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Destination: Cienfuegos

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Local Info and Resources:

  • History – Local Partner 1 Tour guide and historical perspective.
  • Nightlife – Local Partner 2 Private parties at local hotspots.
  • Food – Local Partner 3 Dining and reservations guide.
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Getting to know Cienfuegos

Cuba’s Perla del Sur (Pearl of the South) has long seduced travelers from around the island with its elegance, enlightened French spirit and feisty Caribbean panache. If Cuba has a Paris, this is most definitely it. Arranged around the country’s most spectacular natural bay, Cienfuegos is a nautical city with an enviable waterside setting. Founded in 1819, it’s one of Cuba’s youngest settlements, but also one of its most architecturally interesting, a factor that earned it a UNESCO World Heritage Site listing in 2005.

Our All-inclusive Visit

We’ll take in the unique UNEAC (Writers and Artists Union), which features lovely outdoor gardens hosting local music performances. Also on the Jose Marti park, we’ll find the Tomas Terry Theater, built in 1888 by the generous donation of Venezuelan industrialist Tomás Terry, featuring Carrara marble, gold-leaf mosaics, and ceiling frescoes. As part of your People to People tour, you’ll get to meet the Chorus of Cienfuegos, which performs at the theater. Their repertoire includes Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and contemporary choral works.

A coach will take us to Playa Giron, one of the two landing sites for the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion – a doomed effort by 1,500 Cuban expatriates to unseat Fidel Castro, shortly after the revolution. Our trip to the local museum will give us the Cuban perspective on the CIA-sponsored invasion.

Destination: Cienfuegos

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Victory Sailing Dates Which Call Here:

Local Info and Resources:

  • History – Local Partner 1 Tour guide and historical perspective.
  • Nightlife – Local Partner 2 Private parties at local hotspots.
  • Food – Local Partner 3 Dining and reservations guide.

Getting to know Cienfuegos

Cuba’s Perla del Sur (Pearl of the South) has long seduced travelers from around the island with its elegance, enlightened French spirit and feisty Caribbean panache. If Cuba has a Paris, this is most definitely it. Arranged around the country’s most spectacular natural bay, Cienfuegos is a nautical city with an enviable waterside setting. Founded in 1819, it’s one of Cuba’s youngest settlements, but also one of its most architecturally interesting, a factor that earned it a UNESCO World Heritage Site listing in 2005.

Our All-inclusive Visit

We’ll take in the unique UNEAC (Writers and Artists Union), which features lovely outdoor gardens hosting local music performances. Also on the Jose Marti park, we’ll find the Tomas Terry Theater, built in 1888 by the generous donation of Venezuelan industrialist Tomás Terry, featuring Carrara marble, gold-leaf mosaics, and ceiling frescoes. As part of your People to People tour, you’ll get to meet the Chorus of Cienfuegos, which performs at the theater. Their repertoire includes Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and contemporary choral works.

A coach will take us to Playa Giron, one of the two landing sites for the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion – a doomed effort by 1,500 Cuban expatriates to unseat Fidel Castro, shortly after the revolution. Our trip to the local museum will give us the Cuban perspective on the CIA-sponsored invasion.

More about Cienfuegos…

Geographically, the city is split into two distinct parts: the colonnaded central zone featuring the elegant Paseo del Prado and Parque Martí; and Punta Gorda, a thin knife of land slicing into the bay with a clutch of eclectic early 20th-century palaces, built primarily by Americans under the Batista regime.