Cienfuegos is home to the deepest bay in the country and has been for a long time, a favourite anchoring place for sailors, pirates and traders. Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1494, the city was created by the French who left their mark with the neo-classical architecture still seen to this day. Cienfuegos retains the atmosphere of a village with its arcaded streets in pastel colours where the inhabitants find protection from the heat.
Visit the Parque José Martí, take a tour to the Cathedral de la Purisma Concepcion and take a stroll on the Punta Gorda.
Cienfuegos is a small colonial town that has managed to maintain the atmosphere of a small village. While it is an industrial port it has managed to retain a lot of its charm.
Remember to avoid the cyclone season (October - November). Bring along light clothing and lots of sunscreen.
Avoid making negative or critical comments about Fidel Castro, or ask their opinion on the political regime; this may make Cubans feel uncomfortable.
Cuban cuisine is quite simple and not diverse. Chicken and rice are its main staples. It is common for potatoes, fried bananas and yams to be served with the main meal. Make it your mission to taste the local lobster!
Of course, Cuban rum is excellent, as are the cigars. The local shirts, known as guayabera and straw hats guajiro are also a good buy. As for the music, you will find many recordings by local artists.