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8 hrs in Cardenas

Spent a day in Cardenas City, what can I say buy loved it so much, went to the visit the Catedral... read more

Reviewed 10 October 2018
Back in Time in the Real Cuba

Spent a few hours visiting this friendly city. It was busy with locals going about daily life. Far... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2018
Scotland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 October 2018

Spent a day in Cardenas City, what can I say buy loved it so much, went to the visit the Catedral de la Concepciòn Immaculada, it was closed but had pictures out side, I felt like I had gone back in time with all the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank BarbaraH1963
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

Spent a few hours visiting this friendly city. It was busy with locals going about daily life. Far from touristy Varadero though only 13km by road. We took a taxi costing 20 cuc each way. Whilst in the city we toured around in a horse...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank sunnybeacherTayside
Reviewed 8 June 2018

Spent the day with some cuban friends at their house. It was our third time at their place. When you are about to enter the city of Cardenas, you will see a large crab. The people around the city are great. Great landmarks and the...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Jacques L
Reviewed 7 June 2018

Interesting City near Varadero. while in Varadero there is the great beach and Hotels there is always the need of seen what the country really is like. i have been to many restaurants in Varadero where there are many diferent prices, it is easy staying...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Yasser S
Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

This was my second visit to Cardenas and I'd love to go back. It is real Cuba without the masses from Havana. Horse drawn carriages, beautifully colored buildings, cool little shops and restaurants and bars to check out. It's really a great town.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank SMK1972
Reviewed 3 February 2018

Cardenas is the most dirty city we have seen in Cuba. All sights are floaded with garbage. We normally give positive reviews but this is the worst. You can stay here but only as a starting point for other trips in the area.

Date of experience: January 2018
2  Thank Eva196
Reviewed 3 February 2018

Cardenas was my first city experience in Cuba. If you have never lived in a socialist country you will be shocked. It has charm, but don`t have high expectation.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Zsuzsi G
Reviewed 2 February 2018 via mobile

It was nice to see this city. Mode of transportation seems to be horse and carriage. It's worth going to see their museums and local restaurants. We will be back next trip.

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank ToddMiki
Reviewed 18 December 2017

Cárdenas is worthwhile city to visit with many beautiful Spanish colonial buildings. Most of the buildings are in need of repair, but some restoration has taken place. It is quite interesting to see that horse drawn carriages are a predominate mode of transportation as are...More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank windswept361
Reviewed 20 November 2017 via mobile

Movie set perfect, Cardenas is one of those places that has developed its own patina over time, however time will erase what is there now. Traffic consists of bicycles, horses and horse drawn carts and carriages, and pedestrians. Indedentially preserved buildings, narrow cobblestone streets, and...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Franklin N
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