Welcome to Camaguey

The largest of Cuba’s Provinces, Camaguey is located towards the eastern end of the island, and there are over fifty miles of beautiful beaches along its coast. Both the northern and southern are of the Province are bordered by thousands of small islands and cays.

The region is supposed to have its origins in the clay tile industry, and was famous for its cattle ranches before the 1959 revolution. The large red clay pots that are seen throughout the Province are its identifying feature, and the mostly flat and grassy.

The city of Camaguey is the capital of the Province, and its streets were built along intersecting straight lines hundreds of years ago, and colonial section has been declared a National Monument. It has one of Cuba’s best preserved colonial sections, and also lays claim to having the most urban plazas, city squares, and churches on the island.

Camaguey Welcomes You!

City Treasures

Camaguey is well worth a visit, and is a great stopping point when travelling between Havana and Santiago. The city offers the Museo Provincial Ignacio Agramonte, Galeria Provincial de Artes Plasticas, Colonial Gallery, Maceo & Independence Street, the home of Ignacio Agramonte, Casa de la Trova, Iglesia de la Merced, Plaza de los Trabajadores, Ignacio Agramonte Park, Plaza & Church of Our Lady of Carmen, Plaza & Church of Saint John, the Joel Jover Gallery, the Larios Gallery, and the Teatro Principal.

Seaside

The beach at Santa Lucia is known for having the most extensive coral formations in all of Cuba, and is therefore one of Cuba’s best places for snorkeling and SCUBA diving. The nearby cays of Sabinal, Romano, Cruz, and Guajaba are often full of pink flamingos, and the area has been very lightly impacted by development.

Ernest Hemingway was a frequent visitor to the area during his time in Cuba, and he took part in submarine hunts that initiated here during World War II. After and before the war, Hemingway docked his boat “El Pilar” in the area, and often went fishing in the local waters. In Santa Lucia there are several sunken ships offshore, and there are over thirty spots ideal for coastal dives. The area also offers access to the wildlife refuge of Rio Maximo.

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Places of Interest

  • Ancon beach
  • Cave of the Indian
  • Chinatown
  • Christopher Columbus Cemetery
  • Metropolitan Park
  • National Aquarium
  • Plaza Mayor
  • Plaza of the Revolution
  • Prehistoric Mural
  • San Jose Art Fair
  • Sugarmills Valley
  • Topes de Collantes
  • University of Havana campus
  • Viñales valley

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