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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.
Boca de Galafre, 36
Cayo Jutias, 73
Cienfuegos, 395
Isabel Rubio, 64
La Habana, 185
Las Terrazas, 108
Maria La Gorda, 146
Matanzas, 268
Palma Rubia, 85 (Levisa)
Parque La Guira, 48
San Diego de Los Baños, 55
San Juan y Martinez, 19
Soroa, 86
Viñales, 29

Guanahacabibes [page]
Cabo San Antonio, 187
La Bajada, 132
La Fe, 89
Las Tumbas, 196
Maria La Gorda, 146
Sandino, 80

Che natural by local artist Dausell Valdés
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Map - City with casas
List of wi-fi spots in province and in Cuba
Map - Tourist spots in the North of the province
Map - Gulf of Guanahacabibes
Map - The whole province, North and South
Hardest road in the West : Santa Lucia to Guane
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)

All the Web particuba.net

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

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

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

La Casona, La Taberna, Mar Init, Rumayor

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

Since July 2015, wifi for 1€/$US/hour is available at Parque 10 de Octubre-ARTEX + Parque Briones Montoto + Parque Capo + Parque Celso Maragoto + Parque Colon + Parque Ferrocarriles + Parque Hospital Pediátrico + Parque Independencia + Parque de la Audiencia + Parque La Conchita + Parque Las Ovas + Parque Martí + Parque Montequín + Parque Pedagogico + Parque Roberto Amarán + Parque San Luis + Paseo Calle Martí + Centro Comercial Alameda + CIMEX La Cristal + Centro Recreativo Super Gol + Centro Recreativo Criollo + Cabaret Restaurante Rumayor with purchase of a Nauta temporary WIFI_Etecsa account for visitors' smartphone or tablet from the same address as regular Internet service daily 8h30-19h30 at Etecsa-Nauta main office on Gerardo Medina corner of Juan Gualberto Gómez; Cubans can purchase a permanent wi-fi connection account for their Nauta cell; Radio Guama 1080AM, 90,2FM, Rumbos 48 51-33, Car rentals Havanautos 48 77-4989, Transtur 48 77-8278

According to Cigar Aficionado's annual rankings : Cuba's Ramon Allones Specially Selected is rated number 2 [€18,6 per cigar], Bolivar Belicoso Fino number 9 [€21] and the Trinidad Vigia, rated number 14 [€21] are the top three Cuban cigars; Nicaragua seems to have taken over the rankings...

Baseball : Estadio Capitán San Luis, Cabaret El Patio, Casa de la Musica, Cine Praga, Disco Azul, Rumayor, Teatro Lirico Ernesto Lecuona

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.

Museo de Historia Natural “Tranquilino Sandalio de Noda”
A dinosaur relaxes on the patio of Museo de Historia Natural Tranquilino Sandalio de Noda in town. Other photos here.

Celia Cruz [1924-2003] sings
Me Voy a Pinar del Rio accompanied by her band La Sonora Matancera.

Parque del Bosque, green core of the city, planned in the 70's by architects Roges & Monteserin © unk, todoporpinar delrio.org | 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

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

After a year of hard work and
After a year of hard work and
the installation of 12,000 panels, the province produced (in May 2015) its first megawatt of solar energy, thereby avoiding the pollution from 1,200 tons of carbon dioxide © ain

The bueys are slow but the earth is patient
Near Pinar, one will find (with luck) a discreet and deserted coffee plantation named Antiguo Cafetal Angerona. On click - its fascinating history. © notesfromcamelids todo es posible, nada es seguro (everything is possible, nothing is certain).

 beach of Boca de Galafre
Located 17 km south of San Juan y Martinez (cigar capital of Cuba), the long and wide beach of Boca de Galafre and neighbour Playa Bailen) are the closest accessible stretch of sand deserted in winter. Some travelers will rent a "summer beach cottage" from locals to rough it "a lo Cubano". © radio guama

Every mornin', a Conectando Cuba bus leaves from most of La Habana hotels between 8h and 8h40, stops for snack and coffee 20 mins. at Las Barrigonas on the highway, gets in Pinar del Rio on calle Marti, corner Colon at 11h30 (return leaves at 15h40), then goes on to 4 hotels in Viñales between 12h30 and 13h10. Return trip leaves between 14h and 14h40. Rates from Havana : Pinar 11€/$US; Viñales 12€/$US. Click for full PDF.


You have to practice what you preach", famous words still ringing true today. The quote is from Isabel Rubio Diaz ("Captain of the West"), born on July 8, 1837, in Paso Real de Guane in Pinar del Río province. She was the mother of Colonel Modesto Gomez Rubio. From 1882 his home was a clandestine headquarters of the Cuban separatists aiming to get Cuba's sovereignty back. In Guane, Isabel set up blood clinics, one of which Maceo visited in January 1896, the day he was confirmed in his new post as captain. For 58 years, she ran a mobile clinic which had a 150-km itinerary in the province.

