Santiago de Cuba – Holguin

Route type: suitable preferable for hybrids & mountain bikes
Stops: Santiago de Cuba city, Hotel Sierra Mar, El Jigüe (La Plata), Pilón, Media Luna, Manzanillo, Bayamo, Holguín
Distances: 70 km, 65 km, 50 km. 38 km, 50 km, 67 km. 71 km
Suggested Duration: 8 nights & 9 days
To begin route: Take the Viazul bus to Santiago de Cuba. Return to Havana on the Viazul bus via Holguin.
Difficulty rating: Moderate

This is a scenic route, especially the section from Santiago de Cuba to Pilón which borders the southern coastline on your left and the Sierra Maestra mountains on your right with spectacular scenery.
To reach Santiago de Cuba you should take the Viazul bus, overnighting in the city on arrival. We suggest planning on discovering the city of Santiago de Cuba the following day. Recommended historical-cultural sites include the Moncada Barracs, the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, Céspedes Park, the El Cobre Sanctuary, the Emilio Bacardí Provincial Museum, and more. In Santiago de Cuba you’ll discover varied accommodation options including Hotel Meliá Santiago, Hotel REX, Hotel Las Américas, Hotel Hotel San Juan, hotel Hotel Libertad, and more, in addition to many Private Accommodation options. Begin your route to Sierra Mar the following day.

Santiago de Cuba – Sierra Mar (70 km)

You must leave Santiago de Cuba via the Paseo Marti. Coming from the Provincial Train Station, the road parallels (at a distance of roughly 500 meters) the historic Santa Ifigenia Cemetery where National Hero Jose Marti and Cuban Revolutionary Leader Fidel Castro’s remains rest. At the end of Paseo Marti, turn left and another 800 meters ahead turn right onto the Guama road. The road is completely paved and will take you past Mar Verde, 17 kms from Santiago de Cuba, and later Caletón Blanco beach, 29 kms from Santiago de Cuba. You can observe the remains of Spanish galleons enroute, relics from the Naval Battle of Santiago de Cuba, from the end of the 19th century. The difficulty level is relatively easy to Hotel Sierra Mar, and 12 kms ahead you’ll find Los Galeones perched atop a hill. The paved road to Chivirico has few elevations and wonderful vistas. Diving is available from Sierra Mar and the wrecks of the galleons may be explored.

Sierra Mar – El Jigüe (La Plata) (65 km)

Continue west on the coastal road passing the villages of Chivirico, El Uvero, and La Mula campground located 54 kms past Sierra Mar. At La Mula you can rest or overnight. There are also private accommodation options in the área. About 4 kms past La Mula, the road condition deteriorates and some sections will be unpaved and difficult for vehicular acces, but transitable via bicycle. The remaining trip to Marea del Portillo will be slower, and is dotted with coastal elevations.

El Jigüe – Pilón (50 km)

The road here is only intermittently paved as it’s been damaged by hurricanes in the area, so keep in mind that its passage will be slower than via paved surfaces. You’ll pass the Marea del Portillo & Farallón del Caribe hotels, Punta Piedra motel, and then arrive in the village of Pilón. There are accommodations in the hotel zone as well as Private Accommodation options in Pilon.

Pilón – Media Luna (38 km)

This leg is considered difficult due to the elevations that exist in the first 20 kilometers of the route. If you have time and are interested in knowing more about Cuba’s history, you have several variations you could consider here for extending your route. For example:26 kms after Pilón, rather than taking a right to Media Luna, you could instead turn left towards Niquero/Las Coloradas and arrive at Cabo Cruz, where you can enjoy the Desembarco del Granma National Park, an ecological area rich in flora & fauna, archaeological sites and site of the historical 1956 arrival of the Granma Yacht with Fidel Castro, Raul Castro, Che Guevara and 79 additional members of their revolutionary expedition. In Niquero and las Coloradas there are private accommodation options, plus Hotel Niquero. The return to Media Luna (approximately 53 kilometers from Cabo Cruz) is not difficult. In Media Luna you may visit the Museum/Birthplace of Celia Sanchez Manduley.

Media Luna – Manzanillo (50 km)

As this route is relatively easy and your time shouldn’t be constrained, you may want to consider a visit to La Demajagua, from where the Cry of Yara was realized. The historic site marks the beginning of the War of 1868, constituting one of the most relevant & transcendental acts in Cuba’s history, one which began a revolution and fight for the country’s total Independence which would last almost 100 years. Continue your trip to overnight in Manzanillo. Here you have accommodation options at Hotel Guacanayabo, in addition to Private Accommodations.

