Camaguey Travel Guide

The streets of Camaguey twist and turn, intersecting each other at odd angles and making it very easy for visitors to get lost.

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Travel and tourism in Camaguey. How to get in, maps, activities to do, where to eat...
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Camagüey is the capital of Camagüey Province and Cuba’s third largest city. It has some beautiful old churches, but is not really a tourist stop. According to legend, when Camaguey was settled in the 1500s, attacks by pirates and bandits were frequent and the citizens wanted to make it difficult for outsiders to navigate the city. Thus, the streets of Camaguey twist and turn, intersecting each other at odd angles and making it very easy for visitors to get lost.

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GET IN

  • Ignacio Agramonte Airport about 5 miles from the city center. International connections via charter and scheduled service to Havana (90 minutes).
  • Camaguey is near the midpoint on the Havana to Santiago train line (about 10 hours from Havana). In addition to the daily overnight train running in both directions, there is also a daytime train running to/from Havana and Santa Clara on alternate days and another daytime train arriving from Santiago de Cuba on Thursdays and Sundays and returning on Mondays and Fridays.
  • Viazul provides service to Havana, Sancti Spiritus, Santa Clara, Santiago de Cuba, Trinidad, and Varadero. Viazul tickets are purchased from an office right in front of where the buses stop near the far end of the terminal.
  • Carretera Central, Cuba’s major highway passes through.
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There are a few local buses running, but they tend to be infrequent and overcrowded. Some taxis are available, and there are many bicycle-taxis. The historical centre is small enough to walk around.

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SEE

The historic centre of Camaguey is the largest in Cuba. There are several museums, including

  • Museo Provincial Ignacio Agramonte;
  • Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad;
  • Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Merced;

You can climb the tower at the Cathedral de Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria off of Plaza San Juan de Dios. The park Casino Campestre just over the river is Cuba’s largest urban park and has plenty of shade. The local market is on the banks of the Rio Hatibonico at the south end of the historic centre.

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DO

Walk around the historic centre, with its seemingly randomly oriented streets and dozens of nooks and crannies.

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  • Hotel Camaguey, Carretera Central.
  • Gran Hotel, Maceo.
  • There are several casas particulares in town.
  • Casa de Delgado, Apt 71 / Level 7 – Calle Republica 216, ☎ 53 32 291284. This casa is run by two doctors – Anabel and Royler. It is a private room with adjoining private bathroom inside their penthouse apartment that features an amazing view of the town. Anabel speaks fluent English and is extremely friendly and helpful. It is on the 7th level of an apartment building (it’s the highest one on Calle Republica – look for the blue Casa sign) so it can be tricky to find. Calle Republica runs parallel to the Gran Hotel and it’s about 100 metres down from the fork between the two roads. Their is a buzzer you ring or normally a door attendant. 25 CUC.
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Camagüey is the capital of Camagüey Province, it has some beautiful old churches, but is not really a tourist stop. According to legend, the streets of Camaguey twist and turn, intersecting each other at odd angles and making it very easy for visitors to get lost.

Travel and tourism in Camaguey. How to get in, maps, activities to do, where to eat and sleep. Download the Free Camaguey Travel Guide.

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As a freelance travel photographer, Michel Piccaya has been on the road worldwide for more than 20 years, exploring the most incredible itineraries. He’s currently based in Brussels however never stays at home for a long time !

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