“If everyone who had a gun just shot themselves, there wouldn't be a problem.”
George Harrison

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"Manzanillo is a fishing village overlooking a beautiful sea. Its light,
with its contrasting greens and
yellows, has influenced me a lot.
God has created a brilliant, intense light in Manzanillo,
a light that doesn't disappear even in the shadows." - Ruben Beltran, local painter

On the seaside Malecon at the El Golfo restaurant, a group celebrates a wedding — as seen from the pier © sogestour
[ One of four lifesize sculptures of women — works of artist Wilfredo Milanes — along the Malecon on the Gulf of Guacanayabo © sogestour
Founded on July 11 1792, Manzanillo is in Granma province in the Oriente. Known as the Perla del Guacanayabo (the gulf it sits by), it was named after a strange tree (Hippomane mancinella lin) or manzanillo which is poisonous. The aboriginals used it to make deadly arrows.

The town is considered the birthplace of Son (
Cuña del Son), Cuba's favorite song style. It also became famous for its mechanical organs imported first from Paris, then built here by the Fornaris and Borbolla families who went on travelling shows with their huge organs in the back of a rickety viejo camion.

During the 1980's, before Buena Vista Social Club, the town was at the origin of a new beginning in Cuban music. The danzon orchestra,
La Original de Manzanillo, Carlos Puebla, composer of "Comandante" the song about Che Guevara as well as singer Cándido Fabré, reputed for his improvs are today its most famous sons.

Citizens meet on sunday afternoons for concerts around the central park's
glorieta (gazebo), inspired by the one in the Los Leones park of Granada, España.

Only 9 miles south of town is one of the loveliest, entrancing spots in Cuba : La Demajagua. By all means (bike is nice), go and enjoy the calm and serenity of this most peaceful historic location.

Another way this town is unique : at the main church entrance in February 2013, a sign with a picture of a condom saying : "SAFE SEX Get married and be faithful". You won't see this in the Vatican any time soon ; )

Map - Large and detailed, of the province
Map - Architecture & Landscape Guide : 17 places
Map of Granma province
Rising and downward tides - Golfo Guacanayabo
Coast map, south of the city
Bus Bayamo Ruta 16 + Ruta 24 + Ruta 25 + Ruta 26
Viazul - bus connections (horariodebuses.com/cu)
Train schedule Bayamo - Manzanillo
5-day weather forecast (Wunderground)
Daily currency exchange rates
All that's natural in Granma province
Crazy guy on a bike from Manzanillo to Santiago
Collection of loverly pix from RobinThom
EcuRed page on the town

All the Web particuba.net
Bartolomé Maso, 34
Bayamo, 63
Camaguey, 271
Grito de Yara, 22
Holguin, 131

La Demajagua, 15
La Habana, 778
Las Coloradas, 92
Marea del Portillo, 91

Media Luna, 50
Parque Turquino, 56
Parque del Desembarco, 86
Pilon, 91
Santa Clara, 540
Santiago, 190

Mi Calle (Ma rue) • Ruben Beltran, peintre
Mi Calle • Beltran

prov map granma

POPULATION 131,707 (2007)

1800, Cayo Confite, El Golfo, El Manegua, Hotel Guacanayabo, Las Alinas PALADARES Rancho Luna on calle Juan Miguel Gomez, 50 m from centra park; Merci y Marcel Paladar las Rocas (Martires de Vietnam 68, e/Caridad y Gal Benitez, cell (5) 815-1851 Hosts offer meals with a view in their home, near casa Adrian y Tonia, prices from 8 to 10 cuc)

Since July 2015, wifi for 1cuc/hour is available on the Bulevar (pedestrian street) with purchase of a Nauta temporary wifi account for your smartphone or tablet from the same address as regular Internet (desktop computers) 8h30-19h30 daily : Centro Multiservicios (Dr. Codina, corner José Miguel Gómez) WIFI ZONES : El Bulevar (pedestrian street) + Parque Cespedes + Malecon (seaside walk) + Parque ICP + Parque Valle Espin + Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina + Terminal de Cruceros 

