The Cuban city of Trinidad is a major draw for tourists, with sandy beaches, lush nature, and enchanting culture. Here is your guide to getting the most out of your visit.
* Busy Place
Don’t think that you can just show up in Trinidad and find somewhere to stay. This might work in the low season, but in high season there have been stories of tourists sleeping in the streets due to high demand. Book ahead of time to be safe.
* Beautiful Beaches
The city itself is incredibly pretty, but if you want a break from the crowds it’s easy to get away. Playa Ancon, known as one of the best beaches in southern Cuba, is just 15 minutes away by car.
* Holy Week is a big deal
Head to Trinidad during Semana Santa (Holy Week) and get involved in the Easter celebrations, including the famous Cross Procession. Follow the crowds marching through the town and enjoy the colorful festivities.
A raft of innovative restaurants have been pushing the boundaries of the local culinary scene in recent years, following the relaxation of the ban on private enterprise. Now you can eat in private restaurants that import ingredients from abroad, making Trinidad something of a center for new Cuban cuisine. Check out Café Don Pepe, Restaurante San Jose, and Vista Gourmet, among others.
* UNESCO World Heritage Site
The colonial architecture in central Trinidad is so well preserved that UNESCO made it a World Heritage Site in 1988. Make sure your camera is charged, because there’s a fantastic photo opportunity waiting at every corner.