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The name means pine buff by the river. Rio Guama, that is. Founded in 1774, its layout is somewhat confusing to first-time visitors.

The town, gateway of the famous
Vuelta Abajo, the large tobacco region of Cuba, has more trees than the average large Cuban city. Its colonial and neo-classical buildings are still standing and kept in shape.

With its university and hospitals, it is the
bustling centre of the west of the country (Occidente or Oeste) and the capital of its cigar industry.

Nearby, the old
Hacienda Cortina is now a national park (La Guira) with some lovely sculptures still remaining amongst the ruins of what was a huge farm owned by José Manuel Cortina García (1880-1970), once manager of three sugar mills and longtime politician under three presidents : Zayas, Gomez and Batista.

An able public speaker, Garcia wrote a law protecting workers and was the first international promoter of the Cuban cigar industry.

DISTANCES
Cabo de San Antonio, 197 (western tip of Cuba)
Cayo Levisa, 75 (boat from Palma Rubia)
Cayo Jutias, 90
Isabel Rubio, 65
La Fe, 95 (Guanahacabibes)
La Habana, 141
Las Terrazas, 90
Maria La Gorda, 152
Palma Rubia, 75
Parque La Guira, 44
San Diego de Los Baños, 21
San Juan y Martinez, 22
Sandino, 86
Soroa, 100
Viñales, 27

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MAPS & LINKS
Map - City with casas
Map - Gulf of Guanahacabibes
Map - The province, north and south
Map - Parque Nacional Guanahacabibes
Map - Detailed to Soroa
Train schedule (4 weekly) #39, #21
Viazul Bus Sked (from La Habana, twice daily)
Island-wide bus skeds (horariodebuses.com/)
Daily currency exchange rates.
Our page on Pinar del Rio Province
Pictures of Parque La Guira (Hacienda Cortina)

POPULATION 191,577 (2007) in township (Municipio)

SEE.KNOW.DO
Catedral de San Rosendo
• Cueva de Los Portales
• Fabrica de Bebidas Casa Garay
• Fábrica de Tabacos Francisco Donatién
• Museo de Ciencias Naturales Sandalio de Noda, located in the Palacio Guash
• Museo Provincial de Historia
• Teatro José Jacinto Milanés - one of the oldest in Latin America, built in 1839 in neoclassic style, renovated and reopened in December 2006; 540 seats, café for 120 spectators, patio : a must-see
• Jardin Botanico (65 acres), the west's largest botanical gardens

PALADARES
Casa Don Miguel, El Méson (best in town : 4 tables, full meals 5-6cuc), Nuestra Casa, Rodrigo

RESTAURANTS
La Casona, La Taberna, Mar Init, Rumayor

PLAYAS
Bailén (44 km, not worth it), Boca de Galafre (39), Las Tumbas (196), Maria La Gorda (141)

SERVICES
Internet service Daily from 8h30 to 19h30 at Gerardo Medina corner of Juan Gualberto Gómeztecsa, Radio Guama 1080AM, 90,2FM, Rumbos 48 51-33, Car rentals Havanautos 48 77-4989, Transtur 48 77-8278

EVENINGS
Baseball : Estadio Capitán San Luis (2010-2011 schedule here), Cabaret El Patio, Casa de la Musica, Cine Praga, Disco Azul, Rumayor, Teatro Lirico Ernesto Lecuona

TRANSPORTATION
Bus Viazul : see link above or below. Tel. (48) 75-0877 or 2571 Terminal is located at Juan Gualberto Gómez No. 14 ::: Trains from La Habana (see link above) "El Lechero" (the Milk Run #225) leaves La Habana at 22h05 every 2nd day arriving here at 03h50; returns (#224) leaves here at 09h45 arriving Havana at 15h30 ::: Local bus to Viñales (4x day)


Twice per day, a Viazul bus goes to and from Havana to Viñales stopping in Pinar del Rio. Call it Ruta 10 (Roota Diez) — Click for sked, Fred.


