Cuba is literally a different world. And I was so happy that we decided to start our trip in Trinidad, a colonial town in the center of the island. We flew into Santa Clara airport from Fort Lauderdale and took about a two hour(ish) taxi ride to the city. When you’re visiting Trinidad, Cuba (no, I’m not talking about Trinidad & Tobago, which is what everyone asked when I said I was going to Trinidad)you’ll be overwhelmed by the beauty of the Spanish colonial city. The whole city is a UNESCO protected heritage site, and rightfully so. It is absolutely stunning.
Visiting Trinidad, Cuba
You should spend about three days in Trinidad, Cuba. You want time to wander the streets, head to Playa Ancon, and really absorb the culture of the area. And there are a few things that you shouldn’t miss out on when you visit the colorful city.
Find The Most Colorful Buildings You’ve Ever Seen
Trinidad was by far one of the most colorful places that I’ve ever visited (#travelcolorfully). I was literally in heaven weaving down the different streets. The vibrancy of the city is insane, and you won’t be able to put your camera down. The color is everywhere you turn: from the colonial style buildings, to the beautiful Iglesia y Convento de San Fransisco, to the old 1950s cars. We easily spent an entire day exploring the city and stopping every ten minutes to snap photos in front of the gorgeous color blocked doors.
Climb To The Top Of The Watch Tower Of The Palacio Cantero
We were trying to decide which tower to climb to the top of. I’m so glad we chose the Palacio Cantero. You get an absolutely amazing view from the top. You can see the mountains, the Iglesias y Convento de San Fransisco, and even the sea. The different landscapes of Cuba is really showcased from the top of this tower.
Take A Day Trip To The Beach
Playa Ancon is a short drive from Trinidad. If you don’t have time to make it to Varadero (we couldn’t fit it into this trip), Playa Ancon is still a beautiful beach. The water is crystal clear and the sand is soft and white. You can rent a chair for the day for 2 CUC and there is a restaurant with food, drinks, and fresh coconuts nearby. You can also sign up for snorkeling trips and more by the waterfront.
Sit In Plaza Mayor And Sip On A Mojito
Hannah and I immediately decided that having at least one mojito a day was going to happen during our time in Cuba. We started making a habit of sitting in Plaza Mayor, connecting to wifi with our wifi cards (more to come on that later), sipping on mojitos. You can buy them from several shops around the Plaza. We found one right at the beginning that had 1 CUC mojitos during happy hour… aka amazingness.
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