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Matanzas

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Beaches · Caves · Bridges
City of Bridges
Though located near a popular tourist resort, Matanzas remains a relatively small town with a strong cultural heritage. Many biking enthusiasts choose to take a trip to Matanzas from Havana, taking side roads to discover friendly little settlements and soak up the spirit of everyday life in Cuba. Tour Matanzas to see the area's three rivers and cross 17 bridges, linking various neighborhoods and giving the city's its second nickname, "Venice of Cuba." The birthplace of rumba and danzon dance traditions, Matanzas serves as one of Cuba's cultural hubs, housing some of the country's top theaters. With our international travel planner, Cuba vacations can be built around trips to Matanzas and other destinations in Cuba.
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Popular things to do in Matanzas

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Specialty Museum
Pharmaceutical Museum
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Duration: 1 hour
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Cave
Cuevas de Bellamar
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Bridge
Puente de Bacunayagua
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Beach
Cayos Blancos
4.3
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Matanzas

Beach
Playa Larga Playa Larga
2.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Landmark
Cardenas City Cardenas
3.9
Duration: 4 hours
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Wildlife Area
Zapata Swamp Playa Larga
3.1
Duration: 4 hours
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Beach
Playa de Jibacoa Santa Cruz del Norte
3.3
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Matanzas

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Art Gallery
Lolo Galeria-Taller
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Military Museum
Bay of Pigs Museum
3.3
Duration: 2 hours
Landmark
Callejon de las Tradiciones
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Outdoor Activity
Parque de la Libertad
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes

Wildlife in Matanzas

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Shark Diving
Club ScubAzul
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
Fishing Charter / Tour
Marinas Gaviota
3.3
Duration: 4 hours
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Wildlife Area
Finca Fiesta Campesina
2.7
Duration: 30 minutes

Historic Sites in Matanzas

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Church
Catedral de San Carlos Borromeo
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
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Historic Site
Palmar de Junco
4.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Castle
San Severino Castle
3.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Nature in Matanzas

Water Body
Valle Canimar
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min

Where to stay in Matanzas

Hostels and family-run guesthouses make up the bulk of accommodations in Matanzas. Despite the city's coastal location, few options offer views of the water, with most gathered around the central landmark, Parque de Liberdad. If you are craving a sea view, you can find a few options on the southern shore of the bay, a bit outside the center.
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