One of most visited places in Cuba is the colonial city of Trinidad. After a few days on the beautiful beach of Varadero, we chose to move south to visit this interesting place with a colorful well-kept historic center. There are plenty of things to do in Trinidad Cuba which is also a UNESCO site.
A 7 hour bus ride from Varadero brought us across the island to Trinidad. Once arrived at the Viazul bus terminal, it is incredibly easy to find a room in a casa particular (bed and breakfast). In this article you will find information about things to do in Trinidad and tips to get the most from your stay in this amazing city.
How to find accomodation in Trinidad
As soon as you step off the bus, dozens of locals will offer you a room in their house. The rooms are usually quite nice with double beds, en suites and much needed A/C.
So, as the bus was packed, Noelle waited for the bags and I went to talk to a couple of people about a room. Most of them had a price of 25 CUC, then one guy said 20 CUC so we went with him. He showed us some pictures of his place and we chose to go and check it out. It was a very hot day and we started walking, after 15 minutes our backpacks started to feel heavier and heavier. We had already passed the city center so we can to the conclusion it was too far away. But our host kept insisting that it was just 1 more block. He said it at least 5 times! We eventually made it, and it was a nice place but we were just that bit too far away from where the action was.
We kindly said no to his offer and headed back to Parque Cespedes. We chose to find a place to stay here and we chose Hostal “Casa Nancy”. This is a huge pink house on Lino Perez Street. Here, for 25 CUC we rented a big double bedroom ensuite with A/C and a fridge. Sold!
There is plenty of things to do in Trinidad Cuba and the below are what we recommend most on a visit to Trinidad. We spent 2 nights in this town.
- Parque Céspedes: this is the hub of local activity. Here people gather around to chat under the shade of one of the many trees, sitting on one the countless benches around the square. It’s also home to street parties every now and then. This is probably the only place where you will find internet in town. Head to the Telco company – ETECSA – where you can buy card for wifi to use in the square. 1 hour costs 2 CUC.
- Plaza Mayor: this is the city’s main square and is located in the centre of all the colonial buildings. It is uphill but you cannot miss this square when in Trinidad. Be sure to take time to visit the Casa de la Musica which is perfect for dinner or an aperitif. The heart of Trinidad is just as beautiful as we had been told it would be.
- La Casa de La Musica: This is a must if you come to Trinidad. You cannot miss it. It’s situated in Plaza Mayor on steps to the right of the main church. Here all day long you can listen Cuban bands playing on the stage specifically designed for these musicians There are a couple of bars that serve the finest cocktails so you will feel the rhythm even more! We had a rest here one afternoon and we also came back at night when even more people are around. There is a fabulous atmosphere amazing music! It is a great place to get up and dance some salsa too.
- Mirador at the Museo de La Lucha contra bandidos. A block north of Plaza Mayor there is a museum located in a yellow and white building with a tower that has become the landmark of Trinidad. The museum might not appeal to you but definitely pay the entrance to climb up to the top of the tower for a panoramic view of the city.
- Restaurant San Jose: This is probably the best Restaurant in town and you will understand why when you get to the door. Be ready to queue-but don’t let that put you off! The atmosphere is amazing, romantic and classy at the same time. The service is five star and the food really well presented and delicious. It is the perfect place. Go to Maceo (Gutierrez) number 382. Visit the official website here.
- Playa Ancon: This is the best beach and probably one of the best things to do in Trinidad Cuba. Here, there are 2 hotels on the beach that allow you to use their facilities free of charge. We took an umbrella and 2 sunbeds for free. We only ended up spending 3 CUC for a pizza and a soft drink.
How to get to Playa Ancon?
It’s easy – just go to Street General Lino Peres, next to Parque Cespedes. At the corner between Lino Peres and Jose M. Firtz Street there is a blue sign that is the bus stop.
Here once the bus arrives, for 2 CUC each you can buy your return ticket. It takes between 30-40 minutes to get to the beach.
The bus timetable is:
- 9:00, 11:00, 13:00 to go to the beach.
- 12:30, 15:30, 18:00 to come back to town.
Bus from Trinidad to Cienfuegos
There are 2 buses from Trinidad to Cienfuegos in the morning. The first one is at 7:30 and the second one is at 8:15. We strongly recommend you to book your seat in advance at the terminal (which closes at 16:00) or through one of the travel agencies in town like Infotour or Cubatour.
The bus ride is 2 hours and costs 6 CUC.
If you don’t book your ticket in advance, go to the terminal at least 30-45 minutes before departure time. There are many tourists trying to get on these buses so it’s quite busy and can become difficult to get a seat.
You can alternatively hire a taxi for the 15 CUC one way to Cienfuegos.
There is a lot of things to do in Trinidad Cuba and it’s a place worth visiting if you are on the island. On the way back to Havana you could stop in Cienfuegos and spend a night here too if you have time. We did it and if you are planning to do the same you might be interested in reading our post on Cienfuegos or Playa Larga.
Cost Breakdown in CUC
|Bus||2 return tickets to playa ancon||4|
|2 tickets bus from varadero to trinidad||40|
|Hotel||2 nights double bedroom ensuite in casa particular in trinidad next to plaza central||50|
|internet||Wifi for 2 hours in trinidad||8|
If you need more information about things to do in Trinidad, or on Cuba in general, you may like our post Cuba Travel Tips or don’t hesitate to contact us!