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Best hotels in Camaguey

Historic Camaguey is defined by villains and heroes: founded in defiance of the pirates that plagued it, the city is famed throughout Cuba as the birthplace of Ignacio Agramonte, the nation’s 19th-century revolutionary. It’s also known for its many beautiful churches and tranquil plazas—and for its often confusing street plan. Five centuries of haphazard development, starting from its 7 scattered founding villas, have gifted the city with a tangle of alleys and avenues that frustrate mapmakers to this day. You can wander through the alleyways of Camaguey, exploring its charm, which may lead to accidental discoveries and touching encounters, revealing Cuba at its most genuine.

Things to see in Camaguey



Camaguey’s maze of winding streets offers visitors a fascinating insight into local culture, most notably with its tinajones. You can find these giant clay urns, once used for collecting rainwater, on every street corner here in “the City of the Tinajones.” Camaguey also has a wealth of churches (many call it Cuba’s Catholic soul), including the Neo-Gothic splendor of the Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus. Built in 1755, it’s famed for beautiful frescoes, carved wooden ceilings, and soaring spires. Much of Camaguey’s old town displays similar beauty and it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The jewel in the crown is the Plaza San Juan de Dios, a wide plaza lined with dazzling colorful Cuban colonial architecture. As well as architecture and history, Camaguey boasts the largest city park in Cuba—the Casino Campestre. This lush green expanse is a popular spot where locals enjoy walking and relaxing.

Hotels in Camaguey



Sophisticated, historical, and full of charm, Camaguey has long drawn in curious visitors. As a reflection of its popularity, Cuba’s 3rd-largest city has accommodation options right across the spectrum. You’ll find that the luxury hotels in Camaguey offer a level of service befitting the city’s reputation for colonial elegance. Many of the boutique hotels are housed in grand Baroque townhouses, complete with balconies and decadent décor. Great Camaguey hotel deals can often be found in the numerous smaller hotels scattered around the town—a wonderful way to enjoy the warmth of Cuban hospitality without breaking the bank.

Where to stay in Camaguey



Inevitably, visitors searching for hotels in Camaguey zero in on the many establishments found in the historic city center. These offer great access to the city’s amenities, as well as its many excellent restaurants. Further north, toward the suburb of Florat, you’ll find plenty of budget hotels offering more affordable Camaguey hotel rates. The city center is still easily walkable from here. The best bargains, though, are to be found in further out El Retiro, which lies conveniently close to the railroad. From here you can either catch a bus into town, or head out to the surrounding countryside.

How to get to Camaguey



As one of Cuba’s largest cities, travel to Camaguey is fairly simple. Ignacio Agramonte Airport is just outside the city limits, and international charters and domestic flights from Havana fly into here. Camaguey also lies on the Havana to Santiago train line, taking about 10 hours to reach from the capital. If you’re traveling here from Trinidad or Santa Clara, the Viazul bus service offers an inexpensive transfer (although it takes 5 hours or more). Once you’ve arrived, Camaguey is easy to walk around, but there are also plenty of cycle-taxis to speed you on your way.