Manzanillo – Bayamo (67 km)

The City of Bayamo was the second Villa founded in Cuba and is the Cradle of Cuban Nationality; the Cuban National Anthem was first sung here. This is a quiet and easy route, flat with few elevations, with vistas of sugarcane fields and the Sierra Maestra mountains to accompany you. Leaving Manzanillo you should take P Rosales avenue towards the town of Yara. From here take the road to Veguitas & Barranca to continue to Bayamo. You’ll enter Bayamo via Amado Estevez avenue, which will take you straight to the center of the city. Multiple cultural and historic options await in the city, including the Museum/Birthplace of Carlos Manuel de Céspedes “The Father of Cuban Homeland”, the Wax Museum, La Casa de la Trova (troubador’s house), the Beatles cultural center etc. Bayamo also features a multitude of private accommodation options as well as lodigin in the following hotels: Royalton, Sierra Maestra, Telégrafo, Villa Bayamo.

Bayamo – Holguín (71 km)

The leg from Bayamo – Holguín is very east, almost straight and completely flat. Coming from the center of Bayamo you should head fort the Central Road (Carretera Central) heading northeast, passing the airport which will take you directly to the city of Holguín. In Holguin choose from hotels: El Bosque, Mirador de Mayabe, (this last property is just outside the city) and private accommodations.
From Holguin you have the option to take a Viazul bus directly to Havana, or alternatively consider routes such as:

  • Ciego de Ávila–Havana
  • Trinidad–Havana
  • Havana-Viñales.

We don’t recommend riding Holguín – Las Tunas – Camagüey via bike on the Central Road, which is narrow and can be dangerous with considerable truck/bus/vehicular traffic.

Santiago de Cuba – Baracoa – Holguin

Route type: preferably for hybrids and mountain bikes
Stops: Guantanamo, Imias, Baracoa
Distance: 84 km + 85 km + 65 km + 74 km + 95 km + 85 km + 57 km (total 545 km).
Suggested duration: 10 nights & 11 days (or 11 nights/12 days)
How to begin the route: Take the Viazul bus to Santiago de Cuba. Return to Havana via Viazul bus from Holguin. Reservations may be made in any Viazul office in Cuba or through www.viazul.com .

Difficulty level: challenging

This is a bicycle route for adventurers and those who enjoy remote locations & wonderful landscapes.
Take the Viazul bus to Santiago de Cuba, overnight, and get to know the City of Santiago de Cuba. Some of the recommended historical-cultural sites include the Moncada Barracks, the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, Céspedes Park, the Basílica del Cobre sanctuary, the Emilio Bacardí Provincial Museum, and more. Santiago de Cuba features a range of accommodation options including Meliá Santiago, Hotel REX, Las Américas, San Juan, Libertad, y other hotels, as well as numerous Private Accommodation options. The next day, begin your route east from Santiago de Cuba to Guantanamo.


Santiago de Cuba – Guantánamo (84 km)

You must leave Santiago de Cuba via the National Highway (autopista nacional). From Hotel Meliá Santiago you would take and turn right after Teatro Heredia, towards the bypass (Circunvalación) as far as the bridge signaling the National Highway. After the bridge we’ll take the detour on the right to hit the highway heading north. Follow the highway and after the Check Point (Punto de Control), you’ll see the sign indicating “El Cristo” & “La Maya”, taking that road to Guantánamo.
Continue on the Cristo road and at the Alto Songo intersection (km 33) you must turn right to La Maya. Pass the village of Yerba de Guinea and about 13 kilometers ahead a 22-km section of the Guantanamo highway has been completed as far as the city. Another route option would be About 5 kms into the highway where you could turn right, and then 500 meters ahead left towards Niceto Perez. This road also leads to the center of the city of Guantanamo. In the city you may lodge at Hotel Guantánamo or in private accommodations.

Guantanamo – Imias (85 km)
This section of your route is relatively easy, with little climbing. You will enjoy sections of scenic views bordering the southern coast of Guantanamo province. Continue in an easterly direction on the central road. You’ll pass through the villages of Yateritas (km 39) and San Antonio del Sur (km 64). Twelve kilometers ahead on the right you’ll find the Yacabo Abajo or Rio Yacabo campgrounds, an economical option for overnighting. Imias is 9 kilometers further, if you’d like to continue your route that far. Rest well tonight as tomorrow has a significant climb with challenging grades to Baracoa, which may be the best test of your legs of the entire trip.


