Western Cuba

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Western Cuba - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Jardín Botanico Orquideario Soroa


    Covering 35,000 square meters, this hillside botanical garden is a wild tangle of flowering vines, fragrant gingers, waist-high begonias and...Read More

  • 2. Museo Ciencias Naturales

    Historic Home

    Installed in a fantastical Moorish palace, dripping with carved stone griffins, this museum is even more fascinating for its outlandish architecture...Read More

  • 3. Museo Farmaceútico Triolet


    The city's main, not-to-be-missed sight is this perfectly preserved, 19th-century natural-medicine pharmacy. Established in 1882 by Ernesto...Read More

  • 4. Museo Oscar María de Rojas


    This beautifully restored museum, housed in an elegant, colonnaded 1918 building, is worth a visit for its wide-ranging exhibits on everything...Read More

  • 5. Parque Nacional Ciénaga de Zapata

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Bird-watchers from all over the world flock to this national park in hopes of feasting their eyes on some 190 bird species, including 21 endemic...Read More

  • 6. Playa Varadero


    Visitors know it as Varadero, but locals call this 20-km (12 ½-mile) stretch of white-sand Caribbean beach Playa Azul, for the intense azure...Read More

  • 7. Caleta Buena

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Just east of Playa Girón, the sea has formed a series of natural pools by entering through underwater caves, creating the largest flooded cavern...Read More

  • 8. Catedral de San Carlos

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Recently restored on the outside, this massive, Neoclassical church with two ornate towers is famous for its interior frescoes. In front of...Read More

  • 9. Criadero de Cocodrilos


    From the safety of wooden walkways, you can observe some 3,000 crocodiles in various stages of development at this breeding center-cum-tourist...Read More

  • 10. Cueva de Ambrosio


    Discovered in the 1960s, this cave contains aboriginal drawings of concentric circles and other pre-Columbian symbols, thought to be more than...Read More

  • 11. Cueva del Indio


    This spectacular and massive cave is named for the aboriginal Guanahatabey. Dripping with limestone formations, it's spooky enough to thrill...Read More

  • 12. Delfinario Varadero


    For a pleasant break from the beach, you can watch a troupe of acrobatic dolphins show off their tricks in a 35-minute show (CUC$20) and take...Read More

  • 13. El Palenque/Cueva de José Miguel


    The dimly lighted, rough 140-meter (462-foot) tunnel piercing this mogote opens onto an eerily quiet open space ringed by high limestone rocks...Read More

  • 14. Fábrica de Bebidas Guayabita


    On a narrow side street south of the city center, this small distillery occupies a former rum factory. Just about every process is done by hand...Read More

  • 15. Fábrica de Tabacos Francisco Donatien


    This traditional cigar factory, in a stately, colonnaded building that was the city jail until 1961, offers a more intimate visit than some...Read More

  • 16. Finca Fiesta Campesina


    At this casual farm-cum-zoo visitors can see two of Cuba's distinctive animals: the manjuarí, a primitive water creature with an alligator...Read More

  • 17. Hershey Railway

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    Once the property of the Hershey chocolate barons, Cuba's first electric railway was built in 1917 to haul sugarcane and workers to the sugar...Read More

  • 18. Iglesia de San Pedro Apóstol

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This architecturally eclectic church was built in 1870 by architect Daniel Delaglio, who also designed the city's emblematic Teatro Sauto. The...Read More

  • 19. Jardín Botanico de las Hermanas Caridad y Carmen Miranda


    This slightly oddball, 100-year-old garden surrounds a farmhouse on the northern edge of town. It was started by a man, whose daughters both...Read More

  • 20. La Cueva de los Peces

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    South of Playa Larga, on the east side of the Bay of Pigs, lies this natural aquarium in a 61-meter-deep (201-foot-deep) cenote (a flooded...Read More

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