Considered the crown jewel of 19th-century Cuban architecture, beautiful, laidback Cienfuegos is known as the “pearl of the south”.

Located on the Caribbean coast of south-central Cuba. The deep, natural harbor made it one of Cuba’s chief seaports during the colonial period. In the 1740s, a fortress, the Castillo de Jagua , was erected to protect the port from pirates

Parque José Martí is the center on which Cienfuegos turns. It’s flanked by government buildings, a cathedral, art gallery and the Teatro Tomás Terry. It features the Arco de Triunfo (unique in Cuba), celebrating the country’s independence.

In addition to its cultural and historic attractions, Cienfuegos has excellent facilities for water sports. Nature lovers enjoy the waterfalls of El Nicho.