Imias – Baracoa (65 km)
Departing Imias  enjoy the scenic Caribbean Sea on your right on the 15.5 km ride to the village of Cajobabo. Here is where you’ll begin the “La Farola”,route along the viaduct elevations, one of the 7 wonders of Cuban civil engineering. At km 17 past Cajobabo you’ll find the scenic lookout Alto de Cotilla where you may want to take a rest. Continue your route of climbs and moderate descents, and the difficulty level will decrease at km 50, passing through the village of Sabanilla and continuing straight to Baracoa, Cuba’s founding villa. Accommodation options in Baracoa include La Rusa hotel, Hostal Rio Miel, Hostal La Habanera, Hostal 1511, Hotel Porto Santo, Hotel Castillo y various private accommodation options.


Baracoa – Moa (74 km)

The road from Baracoa to Moa is a challenge, as it was to be completely paved in the past, but with the passage of time, rain and storms, it has been considerably damaged. For this reason this section of your route is difficult for vehicular traffic, but possible by bicycle. This stage is also challenging for the long & steep elevations in the mountainous sections. Within the Alejandro de Humboldt National Park you’ll discover a mix of scenic views and vegetated forest areas. Departing Baracoa heading north, in just 1 kilometer you’ll pass La Finca Duaba, a countryside restaurant with hiking options.
Continue straight to pass the Rio Duaba bridge, as well as the Rio Toa bridge.
At kilometer 16 on your right, you’ll see the entrance to Villa Maguana.
But continue straight, ahead you’ll have a challenging adventure to the Moa area. Moa is an industrial city whose main economic activity is associated with the nickel mining and refineries. For visitors it’s not especially attractive, although it does have the  Miraflores hotel for overnights.


Moa – Mayarí (95 km)

This leg of your journey is not flat – it has considerable climbing/descents. You should take the 37-kilometer road to Sagua de Tanamo. You may want to replenish your wáter supply and snack in the small village. Continue your journey and 6 kms ahead you’ll see an intersection where the road on the right heads to Cayo Mambí and the road on the left (which is the one you’ll take) heads to Levisa & Mayarí. Levisa is 78 kms from Moa, and about 10 kilometers before Levisa, in the village of Pueblo Nuevo there‘s the Rio Cabonico campground.
Continue straight after Levisa and 7 km ahead you’ll see an entrance on your right that leads to Felton and the Cayo Saetía  Natural Park, 19 kilometers away, and Villa Cayo Saetía.
If  you decide to continue to Mayarí, it’s just 9 kilometers ahead. In Mayarí, you may opt to visit the Salto del Guayabo (waterfall), the main attraction of La Mensura National Park, and one of Cuba’s highest waterfalls.
In Mayarí you’ll discover private accommodation options.

 

Mayarí –  Guardalavaca Beach (85 km)
Departing Mayarí you should take the road to Juan Vicente & Guaro, pass these villages and continue. At the intersection at kilometer 16 turn right to Banes (the road on the left heads to Cueto), staying straight on this road to pass Herrera, the Deleite intersection, Los Negritos and at kilometer 51 you’ll see a T intersection where you must turn left to Guardalavaca, 30 kilometers away. If you continue straight you’ll end up in Banes.
At kilometer 80 on your left you’ll see the entrance to the Chorro de Maíta, archaeological site, where evidence exists of all types of burials not only of Cuba, but the Caribbean.
Continue to Guardalavaca beach, where you can choose from multiple hotel accommodations such as Brisas Guardalavaca, Club Amigo Atlántico Guardalavaca or private accommodations.
Several kilometers further west there’s also Esmeralda Beach, Yuraguanal, Blanca & Pesquero beaches, with alternative hotels including Paradisus Rio de Oro, Sol Rio de Luna y Mares, Memories Holguín, Playa Pesquero, Blau Costa Verde, Playa Costa Verde, or Villa Don Lino.
Playa Guardalavaca – Holguín (57 km)
This is an easy, enjoyable Cycling route. From the village of Guardalavaca take the main road west, pass the gas station on your right, and 2 kms ahead pass the entry to the Playa Esmeralda hotels. 1 km ahead it also passes the entrance to the Bahía de Naranjo Natural Park (where the Guardalavaca Dolphinarium is situated and interaction with dolphins is offered).
11 kilometers ahead you’ll see the entrance to Playa Pesquero and its hotels. Continue straight on the main road and at kilometer 53 you’ll pass a rotary, the University of Holguin, a second rotary and you’ll see the Calixto Garcia baseball stadium on your right. You’re now in the city of Holguín.

In the city choose from hotels such as El Bosque, hotel Pernik, or Villa Mirador de Mayabe as well as a considerable selection of private accommodation options.
From Holguin you may take the Viazul bus to western Cuba.

