Camaguey
 
"It's winding streets,
designed to confuse
 pirates, now
delight visitors."
 
 
 
Travel Tales - Images of Cuba - Camaguey
  

 
 
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Hotel Camaguey (information site - not official)
About 4km from Camaguey's historic centre, this large hotel was modern in 1975, today it's structure and decor are showing their age and the amenities and cleanliness are indicative of a two star rating. The size is attractive to tour groups.  The breakfast room fills up early and then a controlled line stands outside the doors; can be difficult if you have a early departure schedule.
The link above suggests a site on which to book.  Check to see if restaurant is open for dinner or you will be faced with a trip into town.
Address: Central Highway, km 4½, Jayama, Camaguey
  
      

 
SEEING THE SIGHTS:

Touring
GAP Adventures has a number of tour options for Cuba; the longest being their 15 day Colonial Tour.  Many of the historical city centers are small so we encourage you to tour on your own by walking and/or using bicitaxis and cocotaxis.  It can be more affordable, more flexible and more fun than an organized tour.  Take a Lonely Planet guide book with you for detailed information about the sights to see. 

The sculptures shown on this page are by Martha Jimenez; her studio can be seen on Carman Plaza.

Remember to take some time, tuck the guide book away, and just enjoy watching citizens going about their daily lives.
      

 
 
 

 
 
 
 


 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FOOD & DRINK:
For decades Cuba has been criticized for its bland and unimaginative food.  Other than street pizzas, pastries, etc, Cubans tend to eat at home ... mostly for economic reasons.  When Cuba reopened it's doors to tourists in 1997 and began allowing casa particulars (similar to B&Bs), visitors to this country now have an opportunity to enjoy home cooked meals. Some of Cuba's best and most reasonably priced meals can be enjoyed in casa particulars.  For dinner and lunch the choice is usually chicken, pork, fish or vegetarian.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
In Camaguey we ate breakfast at the hotel. The breakfast room filled up early and we had to wait in a line outside the doors which made it hectic for our early departure.

Dinner at Restaurante La Teraza Papito Rizo.   It turned out to be a more expensive meal than the "budget" indicator on the internet suggested. The internet also suggested the meal can be paid in national pesos or Cuban convertibles.  Two choices, lamb or chicken.  The lamb was very good.

Water:  Drinking water in Cuba for visitors should be bottled.  Most Cubans boil the water they use.  Having ice cubes is usually safe at hotels, restaurants and casa particulars which cater to tourists.
 
Drinks:  Cuba is famous for it's rum.  Individual purchased drinks are tourist priced.  Buying bottles of rum and mix at a bar or mercado and mixing your own is common in Cuba.  Beer brands 'Bucanero' and its lighter version 'Cristal' are the two most popular beer offered.  

Snacks:  Pop, chips and cookies are luxury items and are sold in Cuban convertible pesos (CUC$).  If you have national pesos (CUP) you can buy local goods like street pizza for approx 45¢ US, a loaf of bread approx 12¢, ice cream cone approx 7¢) and a glass of sugar cane juice approx 8¢.  
    

TO & FROM:

An easy, comfortable and inexpensive way to go between most cities in Cuba is by ViaZul Bus.  These buses are equipped with toilet and air conditioning.  Buy your ticket ahead to avoid disappointment.

For places in and around Camaguey bicitaxies and cocataxis are great for short trips.