There’s a large number of visitors to Cuba that tend to stick to Havana and Varadero only which can be understandable if they’re short on time. On the other side, there’s lots more of Cuba to visit and explore, with Trinidad being one of the most idyllic places in the whole country. Even if you’re stuck to a tight schedule doesn’t mean you have to skip it. Spending only one day in Trinidad is enough to explore the beautiful street of once colonial city, spend an afternoon at the beach and have a memorable night out.
What’s the best time to visit Trinidad?
Ideally, it would be from March to June. Skip summer due to high temperatures, high humidity, frequent heavy rains. Winter, on the other hand, can get too busy, packed with the travelers from the Northern Hemisphere.
What’s good to know about Trinidad?
Founded in 1513., Trinidad still seems to be stuck in those days as one of the best-preserved colonial towns in the country. Authenticity and beauty of the brightly colored colonial buildings and picturesque cobblestone streets made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Besides the rich history and intimate atmosphere, Trinidad is the city of stunning nature too. Surrounded by the scenic mountains, vast valley and divine beaches, Trinidad has a little bit for everyone.
One Day in Trinidad Itinerary:
Top things to do in Trinidad, Cuba
Walk around the old colonial center
Historical center of Trinidad, even quite small, has a lot to offer. Many small museums and historical buildings are concentrated around city’s central point – Plaza Mayor. Wander the cobblestone streets and check out La Parroquial Mayor church, Museo Historico and the Museum of Colonial Architecture. All the sights are within a 50 meters.
Ride a bike all the way to the coast through the valley
You can reach the coast using all sorts of transportation, however, renting a bike is not just the cheapest option, but the most exciting one. Plus, you can do stopovers whenever you want. If sleeping at casa particular ask your host about the bike rentals. It shouldn’t cost more than 5 CUC.
Have a snack at La Boca
The bike route to the Ancón peninsula includes the stopover at the coastal town La Boca. It’s pretty much a local place, loaded with street food and cocktail stalls wherever you turn. It’s a nice place to have a rest from your ride and to have some local snack. Refresh yourself with a fresh Mango or Pineapple juice.
Hit the beach at the Ancón peninsula
Even though the Ancón beach is the biggest and most famous one, with the palm trees and golden sand – it can get pretty crowded, during the weekend, especially in the summer. Also, if you’re not in the shape, pedalling all the way to the Ancón beach can be exhausting. Luckily, just after you pass La Boca, there will be many beaches on the way, from the tiny and rocky one to those bigger with the white sand.
Eat your dinner at La Botija
After the exhausting ride, you’ll need to fill up your energy and have some food. There are multiple newly open, nicely decorated, gastronomically attractive restaurants and paladars in the city. La Botija is one of them. It’s open 24/7, but we suggest you to visit it for the dinner as there are usually live concerts around that time.
Show off your salsa dancing skills at Plaza Mayor
If you know to dance salsa, Trinidad is the best city to show off your skills. If you don’t know how to dance, Trinidad is the best city to learn it. Anyways, don’t miss the dancing event at the escalinata (staircase) below the Casa de la Musica held daily in the evening. Even if you’re not into dancing at all you can drinks few cocktails and enjoy the atmosphere.
Have a unique clubbing experience at the Disco Ayala
Trinidad is unique is so many things. One of it is the Disco Ayala, the nightclub housed inside a natural cave. Yes, it can get sweaty inside, and yes, the music can be a bit shity as well, but it can get a lot of fun, especially after the salsa masters hit the dancefloor. Only the road leading there can get a bit tricky as it is a dirty, steep road with interrupted street lighting.
Where to stay in Trinidad?
Casa particular (Private apartments) may be the best (and at times the only) choice for your stay in Trinidad. Even though it’s possible to find your casa once you’re there, due to a limited number of casas it’s better to book it online or to reserve it via phone. The accommodation there is pretty affordable and they usually prepare breakfast at a cost of a few dollars.
However, in case you prefer a hotel stay – there’s no better option than IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Trinidad. The hotel is located very central, in a beautifully renovated historical building in colonial style. This luxurious hotel combines tradition with the modern designs and offers a stylish yet super comfortable stay.
Some extra tips?
The cobblestone streets are very slippery an irregular so forget about fancy shoes or high heels. Sneakers or sandals are the best option when in Trinidad.
If you’re travelling during the summer don’t forget to bring a strong sunblock and a mosquito repellent, preferably bought outside of Cuba (local ones are not that efficient).
If you’re planning to take a bike ride, don’t forget to bring a hat cause the sun can get really strong.
In case you have more than just one day in Trinidad check out Tripadvisor for detailed list of all the top things to do in Trinidad.
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