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A trip to the city of Pinar del Rio feels like a step back in time: horse-drawn surreys and pedal taxis are at home alongside automobiles, and the pace of life is slow and relaxed. Known as the tobacco city of Cuba, it’s also the capital of Pinar del Rio province, covering the westernmost tip of the country—a region known for producing the world’s finest tobacco. Cuba’s traditions matter here, and you’re encouraged to immerse yourself in them. There are opportunities to watch cigars being hand-rolled, or to learn about Pinar del Rio’s distinctive guava brandy.

Things to see in Pinar del Rio

Given Pinar del Rio’s reputation for producing some of the country’s finest cigars, a guided tour at the Fábrica de Tabacos Francisco Donatien can’t be missed. Housed in a former city jail, it provides an intimate and illuminating look at Cuba’s cigar production. The history of both the city and province of Pinar del Rio is told at the Museo Provincial de Historia, ranging from pre-Columbian splendor through revolutions to the present day. Thanks to this long history, the city’s streets are rich with architectural interest. One stand-out building is the Museo de Ciencias Naturales Sandalio de Noda, which dates back to 1909 and melds several architecture styles. Another is the Teatro José Jacinto Milanés, one of Cuba’s oldest theaters, built in a Neo-Classical style that dates to 1845. Cabaret Rumayor is a popular dance spot, famed for its open-air stage and occasional performances by popular Cuban salsa groups.

Hotels in Pinar del Rio

Pinar del Rio hotels tend to fall on the more modest side, ranging from simple, no-frills rooms to more traditional hotels with basic amenities. The colonial-style hotels in Pinar del Rio are both charming and traditional, reminiscent of Cuba in days gone by. As well as the usual, standard facilities,you can expect to find large, old-fashioned shutters that open out onto the street, a bar, and a simple restaurant.

Where to stay in Pinar del Rio

With most Pinar del Rio hotels and B&Bs located along a stretch of the autopista in the downtown area, this central location is a popular place to stay. If you’re coming or going by the Viazul bus, the small hotels and B&Bs around the Terminal de Omnibus (bus terminal) make this a convenient neighborhood. Staying in the downtown area also provides easy access to the city’s cultural highlights like Fábrica de Tabacos Francisco Donatien or Fábrica de Bebidas Casa Garay, as well as to its multitude of dining and entertainment opportunities.

How to get to Pinar del Rio

To travel to Pinar del Rio from Havana or José Martí International Airport, your best bets are renting a car, hiring a taxi, or taking the Viazul Bus (a 2- to 3-hour ride). The bus runs twice a day between Havana and Viñales, stopping in Pinar del Rio along the way. There’s also a slow overnight train from Havana which arrives very early in the morning on alternate days. The city center itself is pedestrian-friendly and you can rent a moped or hop into a horse carriage or pedal taxi to reach places that are slightly farther away.