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Cuba: Cienfuegos and Bay of Pigs

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The central heartland of Cuba transitions between the pre-Revolutionary prosperous western plantations and the cattle pasture of the poorer east.  There’s loads of history here, reflected in the racial mix and architecture of the port of Cienfuegos, Pearl of the South. Its French founders left their mark in broad neoclassical boulevards, art deco façades and blond inhabitants but there’s also a strong Afro-Caribbean presence. This is a seafaring city with salt in the air; it’s the world’s primary sugar port. The town is often visited in tandem with a stop at the Bay of Pigs, site of the ill-fated CIA-inspired invasion of 1961.

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What our experts say

My favourite place in Cuba? It may come as a surprise: Cienfuegos. The ‘Pearl of the South’ offers a real contrast to other Cuban cities, and makes for a great stopping off point between the tourist hubs of Viñales, Havana and Trinidad. Perched on large bay opening onto the Caribbean Sea, its French architecture - a legacy from the original settlers - really makes it stand out from other towns in the country. It’s also a great jumping off point for a visit to the beautiful Zapata peninsula and famous Bay of Pigs landing site. 

Jim

Jim Ashworth

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