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
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
Dating from 1838 when it was built mainly in wood for plays and ballet ...

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

... its interiors were decorated by Mexican artist Rodriguez de la Barca. Shut down between 1967 and 1975, it was then reopened with the presentation of Lecuona's opereta (zarzuela) " The Coffee Plantation ".
Closed for another 16 years, it finally reopened for good on December 27 2006.
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.
::: Since January 2021, the CUC (Cuban Convertible) currency no longer is valid; all tourist services are payable only in foreign currency, cash or credit card. ::: Bring cash Euros or US dollar$, etc because Cuban banks and Foreign Exchange Bureaus (CADECA) will only exchange your currency (CAD, CHF, EUR, GBP, JPY, MXN, USD) for the local currency - the CUP (US$1 = 24 CUP) which might be useful for local stuff; get other details here. ::: Make sure that in your first email or phone call you specify that you want to book a room in that particular casa and that you will reconfirm your booking on arrival in Cuba::: So as to not abandon expecting owners with empty rooms, reconfirm (or call ahead to cancel) your booking by phone as soon as you can after arriving in Cuba ::: Please write or phone a casa owner to cancel a booking. As late as it may seem, it allows them a chance to rebook. ::: Children under the age of 16 may share a bedroom with adults for free. Specify the child's age when booking. ::: At the end of the casa name, the V signals the casa was suggested by travelers or owners but not verified by us in person. If you try it and like it, write us about it. ::: Unless otherwise mentioned, the average room rates and service prices are : 25-30
€/US$ per bedroom per night [up to 40€/US$+ for 4 in a room]; breakfasts 3-5€/US$, dinners 8-15€/US$. ::: 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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The Rough Guide to Cuba - Fiona McAuslan, Matthew Norman

Four aircon bedrooms, ensuites, patio, jacuzzi
Calle Gerardo Medina 67, e/ Retiro (Isidro de Armas) y Isabel la Catolica (Adela Azcuy), true center of town. Locate on this map. Tel. (48) 75-3173 cel 54 45 24 71

"Popiro" Casa Colonial © sogestour

Upstairs two ac bedrooms, ensuite bathrooms
Calle Union # 13, (altos, upstairs) entre Capitan San Luis y Marina Azcuy, on top of map, one block from the beisbol stadium. Locate on this map. Tel. (48) 75-7515

René Gonzales © sogestour
Two aircon bedrooms, ensuites, terrace
Calle Máximo Gómez 169A entre Comandante Pinares y Ciprian Valdez, facing the bishopry (the obispado). Locate on this map. Tel. (48) 75-1308

Upstairs two ac bedrooms, shared bath, ranchon
Garmendia 10 (altos, upstairs), entre Antonio Guiteras y Dalia (Volcan), near Fabrica de Tabacos Francisco Donatien. Locate on this map. Tél. (48) 77-3274

One indep aircon bedroom, ensuite
Calle Adela Azcuy #46, e Colon y Ciprian Valdes, facing the Viazul bus terminal. Locate on this map. Tel. (48) 77-4335 Cel. 52 74 72 48


One indep aircon bedroom, ensuite
Calle Maximo Gomez #161 e Raphael Ferro y Ciprian Valdes, one block from Teatro Milanès. Locate on this map. Tel. (48) 77-4335 Cel. 52 74 72 48



Footprint Handbook (FH), Frommer's Guide (FG), GéoGuide (GG), Lonely Planet (LP), Biblio Voyageur Gallimard (NG), Le Routard (LR), Moon Handbooks (MH), Petit Futé (PF) and web site Trip Advisor (TA)
::: FH
: Casa Colonial José Antonio Mesa (Una Casa Colonial), Villa Maury, Villa Manuela ::: FG : Casa Yusimy, El Gallardo ::: GG : Tebelio Robaina, Casa Colonial, Casa Magdalena ::: LP : Terra Mar 1910, Pension El Moro, Gladys Cruz Hernandez ::: LR : René y Carmen Gonzalez, Casa Gladys, Casa Colonial Rabanal ::: MH : Elena Rabelo, Aleida Cruz, René y Carmen Gonzalez, Villa Ana ::: NG : Villa Colonial Jose Antonio Mena (Una Casa Colonial) ::: PF : Casa Colonial (Aleida y José Antonio) ::: TA : Villa Manuela, Handy Santalla, La Nonna, B&B Hermes 01.03.18 GG+LR+PF+TA 260280



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Updated 08.06.2021