Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Matanzas Cuba

Location of Matanzas Province in Cuba
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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Matanzas Things to do

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You will never run out of choices of Things to do in Matanzas. Matanzas is a popular tourist hub in Cuba that is known for its diverse offering to the tourists. You are sure to find something suiting your taste and penchant in Matanzas, be it history, culture, nature, outdoor adventure, romance or pure relaxation. Of all the Things to do in Matanzas, sightseeing is the most popular. Keep reading to know more about various tourist activities you can indulge in Matanzas in Cuba.
Things to do in Matanzas: Sightseeing
Some of the most popular tourist attractions in Matanzas are given below. Do not forget to include them in your sightseeing itinerary of this Cuban province.

Provincial Historical Museum, Matanzas
Pharmaceutical Museum
Matanzas High School (Palm Coast)
Teatro Sauto, Matanzas
Giron Museum, Matanzas
Crocodile farm

Varadero beach
Caves of Bellamar
Montemar National Park in Matanzas Cuba

In your leisure time you can also take a stroll around this city, that is popularly known as the "Venice of Cuba", and explore its many wonderful sights and sounds. You can also go on a twilight boating trip on the Canimar River with your sweetheart and make your trip to this city a memorable one.
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Matanzas Restaurants

Restaurant Cueva de Bellamar

Cueva de Bellamar Matanzas

Restaurant El Bahìa

Via Blanca Matanzas

 Restaurant Cafe Atenas

Calle # 83 y # 272 Matanzas Open 24 hours

Restaurant Anno XXX

Calle 272 Ponte della Concordia Matanzas

Restaurant Pekin

Calle #83 E/ % Calle 292 y Calle 294 Matanzas

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Matanzas is a city of many names. "City of Bridges," "City of Rivers," and the "Venice of Cuba," all reference the fact that the city is divided by two major rivers, and connected back together by a series of pedestrian, auto, and rail bridges. Due to its slow pace and laid-back nature, it is also sometimes called Cuba's "Sleeping Beauty." However, the city is probably most proud of its moniker as the "Athens of Cuba," a name reflecting Matanzas's important cultural tradition and history. The first danzón , a languid and lyrical original dance and musical form, was originally composed and played in Matanzas in 1879 by native son Miguel Faílde, and Matanzas has a rich legacy of prominent poets, writers, painters, and musicians. Still, today's reality is that aside from its beautiful old city center, Matanzas is a relatively unappealing industrial port city of only passing interest to travelers. While it is a popular destination for day trips out of Havana and Varadero, there are no notable hotels or restaurants in Mantanzas.

Friday, February 5, 2010



At their origins, Matanzas was an indian town known as Yucayo, settled near the Guanima Bay. The Spanish named the place as Matanzas, after a ship with thirty men and two woman shipwrecked nearby the port and were attacked and died by the Indians. In this zone, the Spanish in 1693 founded the city with the name of San Carlos and San Severino of Matanzas nearby the splendid bay with the higher soaked of Cuba.

Matanzas has the pride of having in its territory, one of the best beach of the world: Varadero, a nature's masterpiece. Its perfect coastline of fine white sand runs for 20 kilometers and can be considered a holiday paradise.This resort is located on the Northern coast of Matanzas province, It extend through a narrow peninsula, the Hicacos peninsula. The fine white sand and its warm transparent waters makes from this place one of the most important and recognize beach place in the world.
Just 2 hours from Havana, Varadero is easy to reach from any part of the world. You can arrive either by direct flight to its international airport or by private boat to its harbor, or by well maintained roads from any region of the Island. Yachts and private aircraft can enter Varadero by establishing radio contact with Cuban authorities.

Matanzas, the city of the bridge and the poets, is the capital of the province with the same name. In the heart of the city we can find the Jose White cultural center, the place where more than a century ago was danced the first "danzon" compound by Miguel Failde.
Matanzas have besides Varadero, other places with tourist interest like; The Yumuri Valley, where we could see the cuban nature in its all brightness. the Bellamar cave, with more than 2 km long, and in the south part, at the Zapata peninsula, is located the Natural Park Montemar, a paradise for the one who love nature.This incredible natural reservation have an area of thousands of square kilometers of forest and coast vegetation, extensive places of moisture and manglars which are the habitat of 160 species of birds and 900 of superior trees. Mammals, fishes, and amphibians are joined to this wonderful show in the Caribbean island.
This province is a faithful index of the afrocuban religion. The black slaves settled in the vicinity of Yumury Valley resolved his spanish masters prohibition to celebrated his african cult, with the identification of the christian saints with the colours of his god. In this way the Caridad Virgin is Ochun. From this place was born the Palo Monte, el Abacua and the santeria, specially in the regions of Jovellanos, Colon and the city of Matanzas.


Friday, May 29, 2009



The northern coast is lined with ports and bays and contains one of the world's finest beaches, at Varadero.This coast also has numerous small cays, scrublands and mangroves near the shoreline.

