salinas de Brito Trail

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    LAS SALINAS This route is a harmonious combination of hiking and boating. You set out hiking from Playa…

  • Restaurants next to Matanzas
  • Bamboo Restaurants Bamboo Restaurants

    Hotel Princesa del Mar, Autopista Sur. Carretera Las Morlas, km 19 ½. Varadero Beach,Cuba
    53-45-667200 18km 266m

    La Panchita Restaurants La Panchita Restaurants

    Hotel Sol Palmeras, Autopista Sur, Varadero Beach Cuba
    (53 45) 667009 20km 741m

    Sole Mio Restaurants Sole Mio Restaurants

    Hotel Sol Palmeras, Autopista Sur, Varadero Beach Cuba
    (53 45) 667009 20km 741m

    Steak House Restaurants Steak House Restaurants

    Hotel Sol Palmeras, Autopista Sur, Varadero Beach Cuba
    Hotel Sol Palmeras, Autopista Sur, Varadero Beach 20km 741m

    Oshin Restaurants Oshin Restaurants

    Hotel Sol Palmeras, Autopista Sur, Varadero Beach Cuba
    (53 45) 667009 20km 741m

    El Marino Restaurants El Marino Restaurants

    Hotel Sol Palmeras, Autopista Sur, Varadero Beach Cuba
    (53 45) 667009 20km 741m

    Chez Plaza Restaurants Chez Plaza Restaurants

    Plaza America, Varadero Beach. Cuba
    (53 45) 668181 21km 141m

    Chez Plaza Restaurants Chez Plaza Restaurants

    Centro Comercial Plaza America, Varadero Beach. Cuba
    (5345) 668181 21km 156m

    Pizza Nova Restaurants Pizza Nova Restaurants

    Centro Comercial Plaza America, Varadero Beach. Cuba
    (5345) 66818 21km 156m

    Guantanamera Restaurants Guantanamera Restaurants

    Centro Comercial Plaza America, Varadero Beach. Cuba
    (5345) 668181 21km 156m

  • Currency Exchange next to Matanzas
  • Hotel Las Américas Currency Exchange Hotel Las Américas Currency Exchange

    Calle 4ta. esq. a 7ma., Rpto. Vista Alegre
    (5322) 687136 21km 390m

    Hotel Coral Sirenas - Varadero Currency Exchange Hotel Coral Sirenas - Varadero Currency Exchange

    Calle 129 Edif.13 plantas No.1 (20201) e/ 202 y 204, Varadero Beach. Cuba
    (5345) 666070 22km 309m

  • Clinics next to Matanzas
  • SPA Club Plaza America Clinic SPA Club Plaza America Clinic

    Centro de Convenciones, Carretera Las Americas. Varadero. Cuba
    (5345) 667881 21km 141m

  • Drugstores next to Matanzas
  • International Drugstore Plaza América Drugstore International Drugstore Plaza América Drugstore

    Centro de Convenciones, Carretera Las Américas, Varadero Beach. Cuba
    (5345) 668042 21km 141m

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  • Matanzas
  • Matanzas is the second largest province in Cuba after that of Havana and one of the most important due to it contribution towards the economic development of the island. It is located in western Cuba, and apart from the highlands in the northwest and center of the province, the entire surface of Matanzas is flat. Due to its tropical weather throughout most of the year, it attracts lots of tourists looking for some sun and the beach, so it’s a good thing Matanzas boasts one of the most precious jewels of Cuba, the beach town Varadero. Nevertheless, Matanzas is full of hidden treasures, so it’s not only the beach that are worth finding. It is an area of great contrast, so experienced travellers will love its beauty and diversity. Under the wonderful light of the Caribbean sun you can contemplate its variety of greens, the range of colors of its more than 920 types of flowers and the many fish in its hot waters. If spring existed in the Tropic, this would be the perfect example.

    For some time, Matanzas stood out in most sectors, benefitting Cuba by developing in developing in many areas: energy, industry, livestock, farming, etc. Matanzas was especially important in the port sector and sugarcane cultivation. When the establishment of the latter began, they brought the largest amount of slaves ever recorded to the area.

    This mix of black and white people produced as a result the current heritage of Matanzas; not only physically, but also the heat of Africa. Thus, from the sound of drums, the rumba was born in Matanzas, the first national dance of Cuba. Nowadays it is still a very popular dance there. The Rumbero Festival takes place annually in the Sauto Theater, in the capital city of the province, and is one of the most important shows in Matanzas.

    The jewel of Matanzas is the sparkling city of Varadero, with its endless beaches, grandiose resorts and luxurious lifestyle. Apart from these, Matanzas also has a lot of other nice places worth visiting.

    If you prefer something more authentic, that better reflects the society, and experience something with more of an original Cuban flavour, Matanzas is a great choice. It has decadent but charming Neoclassical-style Colonial buildings. Catholic churches, a theater and several museums are some examples of these types of constructions.

    The Ciénaga de Zapata Swamp is the perfect place for adventurers, as it is an almost unexplored wetland covered by lush vegetation, and an array of birds and other interesting animals.

    From a cultural point of view, Matanzas is one of the richest areas of Cuba. It houses many museums that will teach you all about various topics, so you shouldn’t miss out on your chance to visit them. An example of this is the Pharmaceutical Museum Pharmaceutical Museum, unique on its type in all America, the Provincial Historic Museum, and the heart-rending Slave Route Museum.

    Historically, Matanzas was a main point in the defense of the island during the Cuban Revolution, as in Playa Girón Beach, in the south coast of the province, took place the first of many defeats suffered by North American army at the hands of the Cuban people. The region had been attacked several times before, so it was well equipped to face what was coming, and very quickly organized its counter-attack. If you visit the province of Matanzas, take advantage of your chance to visit one of the museums related to war and the Revolution.