Map of province, north and south coasts - Enlarge
Map of province, north and south coasts - Enlarge | Corner Marti and Isabel Rubio, what used to be Hotel El Globo © sogestour

Parque Gerardo Medina © sogestour
Parque Gerardo Medina in town © sogestour |About 40k away, Hacienda Cortina turned into Parque La Guira, spreading over 22,000 hectares

Cayo Levisa •|• Guahanacabibes © hicuba.com
Cayo Levisa, tiny one-hotel & lovely-beached island (key) off the coast at Palma Rubia, 75 km away | Guahanacabibes, the island's extreme west (95 km away) includes Maria La Gorda, scuba diving resort © partwish, picasa

Weather on the island (Google) : click to enlarge, then click town to see 5-day forecasts © google
Located between the towns of San Juan y Martinez and San Luis,
Finca El Pinar is a must-see : largest tobacco plantation in Cuba. Open 9-17h, Tel. (87) 97 470 © pascalejeanpaul

Cuban Afternoon © rob oneal, trekearth
Atardecer (sunset) in reparto Jacinto © unk | Casa Marti 51 on corner Isabel Rubio (the whole upper floor) © peacefrog

Rococo-style Palacio Guash
Rococo-style
Palacio Guash, site of Museo de Ciencias © cubarte | Teatro Milanes, renovated and reopened in December 2006 © cubarte


Redone in 08
Hotel Vuelta Abajo, with 39 rooms is the town's best hotel choice (52-72CUC) according to Frommer's © Frank987ss, panoramio.com

EXCURSIONS
Finca El Pinar of world-famous tobacco grower Alejandro Robaina and family since 1845. In San Luis, 12 km west and then 2 km south of highway. Just ask the way. 5cuc 40-min. tour. (48) 79-7470; Mon–Sat. 10 am–5 pm) Parque Nacional La Guira (54,000 acres of wilderness, heaven for bird watchers) Peninsula Guanahacabibes (6 syllables, 294,000 acres, Tel. 48 77-2232) our page here Reserva de la Biosfera Sierra del Rosario (65,942 acres, Las Terrazas, Tel. 48 77-8726) Cayo Levisa (key off Palma Rubia : scuba and sun) Maria La Gorda (152km west of here, scuba, 30 sites, expensive, tel. 48 77-1316) See map here La Coloma (before Playa Bailen), fishing town on way to the San Felipe cayos : "adventure tours" through local Ecotur agency Cabo de San Antonio : its wooden villas (75$ per night, double), marina, lighthouse, all in a Biosphere Reserve at the extreme west end of Cuba, some 200 km from here. Site
PINAR DEL RIO VENUES : CINÉMA, THEATRE, MUSICALS & VARIETY SHOWS
Teatro José Jacinto Milanés (540 seats) Theatre, dance, national and international group concerts Martí 60 e/Recreo y Colón
Ciné Teatro Pedro Saidén (1900 seats) Cinema, music, dance, theater and circus shows Martí # e/Cuarteles y San Juan
Café Teatro La Piscuala (120 seats) Trova, theater, poetry, bolero Martí 60 e/ Recreo y Colón
Teatro La Barraca Smal theater troups, plays and lectures both national and international Moncada 2 e/ Rafael Morales-Antonio Tarafa
Cine Teatro La Edad de Oro (120 seats) Small theater works, film showings for kids and teenagers Calle Labra, corner Colón
Teatro Lírico Ernesto Lecuona (80 seats) Operas, operettas, zarzuelas, musical comedies - Provincial music academy Maceo 163, corner Abraham Pérez
Teatro Pionero Childrens' theatre Retiro 111, entre Rosario y Polvorín
Casa de la Musica Singer musicians doing their show Gerardo Medina Norte 31
Casa de la Trova Trovadores ("folk singers") doing their thing Calle Retiro y Caviades
Consejo Provincial de las Artes Escénicas Stage arts and show management Maceo 20, Tel. (48) 77-6768
Teatro José Jacinto Milanés
Closed for another 16 years, it finally reopened for good on December 27 2006.

Teatro José Jacinto Milanés —the town's grand cultural venue.

Dating from 1838 when it was built mainly in wood for plays and ballet, its interiors were decorated by Mexican artist Rodriguez de la Barca.