Playa Larga – Matanzas – Havana

Route type: Suitable for all types of bicycles
Stops: Jovellanos, Varadero, Playa Jibacoa.
Distances: 66 km + 60 km + 85 km + 62 km
Suggested duration: 5 nights / 6 days
To begin the route: Viazul bus to Playa Larga
Difficulty level: Moderate

In terms of elevation (practically flat), this route is relatively easy to Varadero. Between Matanzas and Havana there are moderate elevations (and the prevailing wind is contrary). If departing from Havana, you may take the Viazul bus (Havana – Trinidad route) as far as Playa, overnight in Playa Larga and begin your cycling route the following morning. If you have more time for riding, you could combine that route with the outline below.

Playa Larga – Jovellanos (66 km)

Depart Playa Larga heading to the National Highway (Autopista Nacional). Pass the Guama Visitors Center and crocodile breeding farm, then the Central Australia and Bohío Don Pedro ranch (rustic acccommodation used by visiting fly fishermen) before reaching the highway (Autopista Nacional).
Cross the highway towards Jagüey Grande and take the road to Torriente. About 6 kilometers later you’ll take a right to San Jose de Marcos, passing through La Isabel and continuing to Jovellanos.

Jovellanos – Varadero (60 km)

Take the road to the village of Carlos Rojas and the Jose Smith Comas sugar refinery (21 km), a village located to the north of Jovellanos. You may visit the Jose Smith Comas Sugarcane Refinery Museum here and advance to the Vía Blanca road (also denominated on some maps as Puente Bascular or Autopista Sur/Southern Highway). You should take a left on the norther route to Cardenas (follow the signs). In Cardenas visit the Cardenas Museum. To leave Cardenas, advance to Calle Saez, take a right, and your next left  (on an avenue known as Calzada). This avenue will take you directly to Cardenas and Santa Marta. In Santa Marta continue in the right lane to take the road entering into Varadero, crossing the iron bridge. To head directly into the village take an immediate right and descend a mild grade to cycle under the bridge to 1ra Avenida facing Kawama, Villa Tortuga & Barlovento hotels and very close to Acuazul & Sotavento hotels. The village also features numerous private accommodation options. Enjoy Cuba’s most famous beach.

Varadero – Playa Jibacoa (85 km)

Returning to cross the same iron bridge to depart Varadero from where you entered, take a right after the bridge and continue straight on this road to Matanzas 30 kms away. The road will take you past the village of Camarioca, then you’ll see on your left the entrance to the Varadero International Airport. Just a few dozen meters down this road you’ll find the Saturn Cave visitors center where you could have lunch and a swim in the cave.

Continuing to Matanzas you should take the viaduct road that borders the Bahía de Matanzas (Bay) until you depart the city heading towards Havana. You’ll see the  Bacunayagua Bridge, (the highest in Cuba) and continue on the Via Blanca road until you arrive at the Canasi junction (Canasi Bridge). Several meters ahead you should detour to the right to arrive at Playa Jibacoa. Here you’ll discover Memories Jibacoa  & Villa Trópico hotels as well as Los Cocos camping, in addition to  Islazul house rentals and private home rentals.

Playa Jibacoa – La Habana (62 km)

Cross the Jibacoa Bridge heading west towards Havana. Pass the town of Santa Cruz del Norte (you’ll see the Havana Club Rum factory on your right as you enter the town limits.
Continue 22 kms west until you arrive at Peñas Altas (2 kilometers after the control check-point). Immediately after Peñas Altas you’ll see a small bridge crossing a river. You should take a right here to avoid the Guanabo hill and instead pass through the center of the beach town. If you’re tired you’ll find various private accommodation options here. Continue on the main road through town and when you arrive at the rotary, continue straight to the end, where you’ll take a left, then right at the end of this Street to come out again at the Vía Blanca road. Take a right to head towards Havana. From Guanabo to Old Havnaa it’s 28 kilómetros. This área offers numerous accommodation options in hotels or private houses.
You must keep in mind that you can’t ride your bicycle through the tunnel connecting Eastern Havana to Old Havana. So to arrive to the city there are three options:

