|TRINIDAD is a wonderful cobbled colonial town built on the foothills of the Escambray Mountains a few miles inland from the Caribbean Sea on the south coast of Cuba. The town was founded in 1515 by Diego Valazquez, one of the original Spanish settlers to arrive with Columbus. Trinidad grew fast due to the rapid growth of the sugar plantations in this area. During this period of growth there was an influx of French plantation owners. Trinidad’s winding cobbled streets contain old churches, museums and a good choice of restaurants and bars. There is a busy street market selling handmade souvenirs and some antiques. Often as you walk through the narrow back streets people will invite you into their houses for a local coffee or fresh fruit juice, and tour of their house. Some of these old houses are packed with antiques, most with an interesting story attached to them. The nightlife in Trinidad is good and offers a choice of reasonable restaurants (by Cuban standards), bars and music clubs, some playing excellent live music with well known Cuban bands. There is a night-club set in an enormous cave above the town near the Hotel Las Cuevas, which is very popular with both tourists and Cubans alike. Many Cubans will hitchhike for hours to reach it in the later part of each week. About five miles from Trinidad are Playa Costa Sur and Playa Ancon, both white sandy beaches with hotels of the same names. As this is the Caribbean coast of Cuba the sea is warm and clear, with coral reefs fairly close to the shore. The marina next to Hotel Ancon normally offers scuba diving, snorkeling fishing and daily boat trips to some of the local coral islands. There is no luxury accommodation available in Trinidad yet, so we have chosen what we believe to be the best at present.|
|HOTELS IN TRINIDAD|
|PLAYA COSTA SUR HOTEL (
) is about ten minutes drive from Trinidad close to a white sandy beach. The main hotel is basic and tends to cater for package holidays from Canada and Europe. Next to the hotel near the beach are ten villas each with two separate air-conditioned bedrooms with en-suite shower rooms, a small seating area and terrace, some looking straight onto the beach. Each villa bedroom also has a fridge and safe box. Between the villas and the beach is an open air Italian restaurant which offers a choice of pasta dishes, seafood and some meat dishes. The hotel has a second restaurant in the main hotel, which offers a basic buffet at breakfast, lunch and dinner, mainly catering for the package holidays. The hotel has a swimming pool with a bar, which on occasions plays rather loud music, however the beach tends to be fairly quiet. The swimming from the beach is shallow, but by wading out about one hundred meters you can snorkel around coral and rocks to see many types of fish. If you are lucky you may even see a lobster or two. The hotel also has a tennis court which is normally available to hotel guests by arrangement at reception.|
HOTEL LAS CUEVAS (The caves) (
) is on the hill behind Trinidad with views over the town towards the Caribbean and the sun sets to the west. The hotel is split into separate villas spread over the hillside around a central bar, restaurant and pool area. Most of the rooms are rather basic, however there are some ‘superior’ rooms, which are in a group of newer villas which are more comfortable and spacious. The advantage of staying in Las Cuevas is that the town is a short walk down a fairly steep hill. The hotel restaurant offers a basic menu, however there are a number of restaurants, both government and privately owned, within a short walk or drive from the hotel.
|HOUSES IN TRINDAD|
Private houses (casa particulares) are also very popular in Trindad. This involves staying in a private house where the family organise breakfast. This is a very good way to see Trinidad.