Our Opinion of Manzanillo De Cuba
Granma province is renowned for its battles and its natural gifts. High in the breathtaking Sierra Maestra Mountains, Fidel Castro conquered Batista's dictatorship. Down in the valley, the longest river in Cuba irrigates the fertile lands. And the towns echo with memories of slaves, conquistadors and peasants.
Named after the boat that Fidel Castro used in his revolution, Granma Province is in a great valley crossed by the Cauto River and framed by the magnificent Sierra Maestra Mountains on the edge of the island's rugged Caribbean shore. These mountains provided shelter for Castro's revolutionaries.
The Marea del Portillo beach is composed of dark sand and is just gorgeous with the Sierra Maestra mountains situated just behind.
Desembarco del Granma - The emerged maritime terraces are national park with steep reefs and abundant fauna and vegetation. In 1999, due to its ecological values, UNESCO declared the park a World Heritage Site. There are more than 200 species of plants living here.
This region has a large system of caverns, the most interesting ones being the Hoyo de Marlotte, 77 meters deep and 52 meters wide, and the Cave of Fustete.
Things to know about Manzanillo De Cuba, Cuba Vacations
Activities & Sports
This destination is mostly aimed for people looking for rest and relaxation.
Hotels offer all the usual water sports activities and 17 diving or snorkelling sites surround the area. The best ones are located near Cape Cruz.
Nature walks along the pathways that lead to the lush Sierra Maestra.
Dining & Nightlife
Compared to other Cuban destinations this is a rather quiet town during evenings but there is usually some form of live musical entertainment taking place.
Local dishes include roast pork and fried white mullet, a typical fish from Manzanillo.Shopping
Cuban cigars, rum and coffee are the most popular souvenirs, followed by wood handicraft and congas. Cuban music recordings are a must as well.
Languages: Spanish, English widely spoken in tourist areas.
Currency: CUC (Cuban Convertible Peso); CAD dollars easily exchanged but subject to 8% conversion fee (10% for US dollars and 11.24% for credit card charges). US-issued credit cards and travellers cheques are not accepted in Cuba.
Climate: Temperatures oscillates around 24° C to 26° C on the coastline and is a little bit warmer inland in the plains.
Electricity: 110V or 220V (converters required) depending on hotel.
Canadian citizens require a valid passport to enter Cuba. All other nationalities please consult a vacation specialist or the Cuban Consulate at (416)234-8181 or the Cuban Tourist Board at (416) 362-0700.
Cuba tourist cards are supplied & validated with vacation packages. Some restrictions apply to tourists 18 years & under, when travelling without parents.Note:
Some hotels require credit card imprint upon check-in for any incidental charges. Hotel check-in is typically between 3pm and 4pm. If your flight arrives early, it is a good idea to pack essential items in your carry-on luggage (i.e. bathing suit, suntan lotion, medications, etc.), so you do not miss any valuable vacation time.
IMPORTANT:Each travelling passenger is responsible to pay a local departure tax in Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC). This fee is payable in cash at the airport in destination prior to boarding your flight, in the amount of CUC$25 (subject to change).