Aeropuerto Sierra Maestra (8km south) tel. (23) 54-984 Banco de Credito, corner Merchan & Saco (mon-fri, 8h-15, sat 8h-12) Cubana, calle Maceo 70 tel. (23) 28-00 Havanautos 5-20-56 Omnibus terminal for Astro (no Viazul here), 2 km East tel. 5-22-21, daily departures (among others) for Pilon and Grito de Yara Train station is at the end of Merchan street 5-35-88. We tried it in Feb. 2013, the train was delayed 3 hours (Cubans were screaming insults at the Station Chief — a first in Cuba !); so we went in a horse-driven cart to the Astro terminal where we caught a 15-cuc cab back to Bayamo

Bar Brisas del Mar, Baseball : Estadio Wilfredo Pages, Cabaret Costa Azul, Cabaret Salon Rojo, Casa de la Trova, Cine Popular

Bus Astro reserved for Cubans - at the local terminal, easily find a shared cab to Bartolomé Maso and Bayamo, payable (with luck) in Cuban pesos) Trains Bayamo (2 x day if at all), Jiguani, Santiago de Cuba

::: UNEAC, casa Manuel Navarro Luna, centre for the promotion of literature, site of all cultural activities under the guise of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba
::: Teatro Manzanillo, built in 1856 (the opening play was titled "The Art of Making a Fortune"), re-opened in 2002, one of the jewels of Cuban Theatre Architecture
::: Iglesia Parroquial La Purísima Concepción, with its neo-classical architecture of the 20's and a modern man in charge : see sign at entrance
::: Plaza Celia Sanchez Manduley, a monumental work used for large gatherings and celebrations, on avenida Camilo Cienfuegos
::: Museo Historico Municipal, calle Marti 226, artefacts from the 16th century and the modern Revolucion
::: Parque Cespédes, the heart of the ciudad with a bust of Marti, the famous moor-inspired glorieta (concerts on weekends), the park bench with life-size Carlos (Comandante Che Guevara, the song) Puebla; on the roof of nearby pink edificio, weekend reggaeton music which never seems to shut up
::: Asamblea Municipal del Poder Popular, where public meetings have been taking place since 1820; site of the nomination of Celia Sanchez to the National Assembly
::: Studio of Ruben Beltran, the home of the talented local painter; works can be seen on a web site here
::: Proyecto Recreativo, along the sea on the Malecon : music DJ huts, fast food joints and the ever-present music (seductive sometimes, such as here) until the wee hours
::: Hotel Guacanayabo, a large, nondescript empty hotel with an inviting swimming pool where you can dip in and enjoy (if you "consume", it may be free); get there and back on a rented bike

Bartolomé Maso a sugar-mill (still in operation) town between here and Bayamo with a deserted hotel named Balcon de la Sierra, the perfect stopover for a dip in its swimming pool with no-less fabulous views of the valley below and the Sierra Maestra mountains on the horizon, 24 km away.

Media Luna for birthplace and museum of Celia Sanchez, muse and companion of Fidel until her death in 1980 Grito de Yara, tiny placename, unforgotten and significant : where the first aboriginal rebellion took place, led by Hatuey Museo Historico La Demajagua (13 km south) : rich landowner Carlos Manuel de Cespedes liberated his slaves and declared war on the Spanish colony Bartolomé Maso for the view of the valley below from hotel Balcon de la Sierra, perfect stopover on way to Sierra Maestra, 24 km further Santo Domingo for a stay in casa particular Ulice y Esperanza or in its cabinas (Villa Santo Domingo) by the river before heading up to Sierra Maestra : trekking to La Comandancia de la Plata and Alto de Naranjo in Parque Turquino with (why not?) camping near its peak (pico) at an altitude of 2 000 meters. Our page here.
This guard dog is never far from his master, a kind abuela living on Caridad streetThis guard dog is never far from his master, a kind abuela living on Caridad street, the staircase passing by Adrian y Tonia's © sogestour
Barcas painting by Beltran
Barcas in the Golfo de Guacanayabo and •|Casa de Campo, paintings by local artist Ruben Beltrán
Edificio de Correos with a fresh coat of pink paint
Edificio de Correos cum "chopping" mall with a fresh coat of pink paint in March 2013 © sogestour •|• One of four sculptures of reclining women on the Malecon by artist Wilfredo Milanes © sogestour
Group of ciudadanos celebrating on the Malecon
Group of ciudadanos celebrating on the Malecon on a warm Saturday afternoon © sogestour
"SAFE SEX Get married and be faithful"
At the entrance of the "Purest Conception" church on the main square, this sign says "SAFE SEX Get married and be faithful". A symbol of change, who knows ? © sogestour |Recently open, paladar (private restaurant) Rancho Luna offers passable edibles for reasonable prices © sogestour
le restaurant El Golfo, offre plus en vue de la mer
Located on the gulf side, Restaurante El Golfo boasts a better view than a good menu or service ... but it's in pesos cubanos, so shut up and eat © sogestour
 ces deux vaillants pescadores devront prendre leur malLike two pelicans, these two ingenious pescadores will have to show lots of patience. How did they ever get up there, anyway ? © sogestour
mino pour trouver une mine d'or : ils sont juste devant
They may not find gold at the end of their game of dominoes : La Mina de Oro is life, here and now © sogestour

