There is another Trinidad in the Caribbean – the subject of my post is the Cuban city situated on the South East coast.
Trinidad de Cuba is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a more colourful place is hard to find. Its cobbled streets are awash with bright American classic cars, its buildings and walkways are vibrantly decorated and its shops sell an array of vivid & unusual goods.
The city is also coloured by its lively people and plethora of bars, music venues and enticingly tempting restaurants. We ate like kings and partied like teenagers. It’s no wonder that Ernest Hemingway loved the place.
The outskirts of the city are also blessed. Playa Ancón is one of Cuba’s best beaches, the nature trail to Gran Parque Natural Topes de Collantes and its waterfall beautiful and the century-old train that takes you out into the the sugar cane plantations of the Valle de los Ingenios a delight. See Trinidad Train.
Whilst we were there Mrs Wilbur celebrated her 50th birthday. An occasion we marked with a lovely meal at La Redaccion restaurant followed by dancing & mojitos in the Disco Ayala nightclub set uniquely inside a cave.
Luckily it was dark enough so that my eighties style of dancing did not stand out too much. I welcomed the Michael Jackson megamix like I had been reunited with a long lost friend!
Trinidad is also stuffed with fine churches, characterful colonial architecture, picturesque leafy squares and excellent museums. I knew that the place would be one of the highlights of our trip and indeed it was.
The Casa De La Musica was also great fun. It is set outside and we spent an entertaining couple of hours there watching a great salsa band followed by an unusual dance troupe who played with fire, cracked open coconuts with their teeth and did things with machetes that should not be tried at home!
See my Cuban music video on You Tube.
Our unplanned visit to a cigar factory was also a memorable experience.
do say that Trinidad can be a little tiresome in having to constantly refuse the advances of various touts and peddlers, but we saw none of that at all in January.
Like the vast majority of the cities of Cuba that we visited, Trinidad would make a great place for a city break – for our American cousins that may just become a reality in the not too distant future.