Closed between 1967 and 1975, it was then reopened with the presentation of Lecuona's zarzuela " The Coffee Plantation ".
Teatro José Jacinto Milanés It features three venues : the main 540-seat hall, a Sevillan-type patio and a cafe-concert room with 120 chairs, known as La Piscuala.
HEED THE HINTS IN THIS FINE PRINT
::: Make sure that in your first email or phone call you specify that you want to book a room in that particular casa and that you will reconfirm your booking on arrival in Cuba. Unless you only want a room in any house which may be of the same quality, not the specific casa you booked through photos on these websites ::: So as to not abandon expecting owners with empty rooms, reconfirm (or call ahead to cancel) your booking by phone as soon as you can after arriving in Cuba ::: Please write or phone a casa owner to cancel a booking. As late as it may seem, it allows them a chance to rebook. ::: Children under the age of 16 may share a bedroom with adults for free. Specify the child's age when booking. ::: Since October 2010, maximum bedroom capacity is not limited to two adults ::: Also, large casas are not limited to renting only two bedrooms per night. ::: At the end of the casa name, the V signals the casa was suggested by travelers or owners but not verified by the website staff. If you try it and like it, write us about it. ::: Unless otherwise mentioned, the average room rates and service prices are : 20-25cuc per bedroom per night [up to 40+ for 4 in a room]; breakfasts 3-5cuc, dinners 7-10cuc. ::: Note : monthly taxes have increased 15-50% for owners; this may be reflected on the aforementioned rates. ::: Any casa particular anywhere in Cuba must have a hot water shower, otherwise it cannot have a permit to rent ::: Please share your Complaints, comments & suggestions webmaster [@]cubacasas.net


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BOOK BY PHONE
• From Canada and the USA : 011 53 (add phone # preceded by the town's area code, 48) • From Europe, Great Britain, Scandinavia and Mexico : 00 53 (add phone # preceded by the town's area code, 48) ••• HOW TO DIAL A CUBAN PHONE NUMBER HERE ••• CELL PHONE NUMBERS on our town lists and casa pages are preceded by 05 for calls originating Havana; from anywhere else in Cuba, dial 015 + the 7 digits of the cell.

BOOK BY EMAIL :
Click on logo to open a message addressed to that casa in your email application; or right-click to copy address. Spanish vocabulary here.

Click photos to see each casa's page and description. Locate casas on this map.
See most casas in sequence
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by clicking this logo.

POPIRO
Calle Gerardo Medina 67, e/ Retiro (Isidro de Armas) y Isabel la Catolica (Adela Azcuy), true center of town. Tel. (48) 75-3173

Casa Coionial Popiro © sogestour


MERY
Calle Martí 51 (upstairs), e/Colon and corner of Isabel Rubio, downtown on main street corner. Tel. (48) 75-2264

MARTI 51 - CASA MERY © sogestour

RENÉ
Calle Union # 13, (altos, upstairs) entre Capitan San Luis y Marina Azcuy, on top of map, one block from the beisbol stadium. Tel. (48) 75-75-15

René Gonzales © sogestour

HANDY
Calle Máximo Gómez 169A entre Comandante Pinares y Ciprian Valdez, facing the bishopry (the obispado). Tel. (48) 75-1308

HANDY SANTALLA y FAMILIA

REINALDO
Calle Máximo Gómez 180 entre Rafael Ferro y Comandante Pinares, 2 mins from main street and 3 mins. from the bus terminal. Tel. (48) 77-9804

Casa Reinaldo Camejo © sogestour

SERVILIO V
Ave. Comandante Pinares no. 157 entre Roldán y Emilio Nuñes Tel. (48) 75-23-09 @

 SERVILIO AFRE © sogestour


MANUELA V
Garmendia #10 entre Antonio Guiteras y Dalia (Volcan), near Fabrica de Tabacos Francisco Donatien. Tél. (48) 77-3274

VILLA MANUELA

VILLA MARITZA V
Km 4 1/2 Carretera a Vinales (Some 4.5 km from Pinar del Rio, on road to Viñales) Tel (48) 76-2301

VILLA MARITZA MOREJON MIRANDA


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Updated 07.03.2014