About an hour and a half west along the coast from the Bay of Pigs, this harbourside town is full of art, culture and history. Cienfuegos is known as the Pearl of the South thanks to its beautiful bay – Bahia de Jagua.

There’s plenty to do here – even if it’s just strolling around the town’s streets.

The locals seem the most westernised and the city itself has a much more European feel to it. This is thanks to the strong French influence in town’s customs and architecture.

Other Cubans say the people from Cienfuegos are the most beautiful and the most cultured.

Things to see in Cienfuegos, Cuba:

  • Have dinner in El Tranvia
  • Plaza de Armas and the monument to the Cuban hero José Martí
  • The art galleries around the Plaza de Armas
  • The Arch de Triumph in Jose José Martí Park – the last remaining in the country
  • The Bahia de Jagua – the bay that makes Cienfuegos the Pearl of the South