QUICK GUIDE OF THINGS TO DO IN TRINIDAD, CUBA

Trinidad is a beautiful colonial town and the laneways containing its multi-coloured houses is where life takes place. Locals sit on their steps watching the world go by. Fold-out tables host high-stakes dominoes. Freshly re-conditioned motorcycle engines are lined up ready for sale.

Despite the number of tourists congregating around the more colourful streets, it’s easy to wander away from the main squares and take in a slice of real Trinidad. Here’s a quick guide of our favourite things to do in Trinidad.


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SEE

TOP SIGHTS

Strolling around the colourful streets and soaking up the vibe is what visiting this colonial gem is all about. Here are 3 of our favourite things to do in Trinidad.

MUSEO DE HISTORIA MUNICIPAL

While the museum could do with a good dust, the views from the roof of Trinidad’s iconic bell tower are well worth it. Arrive close to closing time for late afternoon sun. / Hours: 9:00 – 17:00 Sat-Thur | Cost: 2 CUC | Location: 423 Calle Desengaño

BACKSTREETS

Spend some time escaping the tourist areas with a stroll along the much lived-in back streets. Be sure to check-out Calle Amargura up to Plaza de Las Cruces for a vignette of local life unfolding in Trinidad.

PLAZA DE SANTA ANA

Stroll by the church ruins in the Plaza de Santa Ana to see a ghost of Cuba’s Spanish past. The light bouncing off the crumbling walls is perfect in the late afternoon, which is also when the locals congregate around the last square in town free from tourists. / Location: Plaza de Santa Ana

SEE

TOP SIGHTS

Strolling around the colourful streets and soaking up the vibe is what visiting this colonial gem is all about. Here are 3 of our favourite things to do in Trinidad.

MUSEO DE HISTORIA MUNICIPAL

While the museum could do with a good dust, the views from the roof of Trinidad’s iconic bell tower are well worth it. Arrive close to closing time for late afternoon sun. / Hours: 9:00 – 17:00 Sat-Thur | Cost: price | Location: 423 Calle Desengaño

BACKSTREETS

Spend some time escaping the tourist areas with a stroll along the much lived-in back streets. Be sure to check-out Calle Amargura up to Plaza de Las Cruces for a vignette of local life unfolding in Trinidad

PLAZA DE SANTA ANA

Stroll by the church ruins in the Plaza de Santa Ana to see a ghost of Cuba’s Spanish past. The light bouncing off the crumbling walls is perfect in the late afternoon, which is also when the locals congregate around the last square in town free from tourists. / Location: Plaza de Santa Ana

DRINK

COCKTAILS & COFFEE

Quirky drinking spaces are very on-trend in Trinidad at the moment. Here are a few options from cool to old-school that provided some of the best liquid things to do in Trinidad.

CAFÉ DON PEPE

Select from over 40 different coffee drinks – both with and without alcohol – in this cool courtyard space. Wake up with their simple breakfast of bread and honey, go to bed on their Kahula Dreams. / Hours: 8:00 – 23:00 Sun-Fri; 10:00 – 23:00 Sat | Location: 363 Calle Boca

CASA DE LA TROVA

Order a beer and pull up a seat under the bright blue façade, watching the activity unfold at the busy market on the square. Munch on the only thing they have on the menu, a ham and cheese sandwich. / Location: 29 Calle Cristo

CAFE FORTUNA

Mercifully too small for package tour groups, Café Fortuna is off the quirkiness scale with bathtubs to sit in, old style TV’s and loads of foreign currency pinned to every inch of wall and ceiling space. Pop in this pint-sized bar for a fun pre-dinner drink. / Location: Calle Rosario

DRINK

COCKTAILS & COFFEE

Quirky drinking spaces are very on-trend in Trinidad at the moment. Here are a few options from cool to old-school that provided some of the best liquid things to do in Trinidad.

CAFÉ DON PEPE

Select from over 40 different coffee drinks – both with and without alcohol – in this cool courtyard space. Wake up with their simple breakfast of bread and honey, go to bed on their Kahula Dreams. / Hours: 8:00 – 23:00 Sun-Fri; 10:00 – 23:00 Sat | Location: 363 Calle Boca

CASA DE LA TROVA

Order a beer and pull up a seat under the bright blue façade, watching the activity unfold at the busy market on the square. Munch on the only thing they have on the menu, a ham and cheese sandwich. / Location: 29 Calle Cristo

CAFE FORTUNA

Mercifully too small for package tour groups, Café Fortuna is off the quirkiness scale with bathtubs to sit in, old style TV’s and loads of foreign currency pinned to every inch of wall and ceiling space. Pop in this pint-sized bar for a fun pre-dinner drink. / Location: Calle Rosario

EAT

TRINIDAD FOOD

While the private restaurant scene in Cuba is new, Trinidad takes the cake with some of the best food in the country. Everyone knows it too – these places require booking ahead or queueing.

