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Cienfuegos
Cuba

The port of Cienfuegos is located on the south coast of Cuba. It is mainly an industrial city. Its architecture was influenced by the French who settled there. This city is newer and cleaner, which is why it is nicknamed the pearl of Cuba. You can admire its neoclassical architecture on the great Plaza de Armas square and on the pedestrian streets where souvenir kiosks and restaurants abound.

If your stopover allows you, a visit to Trinidad is a must. Along the way, you’ll see the Cuban countryside and the Sierra del Escambray mountains.

Some cruise lines make a two-day stopover in Cienfuegos, but do not stop in Havana. They offer excursions to visit Havana.

Useful Information

Language

Spanish (English is understood by people working with tourists)

Currency

CUC

Cuban convertible peso - Tourists use the convertible Cuban peso which is at parity with the US dollar. On the other hand, a tax is levied when exchanging US dollars for CUC. It is therefore preferable to exchange with Canadian dollars or Euros.

The Cuban peso (CUP) is used by locals. Be careful to receive the exchange in CUC, because the Cuban peso at a much lower value.

Le Peso Cubain (CUP) est utilisé par les habitants locaux. Attention de bien recevoir le change en CUC, car le peso cubain à une valeur bien moindre.

Currency Converters:  
Bing   CAD   USD   EUR  
XE

Time difference

UTC: -5

from New York: 0h

from San Francisco: +2h

from London: -5h

Tips

Cubans expect to receive a tip. Many street entertainers will try to play music with you or want to take a picture with you in order to receive a tip (1 or 2 CUC). Tour guides expect about 2 CUC per person for a day trip.

Weather
°C °F

MonthTemperature (Celsius)Temperature (Fahrenheit)Precipitations
Minimum
Average
Maximum
(mminch)
January
17 63
22 72
27 81
180.75
February
17 63
22 72
28 82
251.00
March
18 64
23 73
29 84
331.25
April
19 66
24 75
29 84
461.75
May
21 70
26 79
31 88
1194.75
June
22 72
27 81
32 90
1526.00
July
22 72
27 81
32 90
1224.75
August
22 72
27 81
32 90
1606.25
September
22 72
27 81
32 90
1736.75
October
22 72
27 81
31 88
1606.25
November
19 66
24 75
28 82
411.50
December
18 64
23 73
28 82
231.00

Where is locate the Port of Cienfuegos

You will dock on a wharf that looks like a large concrete parking lot. The city’s main square is about four blocks from the harbour. A currency exchange office and souvenir kiosks are located at the port.

Travelling around the port of Cienfuegos

The centre of the city can be visited on foot, but taxis are also available. For more remote sites such as Trinidad, it is best to take an excursion with the cruise line.

Activities in Cienfuegos

Landmarks

Cienfuegos Cathedral

The main square, José Martin Park, is lined with beautiful buildings such as the Cathedral of Cienfuegos. On the opposite side are the lions of Medici. In the park, you will find the Triumphal Arch and a marble statue of José Martin.

Museums

Cienfuego Botanical Garden

The largest botanical garden on the island. It has many tropical species, including a collection of more than 400 orchids. The garden is located 14km from the centre of the city.

Excursions in Cienfuegos

Trinidad is a UESCO World Heritage Site. This city founded by the Spanish is characterized by its colonial architecture, its colorful houses and its narrow streets.

Fortress of Jagua: Located south of the city, at the entrance to Cienfuegos Bay, the fortress was built to defend itself from pirates.

El Nicho Falls is located in the Collantes Nature Park. You can admire this waterfall, walk the trails, visit a cave and watch the birds.

Other ports in the area

News

Cruise Tips

Solutions to avoid seasickness on a cruise

Seasickness is caused by conflicting signals sent to the brain through the inner ear and the eyes. The inner ear senses movement that the eyes cannot see, causing discomfort and nausea.