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Trinidad's laid-back vibes will soothe your soul—where to eat & what to do in Cuba's coolest town

Trinidad is one of Cuba’s best-preserved colonial towns. This UNESCO Wold heritage mirrors Havana with its bright vintage cars and cobbled streets, yet it has a much more free and easy feel.

Surrounded by sugar plantations on one side and the calm turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea on the other, it has the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation. Once you let yourself succumb to the rhythm of this picturesque town you’ll never want to leave.

I fast became addicted to the Caribbean after this trip, seeking out incredible beaches in Barbados and lobster lunches in the Dominican Republic soon after.  

colourful houses in trinidad cuba with green Cerro de la Vigía hill in background
The deserted streets of Trinidad on a hot afternoon

What is there to do in Trinidad?

I took time to stroll around town, visiting and photographing the gorgeous pastel coloured colonial buildings of Sanchez Iznaga Mansion and Palacio Brunet, both sitting in the main square, Plaza Mayor. You can't really get lost in Trinidad, it's pretty small and people will happily point you in the right direction. 

Nearby beach Playa Ancon, just 12kms from Trinidad is often described as the most beautiful beach on the south coast of Cuba and I have to agree. There's not a lot to do but swim and read but if you’re feeling adventurous hire a bicycle in Trinidad and cycle over in the morning before it gets too hot, after the rickety ride, the sea look even more inviting and shacks along the beachfront make wickedly strong rum cocktails, all that's left to do is find the best sunbathing spot and spend the day in paradise. 

white sand and blue sea at playa ancon beach in cuba
Playa Ancon

Where to eat and drink in Trinidad

When you eventually make it back to town, (the bicycle journey home can be a real killer after a day of sun and rum) head over to Vista Gourmet or Guitarra Mia, an under the radar restaurant with a musical theme. There’s often live music at both and the fish dishes are brilliant value for dinner. At Vista Gourmet make sure you get a table on the terrace for spectacular evening views as the sun sets. 

round ceramic cup filled with ice and drink at la canchanchara in trinidad
Trinidad's specialty cocktail La Canchanchara

If you’re still after a little bit more exercise take a hike up Cerro de la Vigía hill, you’ll be able to see it from anywhere in town, as the top is marked out by a radio transmitter. From the top you get 360 degree sweeping panoramic views of the valleys surrounding Trinidad. Once back in town, reward yourself with La Canchanchara, a specialty cocktail made with rum, honey, lime and ice served in a small terracotta cup, go to Taberna la Canchánchara for the real deal.

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