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Things to do in Matanzas

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“Beautiful park with wonderful views! Great place to go in the afternoon and have a drink enjoying the trees and the lake. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“The Bay of Pigs Invasion was a failed military invasion of Cuba undertaken by the CIA-sponsor in 1961. It is a place filled with history but it is also a good diving place. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“Here you can go dancing during the weekends. There are concerts very often, also during the week sometimes!”
  • 22 locals recommend
Park
“It is one of the biggest attractions in the province of Matanzas. The cave is an impressive natural clear crystal pool with more than 70 meters deep that communicates with the sea through an underground tunnel. In this beautiful place there is a varied offer that includes everything from diving to a rustic ranch where various dishes are offered including seafood and crocodile meat. The famous Cueva de los Peces is a cenote, a small and deep lagoon, which communicates with the sea through an underground tunnel. You can snorkel and inside the cave, of course, colorful tropical fish abound. Surrounded by all natural beauty, seaweed, coral and precious stones.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Salinas de Brito. In a particularly beautiful area of about two thousand square kilometers, Las Salinas, in the south of the province of Matanzas, is considered by specialists to be a sanctuary for Cuban birds. The marsh system that exists in this area makes it an excellent place to shelter more than 65 migratory species that come there during the winter season between the months of October and March. During that period, birds that migrate from North America in search of better climate conditions, food and also the purpose of the necessary mating to preserve their existence stay overnight in Las Salinas. Ornithologists report the presence of the Torcaza Blanca (Columba inornata), cartacuba (”
  • 13 locals recommend
Administrative Area Level 2
“one of the best trips in Cuba, the biggest humeral with lush forests and authentical experiences: visit the crocodile reserve, crossing in speed boat the Treasure Lagoon and visit an island in the heart of the marsh, at the end take a delicious bath in the Fish cavern blue reef. Ask to El Patio Andalú for more details of this trip.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“One kilometer south of the Vía Blanca by the side of the road to Varadero's International airport, is the freshwater Cueva de Saturno, a highly popular subterranean cave with a pool billed as a snorkeling and/or swimming spot. The water's about 18-20°C and the maximum depth is 22m, though there are shallower parts. There's a snack bar and equipment rental post on-site. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Entertainment
“It lies 5km southeast of Matanzas and is 300,000 years old. Probably, it is the oldest tourist attraction. It is also one of the longest and deepest natural caves of the country. The entrance is through a small museum, and the visit can take around 45 minutes. Outside the Cuevas de Bellamar are two restaurants and a playground.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Inexplicably, this ranchón -style but unspectacular government-run restaurant remains popular in the new era and it's surely something to do with the generosity of the portions. Epecial lobster.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Plaza America Convention Center founded in 1993, is one of the most emblematic places in Varadero, in addition to being a convention center, on the ground floor it works as a shopping center, with the best deals on beachwear, here is where the Best souvenir pullover shop in Cuba of the Valerio brand, there are also several restaurants such as Pizza Nova of Italian food or The Chef of Creole food, has an International Financial Bank, Atm, and postal service in its facilities. This complex is located on the beachfront between the Melia Las Americas and Melia Varadero Hotels, due to this privileged location in the beach is an international Diving Center, equipped with all the necessary snorkeling equipment, see the barrier coral in katamaran and dema aquatic activities ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Varadero is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The so called blue beach of Cuba is only two hours drive from Havana”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Este es uno de los lugares favoritos de los locales para bailar! La pista de baile del lugar está situada bajo las estrellas, por lo que es más aireada y refrescante que algunos de los populares clubes cubiertos de Varadero. El bar abierto a veces está incluido en el precio de la entrada. A menudo hay música en vivo y espectáculos de baile. Dirección Calle 60 y Av 3, Varadero Teléfono: +53 45 667415 This is a local's favorite place to dance! The venue's dance floor is set right under the stars, so it is more airy and refreshing than some of Varadero's popular indoor clubs. Open bar is sometimes included in the price of entry. There is often live music and dance shows. Address: Calle 60 and Av 3, Varadero Phone: +53 45 667415”
  • 3 locals recommend
Cuban Restaurant
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“It is one of the best restaurantes in Varadero if you want to taste the international and creole cuisine.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Es un centro comercial con varios establecimientos de ropas, zapatos, bisuterías, grosery, ropas de playas, caferias ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Night Club
“The Beatles Bar is a site created to honor the mythical band The Beatles, it is decorated with images of the band members, it has an interior and an outdoor part where every night rock concerts are offered with their songs”
  • 11 locals recommend
Beach
“It constitutes an international diving center, where you can practice this nautical modality from the coast. This site has a great beauty and abundance of coral species, gorgonians, sponges and schools of multicolored tropical fish. There is a large coral reserve, seabed of exuberant beauty and water with a pleasant temperature at any time of the year from where you can dive to the open sea or practice cave diving in flooded caves with brackish water, areas linked to the Espeleolacustre system of the Ciénaga de Zapata , for this they have a highly qualified staff. The diving center has the conditions for diving in accordance with established rules for that sport in the world. This area has ”
  • 17 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Inexplicably, this ranchón -style but unspectacular government-run restaurant remains popular in the new era and it's surely something to do with the generosity of the portions. Epecial lobster.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Este es uno de los lugares favoritos de los locales para bailar! La pista de baile del lugar está situada bajo las estrellas, por lo que es más aireada y refrescante que algunos de los populares clubes cubiertos de Varadero. El bar abierto a veces está incluido en el precio de la entrada. A menudo hay música en vivo y espectáculos de baile. Dirección Calle 60 y Av 3, Varadero Teléfono: +53 45 667415 This is a local's favorite place to dance! The venue's dance floor is set right under the stars, so it is more airy and refreshing than some of Varadero's popular indoor clubs. Open bar is sometimes included in the price of entry. There is often live music and dance shows. Address: Calle 60 and Av 3, Varadero Phone: +53 45 667415”
  • 3 locals recommend
Cuban Restaurant
“It is one of the best restaurantes in Varadero if you want to taste the international and creole cuisine.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Calle 62 is located at the corner of Calle 62 and Avenida Primera. The bar is popular with both locals and tourists. It hosts live music shows and sometimes there are professional dancers. Sometimes part of the road leading up to the establishment is closed off to traffic. The place becomes a dance floor. Address: Av 1 & Calle 62, Varadero”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Varadero60 is a restaurant of the most exclusive of Varadero, my favorite, it is a place with an incredible decoration, an indescribable treatment, a meal which has no adjective to catalog it, at the moment you enter this restaurant you will be in Mecca Varaderense of traditional Cuban food fused with international dishes. Its facilities are exceptional conditions, it has a bar, where you can try the best pina coladas in all of Cuba is not exaggerated I assure you, a heated lounge and a terrace. The site is a bit expensive but I assure you it is incredibly worth it.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“Nice place to relax where you can enjoy a nice view accompanied by delicious food and tasty cocktails. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Este Restaurante se encuentra en 1ra, no 4ta, Avenida de Santa Marta. Su dueño cuenta con una gran experiencia en Restauración y Marketing y el sabor de la comida de este local es único y bien auténtico.”
  • 6 locals recommend

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