As far as Purisima Concepcion, there may be scientific doubts. But for its nocturnal beauty, for sure this church rocks © sogestour

You will find this spot 110 k's south in Marea del Portillo; it has its own black sand beach and an all you can eat buffet ; ) It's called Farallon del Caribe and its packaged clients use the Manzanillo airport — named Sierra Maestra. Many get there from Trana, Muntreeyall and points in between © sogestour

Les bus Viazul passent par Bayamo six fois par jour
Viazul bus routes closest to Manzanillo pass through Bayamo 6 times a day going to or from La Habana, Varadero, Trinidad and Santiago among others.

Parque nacional Desembarco del Granma, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
The site of Granma (the boat) landing on December 2, 1956 with Fidel and his 81 companions packed onboard is on the coast at Las Coloradas 86 km south of Manzanillo. The Parque nacional Desembarco del Granma, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with marine terraces, spectacular cliffs from Cabo (Cape) Cruz as well as caves and unique flora spreads over 27,545 hectares. Some full-day excursions are available from local tour agencies.
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Indep apartment upstairs, kitchenette, terrace
Martires de Viet-Nam (Del Angel) 49, esquina (corner) Caridadpedestrian staircase street one minute from central park. Tél. (23) 57-3028 cel. 52 90 96 01


Three ac br's, one on roof with terrace
Leon 256, e/ San Salvador y Concordia, three blocks from Parque Cespédes. Tel. (23) 47-0066

Upstairs, two ac br's, ensuites, roof terrace

Martires de Viet-Nam (Del Angel) 68, entre Caridad (pedestrian street staircase) y General Benites (de la Amargura). Cell. 58 15 18 51

Large aircon roof bedroom, ensuite, terrace

José Miguel Gomez (La Iglesia) 347, esquina (corner) Leon, two blocks from Parque Central. Tél. (23) 57-239 cell 52 68 85 94

Ground floor bedrooms with ensuites

Pedro Figueredo (de la Sierra) 121, e/Luz y Caballero (De Vives) y Martires de Viet-Nam (Del Angel). Tél. (23) 57-2127

Ground floor ac br ensuite, roof terrace
Maceo (Salas) 189, e/Sol y Loma, three blocks up from Parque Central. Tél. (23) 57-2628 cel. 52 46 61 51

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Upstairs, three ac br's, ensuites, roof terrace
Calle Merchan #1, e/Salud y Jesus Menendez, five blocks from Malecon and wifi zone. Tél. (23) 57-3934 cel. 53 29 71 27

Two ac br's, ensuites, patio
Ravena 172, e/Maceo y Masó (Isabel Segunda) Tél. (23) 57-2738 cell 52 91 78 08

Ref. by Wibo Mans, Netherlands 040408
Ground floor bedroom with ensuite

Pedro Figueredo (de la Sierra) 105, e/Martires de Viet-Nam (Del Angel) y Marti. Tél. (23) 57-2522

The couple rents one aircon bedroom with ensuite bath. Nice recently-redone terrace.

Colonial, one ac bedroom, ensuite, terrace
Martires de Viet-Nam 182, e/ Pedro Figueredo y Maso, one block from Parque Cespédes. Tel. (23) 57-2582 cel. 54 67 82 13


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