Guide to Trinidad, Cuba

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

After spending three nights in Cuba's lively capital city of Havana, I was well and truly ready to explore a little bit of Cuba's quiet side. So, after four hours of being squished in the back of a collectivo (shared rental car) I finally arrived in Trinidad, a city famed for its charming colonial architecture. Trinidad was founded by the Spanish and is well known for being one of the best preserved cities in the Caribbean from the time of the sugar trade.

The city is now a hub for tourism, as people are attracted to its colourful streets, cheap cocktails and caribbean coast just a stones throw away. Prior to arriving, I had no idea it was going to be as popular as it was. I think we often are given the impression that Cuba is a land where tourism has scarcely touched, and as I am sure this is the case in some places, it cannot be said for Trinidad. For this reason the small city had a rather holiday feel about it, perhaps due to its restaurant and live music scene.

How long to stay

It did not take long to get the lay of the land as the city is very small and after you have been for a few wanders you do feel as though you have seen everything there is to see. We stayed two nights and it was the perfect amount of time, any longer and we may have gone a little stir crazy...

See & Do
  • Wander the side streets and admire the picture perfect architecture.
  • See the Plaza Mayor, the towns historic centre.
  • Visit a museum e.g. The War Against the Bandits (has a view of the city from the convents tower) but there are many others too.
  • Buy a $1 cocktail and fight for a spot by the Casa de la Musica pre or post dinner.
  • Take a break from the scorching streets and spend the afternoon at the nearby beach. The bus costs 5 CUC for a return, but goes at set times so ask your casa for information. The beach is not the best I've ever been to but its certainly not bad!


Restaurants are plentiful in Trinidad, with many congregating around the central squares. We were on a tight budget by this point so we found a tiny little place that did $3 pasta dishes and returned both nights. The first night the pasta was delicious and we were very pleased with our little find as most places were charging at least double that. However, on our second visit it was a whole new story and it was pretty terrible. I guess that is the thing with cuban food, it is really hit and miss!

We ate breakfast at our casa every day as they set up a decent spread of fruit juice, coffee, eggs and toast for $5.


We found a really cute little casa on airbnb which we booked a couple of months in advance. I would recommend trying to stay somewhere with a roof terrace or outside space if you can, as we really loved having breakfast on this little terrace every morning.

Thank you for reading this post, I hope you found it helpful or inspired you to take a trip to Trinidad in Cuba.

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