The southern coast has one of Cuba's most distinctive features: Ciénaga de Zapata, a vast wetland area of mangrove and swamp taking up most of the southern part of the province and the peninsula of the same name. Among Cuba's provinces, Matanzas is one of the most industrialized ones, with petroleum wells, refineries, supertanker facilities, and 21 sugar mills to process the harvests of the fields of sugarcane in the province.

This province has the biggest oilfield in exploitation of Cuba, located in the north coast, near of the Bay of Cárdenas and the Bay of Matanzas, where it produces the 60 percent of national crude oil. Some foreign firms make risk investment to drill for oil at this zone.

Energas, a plant which utilizes the spin-off gas to generate electricity, was constructed near Cárdenas and Varadero. It generates over 170 megawatts to the Cuban electrical power system.

Sugarcane and henequen are the major crops; subsistence agriculture is also practiced, and there is some cattle rising. In Matanzas there is also the biggest surface area of cultivation of citrus fruits in the country, with over 300 thousand tons produced per year.


Matanzas has a prosperous tourist industry. Comfortable hotels have been built in some of the most beautiful spots in Matanzas, to facilitate your enjoyment of nature.

The ruins of the Triunvirato sugar mill and the fascinating Canímar River, of navigable and quiet waters whose limits are marked by an exuberant vegetation, complement the charms of Matanzas, close to which –on the way to the city of Havana– the vast Yumurí Valley will make you stop and enjoy the privileged Bacunayagua lookout

The best time to visit Matanzas is December though April is also the most popular time.

The weather is at its coolest and driest during these months, yet it's still far warmer than those of North America and Europe.
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In the spring and fall, it's off season and this may mean fewer hotel amenities. There are, however, benefits for traveling in the low season: lack of crowds and prices that tumble by up to 25%.
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Matanzas city: (founded in 1693) is known as “the Venice of Cuba” for its many bridges enriching the urban area. Also, is known as "the Athens of Cuba" because of its cultural heritage. The provincial capital surrounds a large bay, whose name changed from Guanima to Matanzas (slaughters) after a group of Spanish colonizers were killed on its waters by aborigines commanded by cacique Guayucayex, in 1510.
The name of Matanzas was quickly extended to the then village, to the lands in the vecinity and to the rest of the future province.

Land of poets, in this town was born the Danzón, a popular Cuban rhythm. There is also in Matanzas a sui generis Pharmaceutical Museum, which together with the Oscar María de Rojas Museum, opened at the beginning of the 20th century, and the Sauto Theater, complements the cultural offer to the visitors.


Wednesday, May 20, 2009



The western Cuban province of Matanzas offers an array of tourist options that range from the world-famous beach resort of Varadero to Ciénaga de Zapata (Zapata Swamp).
Precisely, Varadero is considered Cuba's best beach, despite strong competition from the islets that make up the tourist destination known as Jardines del Rey (King's Gardens).
A score of kilometers of excellent beaches and natural attractions such as caves, pristine keys and crystal-clear water are complemented by a large infrastructure to meet the needs from the most demanding vacationers.
In addition, Varadero's sea is inhabited by more than 40 kinds of corrals, schools of fish, lobsters, shrimps, crabs, turtles and more than 70 kinds of mollusks.
Marinas like Dársena de Varadero and Gaviota provide diving enthusiasts with excellent conditions and services, including boats, skilled personnel, diving training centers, hyperbaric chambers and emergency transportation.
One of the best diving sites is Hoyo Azul Ojo del Mégano, a huge cave that has 70 meters in diameter and holds underwater walls, coral reefs and huge schools of multicolor fish.


Varadero Beach, Matanzas Guamá Canímar River, Matanzas At the same time, the Zapata Swamp is one of the most attractive tourist options in Matanzas, in addition to being the paradise par excellence for nature lovers.
Pristine beaches, exotic forests, rivers, lakes, flooded caverns, natural pools, virgin areas and grasslands are a safe haven for 30 percent of Cuba's autochthons fauna.
The swamp shelters 171 species of birds, 18 of which are native to the region, which is one of Cuba's richest zones for ecological tourism.
The geographic center of the region is Playa Larga, a 400-meter fine sand strip bathed by warm water and surrounded by corals and natural trails where tourists can enjoy nature at the International Bird Watching Center.
Other attractions include Salinas de Bidos (Bidos' Saltmines), where bird watchers can watch up to 165 species of birds in winter, and Cueva de los Peces (Fish's Cave), the largest flooded cavern in the Cuban archipelago and an excellent site to practice speleological diving.
One of the largest crocodile breeding farms in the Caribbean Island and the Caribbean, with more than 15,000 specimens, is in the Zapata Swamp.
Matanzas also boasts a natural underground wonder, Cuevas de Bellamar (Bellamar's Caves), which were discovered in 1861, the ruins of the Triunvirato sugar mill and the River Canímar.
One of the most beautiful natural sites in Cuba is the Yumurí Valley, whose breathtaking landscape can be enjoyed from Mirador de Bacunayagua (Bacunayagua's Lookout), which overlooks a bridge that is considered one of the Caribbean Island's seven wonders of civil engineering.

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