LA BOTIJA

Get here early to beat the queues and soak up the rustic vibe, excellent live music and good hearty Cuban food. For those who like their food delivered with dramatic flair, in a cool environment, this is one of the best things to do in Trinidad. / Bookings: online here | Location: 71B Calle Amargura

CASA GIROUD

By day, Casa Giroud is a relaxed pizza joint with a small selection of tapas dishes – ideal if you’re looking for a break from rice and beans. By night, it’s another queue to get into this very popular eatery. / Hours: 10:00 – 23:00 | Location: Calle Rosario

VISTA GOURMET

Enjoy views from their roof terrace and possibly some of the best food in Cuba. Try to position yourself away from the live band, which in very un-Cuban fashion, was awful. / Hours: 12:00 – midnight | Location: Callejón de Gallegos

EAT

TRINIDAD FOOD

While the private restaurant scene in Cuba is new, Trinidad takes the cake with some of the best food in the country. Everyone knows it too – these places require booking ahead or queueing.

LA BOTIJA

Get here early to beat the queues and soak up the rustic vibe, excellent live music and good hearty Cuban food. For those who like their food delivered with dramatic flair, in a cool environment, this is one of the best things to do in Trinidad. / Bookings: online here | Location: 71B Calle Amargura

CASA GIROUD

By day, Casa Giroud is a relaxed pizza joint with a small selection of tapas dishes. It’s ideal if you’re looking for a break from rice and beans. By night, it’s another queue to get into this very popular eatery. / Hours: 10:00 – 23:00 | Location: Calle Rosario

VISTA GOURMET

Enjoy views from their roof terrace and possibly some of the best food in Cuba. Try to position yourself away from the live band, which in very un-Cuban fashion, was awful. / Hours: 12:00 – midnight | Location: Callejón de Gallegos

VISIT

OUT OF TOWN

When you’ve savoured the colourful delights of Trinidad to your satisfaction, head out of town for beautiful natural parks and golden sandy beaches.

TOPES DE COLLANTES

Cool off among waterfalls lined with ferns and banana trees in the beautiful Topes de Collantes nature reserve. There are a number of different areas to explore and a few different ways to do it. Parque el Nicho was our favourite which you can read all about here.

VALLE DE LOS INGENIOS

Unearth Trinidad’s sugar boom from the 18th century with a stroll around the ruins at Valle de Los Ingenios. Climb the Manaca Iznaga Tower for views back to Trinidad. / How: pick up a taxi in town, they’ll take you to 3 stops – allow 2 – 3 hours | Taxi: 40CUC per car | Tours: 1 CUC each

PLAYA ANCÓN

Just 12 kms from Trinidad, Playa Ancón is a long stretch of soft white sand, just made for a relaxing afternoon in the sun. Have lunch at Ranchón Ancón which did a surprisingly good red snapper. / Umbrella & chairs: 2 CUC per person. | Taxi: 10 CUC each way.

VISIT

OUT OF TOWN

When you’ve savoured the colourful delights of Trinidad to your satisfaction, head out of town for beautiful natural parks and golden sandy beaches.

TOPES DE COLLANTES

Cool off among waterfalls lined with ferns and banana trees in the beautiful Topes de Collantes nature reserve. There are a number of different areas to explore and a few different ways to do it. Parque el Nicho was our favourite which you can read all about here.

VALLE DE LOS INGENIOS

Unearth Trinidad’s sugar boom from the 18th century with a stroll around the ruins at Valle de Los Ingenios. Climb the Manaca Iznaga Tower for views back to Trinidad. / How: pick up a taxi in town, they’ll take you to 3 stops – allow 2 – 3 hours | Taxi: 40CUC per car | Tours: 1 CUC each

PLAYA ANCÓN

Just 12 kms from Trinidad, Playa Ancón is a long stretch of soft white sand, just made for a relaxing afternoon in the sun. Have lunch at Ranchón Ancón which did a surprisingly good red snapper. / Umbrella & chairs: 2 CUC per person. | Taxi: 10 CUC each way.

WHERE TO STAY IN TRINIDAD

Trinidad is a popular tourist destination with plenty of accommodation options. Generally in Cuba, it’s best to stay in local casas particulares. Here are some of our picks:

BUDGET / HOSTAL CASA MIA

Good sized rooms, high-quality food, friendly service, good showers and a 12-minute walk to the main square. What’s not to like?

MID-RANGE / CASA DE LA TRINIDAD

Stylish B&B with modern amenities & colonial charm. The friendly host offers an excellent breakfast in a lovely courtyard and its only a couple of minutes walk to the centre of town.

MAP / THINGS TO DO IN TRINIDAD

All the locations in this guide are included on our map so you can hit the ground running in Trinidad. Just click on the star to save this map to your places in Google maps.

TRINIDAD PLAYLIST

Many consider Cuba the birthplace of salsa – a newer version of older, traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms. Others believe it was kick-started in New York city in the 1960’s where Cuban musicians developed the style. In any case, those energetic rhythms ooze from the cobbled lanes of Trinidad.

WHERE TO NEXT?

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Secondly, if you are planning to travel around Cuba make sure you read our travel tips for Cuba post as well as our getting around Cuba post. If you are still putting your plans together you might enjoy one of these.

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It’s easy to wander away from the main squares and take in a slice of real Trinidad. Here’s our quick guide of what to see, do and eat while exploring this colonial gem. / Trinidad, Cuba.

It’s easy to wander away from the main squares and take in a slice of real Trinidad. Here’s our quick guide of what to see, do and eat while exploring this colonial gem. / Trinidad, Cuba.

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