Pinar del Río Region

Pinar del Río is the westernmost province of the country and is today an outstanding tourist destination for all those in search of direct contact with nature on earth and in the sea.

This region of the country was named Pinar del Río on September 10th of 1867 by villagers living in the vicinity of the Guamá River and nowadays, the natural beauty of its matchless Valle de Viñales (Viñales Valley) and the Peninsula of Guanahacabibes stand out.

Divided into 11 municipalities, Pinar del Río is known for having a natural heritage very propitious for activities both aquatic and in the open air. This is how Pinar del Río and the municipality of Viñales form part of this natural treasure today.

In the menu on the right you can find extensive information on the most interesting tourist (or non tourist) locations and Cuban emblematic places. Everything you need to know about Cuba before and during your trip.

The best way to get here is overland. Through the Viazul buses you can get here comfortably for a cost of 11.00 cuc per person. You can also rent a car from anywhere in the country. Taking a taxi to gain access to this region may cost between 80-100 cuc from Havana.

Pinar del Río (Town)

Pinar del Rio ciudadThe city received its name at the request of its inhabitants and it was not until September of 1867 that the title of city was actually granted to Pinar del Rio.

Pinar is the current capital, located in the central-south part of the province north of Viñales. Famous for its cultural-historical legacy inherited over many generations and the Keys Levisa and Jutía.

As part of any cultural-historical heritage the following places stand out: Parque de la Independencia (Independence Park), where they planted, on January 1st, the “Palm of Liberty” in commemoration of the entry of the separatist troops into the city; the Palacio de Guasch (Guasch Palace), with a mixture of different architectural styles and today turned into the Museum of Natural History for the province; the José Jacinto Milanés Theater, former Lope de Vega Theater, where the biggest festivities in the city used to take place; The Casa del Ron (House of Rum), a modern construction of the 20th century where you can taste any of the prestigious brands of the famous Cuban rum; and the Francisco Donatien Cigar Factory, where the best-quality Cuban cigars are made. See location

Keys

A wide range of offers and opportunities for the enjoyment of visitors are located on the keys of Levisa and Jutía.

Key Levisa

Situated on the north coast of the region just 2 kilometers from coast. The only way to get there is by boat, with departures from Palma Rubia (La Palma municipality) for the price of 15.00 cuc. The north coast of the island has a beach of white fine sand as its the main attraction. An excellent place for practicing water sports and diving. A paradise where you can discover the beauties of underwater coral formations and a wide variety of fish and birds all size including pelicans. See location

Key Jutía

Cayo Jutias Pinar del RioIs one of the islands which make up the Archipelago of Los Colorados and the access to the key is via a stone road which connects the islet to solid ground making it easily accesible to visitors. This key is remarkable for the presence of beautiful beaches covered with fine sand and the wide variety of species of resident birdlife. Among the greatest attractions of this key is its lighthouse, one of the oldest in the country with a history of over a hundred years service to navigators. See location

Viñales Valley

Valle de Viñales CubaIt is situated in the Sierra de los Organos (mountain range), in the group of mountains known as Cordillera de Guaniguanico (mountain range). This valley and the mountains surrouding it was approved as a National Park in 1999 and in December of that same year UNESCO also declared it World Heritage site in the category of Cultural Landscape.

Famous for the Valle de Viñales, one of the most attractive areas in Cuba, which offers exceptional scenery characterized by its spectacular natural beauty and conservation of the environment.

Travelers arriving at the Valley can see “La Cueva del Indio” (The Indian’s Cave), a cavern which reaches lengths of 300 meters and is close to the Viñales Road which leads to San Cayetano. Two underground rivers flow from its interior; the Cuevas de Santo Tomás (Saint Thomas Caves) with incredible natural halls excellent for exploring, at a price of access of 5.00 CUC; the natural reserve of Parque Prehistórico (Prehistoric Park) with its outstanding Mural de la Prehistoria (Mural of Prehistory) painted on a “mogote” (a round-top hill) which shows the evolution of life in Cuba in its most natural sense; and the fabulous Mirador de los Jázmines (Jasmines Lookout).

You can make a tour on horseback around the Valley for the price of 5.00 cuc an hour and tours on foot with a guide at different prices depending on the places to be visited. Local taxis are available at the main square of Viñales for wider tours of the region for the price of 20-30 cuc.  

On the road to Puerto Esperanza and near José Martí Square in the center of the city is the El Palenque de los Cimarrones (a place where fugitive black slaves used to settle), an excellent place for relaxing and learning how the slaves once lived. If you want to listen to good music and relax, head to the Polo Montañéz Cultural Center - entrance price of 5.00 cuc.

For those who enjoy different species of plants, the Botanical Garden of Pinar del Río is remarkable for conserving the flora of the region with unique attractions from around the region. See location

Salto agua Soroa CubaAlso outstanding is the region of Soroa, a small complex with accommodation and several restaurants where the Soroa Orchid Garden, with over 700 species of orchids, is located. Here you can find several natural bathing pools fed by local rivers Bayate and Manantiales. These shallow crystal-clear waters are perfect for enjoying a nice swim, where the emblematic Salto de Soroa (the Soroa Falls) stand out. It is possible to book an excursion from any hotel in Havana or any tourist office for the price of 58 cuc. See location

Other attractions in the province are the Guanahacabibes Peninsula and its Maria la Gorda International Diving Center. See location

Guanahacabibes Peninsula

Located in the easternmost part of the province, in the municipality of Sandino, to the south of Pinar del Río. It has been considered a Reserve of the Biosphere since 1987 for having special characteristics of great social, economical and environmental importance. Most notably the National Park of Guanahacabibes and two natural reserves: Cabo Corrientes and El Viral. The María la Gorda International Diving Center is also located on this peninsula. The area includes a beach, complex of cabins with restaurant, bar and shops. Ideal spot for sport fishing, water sports and ecological tourism with 60 diving spots of exceptional beauty, famous for the quality of its coral reefs. See location