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Things to do in Manzanillo & Bayamo

The revolutionary spirit still lingers in the air of this pair of remote towns. History buffs will find endless things to do in Manzanillo and Bayamo as you'll encounter reminders of the fight for Cuban independence everywhere. Despite their revolutionary leanings, the people here are laid back and welcoming. Visit Manzanillo and Bayamo to get well off the beaten path in Cuba.

Museo Histórico la Demajagua - Manzanillo

Learn about the history of the Cuban independence movement from 1868 (when Céspedes declared independence) through today at this well-done museum. It sits on Céspedes former sugar estate where he notoriously freed all of his slaves. This is the most essential thing to do in Manzanilo and Bayamo if you're interested in Cuba's revolutionary history. 

Criadero de Cocodrilos - Manzanillo

Just 5 kilometers south of Manzanillo is one of Cuba's crocodile farms that is home to about 1,000 American crocs. On a visit here you'll learn about breeding these crocs as well as the varieties of wild crocodiles in the nearby Cauto River delta.

Celia Sánchez Monument - Manzanillo

A terra cotta tiled staircase that runs up Calle Caridad is studded with ceramic murals as a monument to Celia Sánchez and the July 26 Movement. The birds and flowers represent Sánchez and Fidel Castro's face is the centerpiece of the mural near the top of the stairs. 

Botanical Gardens - Bayamo

This huge botanical garden is undergoing revamping and expansion to make it an even better option on the list of things to do in Manzanillo and Bayamo. A new path through the Giants' Forest takes visitors through a protected area with native trees that are up to 300 years old. 74 varieties of palms, numerous orchids, endangered plants and medicinal plants are all on display throughout the garden.

Parque Cespedes - Bayamo

The central meeting point in Bayamo is the perfect place to watch local life unfold around you. Spontaneous musical performances often take place and the city orchestra performs here. 

Fiesta de la Cubania - Bayamo

Every Saturday night, there is a huge street party in Bayamo. Old-fashioned pipe organs play while people dance in the streets while games of chess get competitive on the nearby. There's always plenty of food like roast pig and oysters. This party is one of the most fun things to do in Manzanillo and Bayamo.

Updated March 28, 2018