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Matanzas

Trip Planner Caribbean  /  Cuba  /  Matanzas Province  /  Matanzas

City of Bridges

Though located near a popular tourist resort, Matanzas remains a relatively small town with a strong cultural heritage. Many biking enthusiasts choose to take a trip to Matanzas from Havana, taking side roads to discover friendly little settlements and soak up the spirit of everyday life in Cuba. Tour Matanzas to see the area's three rivers and cross 17 bridges, linking various neighborhoods and giving the city's its second nickname, "Venice of Cuba." The birthplace of rumba and danzon dance traditions, Matanzas serves as one of Cuba's cultural hubs, housing some of the country's top theaters. With our international travel planner, Cuba vacations can be built around trips to Matanzas and other destinations in Cuba.
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Hostels and family-run guesthouses make up the bulk of accommodations in Matanzas. Despite the city's coastal location, few options offer views of the water, with most gathered around the central landmark, Parque de Liberdad. If you are craving a sea view, you can find a few options on the southern shore of the bay, a bit outside the center.
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