  1. Vía Blanca: After you pass Alamar you’ll continue straight on Vía Blanca until you reach the Cojimar rotary. Continue on Vía Blanca (by taking the third road on your right) and you’ll pass the Ñico Lopez Refinery, Guanabacoa, Barrio Obrero and continue to the traffic lights at Fabrica & Via Blanca, after passing over a bridge that spans train tracks below. Turn right on Fabrica, and right at the traffic lights. 300 meters later you’ll cross the train tracks and take a left, bordering the Havana Bay to arrive at the historic district.
  2. You could take the túnel (boarding the Ciclobus). After passing Alamar and a long downhill, take a right before the overpass and you’ll be on the Vía Monumental, which will take you pass the Panamerican Village / Olympic Stadium on your right, and ahead on your left you’ll see the Naval military hospital. Facing the hospital is a Group of buildings making up the village of Camilo Cienfuegos. Take a right (before the hospital) downhill to a rotary, which you’ll follow around to the second road on your right. In the middle of this road you’ll see the Ciclobus boarding station from which a bus boards passengers & bicycles/motorized bikes under 50cc to cross through the tunnel to Havana.
  3. There’s also a bike boat that crosses the Bay from Casablanca to Port Avenue (San Pedro) in Old Havana. There are certain restrictions for goods you are permitted to carry on this crossing, a consideration to keep in mind if traveling with luggage. Upon arrival in Old Havana you’ll be facing the Armadores de Santander hotel, other historic district hotels and the Hostal Loft Habana & El Madero.
Cyclebus itinerary leaving from Camilo Cienfuegos town (in front of Naval Hospital)
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Havana – Ciego de Avila

It’s suggested to ride east to west with the prevailing winds.

Route type: Suitable for all types of bicycles, preferably hybrids.

Suggested duration: __ nights / __ days

To reach Ciego de Ávila: Viazul buses (accept bicycles with a small surcharge) and are ideal for travel between Havana & Ciego de Avila. It’s suggested to make an advance bus reservation via internet.

Sections recommended to cover by bus:

  • Havana – Ciego de Avila
  • Playa Larga – Havana (the pickup must be reserved with pickup in Playa Larga, and it’s suggested to coordinate this arrangement while passing through Trinidad or Cienfuegos).

Cities and places of interest with suggested budget accommodation options:

  1. Ciego de Avila city – Hotel Ciego de Ávila & Hotel Santiago Habana, Morón city – Hotel Morón.
  2. Mayajigua Lake (Hotel San Jose del Lago) with open-air or enclosed pool areas with thermal water,  private accommodations, rural restaurants
  3. Hotel Plaza, Hostal del Rijo, Villa Los Laureles, Don Florencio
  4. Trinidad: Hotel Las Cuevas, Hotel Iberostar Trinidad, Hotel Trinidad 500, Hotel La Ronda, Hotel Costasur, Hotel Trinidad del Mar, Hotel Ancón, Villa MaDolores, & private accommodations
  5. Cienfuegos: Hotel Jagua, Hotel La Unión, Hotel Palacio Azul, Hotel Casa Verde, Hotel Rancho Luna, Hotel Faro Luna, Hotel Pasacaballo
  6. Playa Giron: Hotel Playa Giron, Playa Giron Museum, private accommodations, Caleta Buena, El Pirata Dive Center.
  7. Playa Larga: Hotel Playa Larga, Cueva de los Peces, Punta Perdiz, Crocodile Farm, Villa Guama, Bohío Don Pedro, private accommodations.

Route description:
Havana – Ciego de Avila
Take the Viazul bus to Ciego de Avila. Accommodation in Ciego de Ávila.

Ciego de Ávila – Morón (40 km)
Morón – Mayajigua (55 km)

From the center of Ciego de Avila city, take Independencia avenue and then the Central Road (Carretera Central) to the rotary where you must turn left to reach the Bypass Road (Circunvalación or Anillo de la Ciudad). Take  Avenida Antonio Guiteras (151) and pedal straight to Morón. You’ll see  Hotel Morón on your right once you enter the city.

Departing from Hotel Morón, take Avenida Tarafá on your right that later joins Avenida Martí, crossing the city to arrive at Avenida Libertad, where you’ll turn left. Take a right at Calle Padre Cano to Salome Machado, where you must turn left to take the northern circuit to Chambas (35 km). Pass through the village of Chambas and continue on the northern circuit to Mayajigua. Here you’ll find a hotel called Villa San Jose del Lago, with a restaurant and pools with thermal waters with medicinal characteristics. The water passes naturally between an enclosed pool and the open-air pool where many Cubans gather in the summer to enjoy their vacations. Overnights can be planned at the property.

Mayajigua – Sancti Spiritus (81 km)

Turn right back onto the road continuing west towards Yaguajay. In the center of the city you’ll see a sign where you must turn left to Sancti Spiritus. Pass through the villages of Meneses,  Jarahueca, Jíquima de Peláez, and continue traveling down the 66 to the Central Road (Carretera Central / CC), where you must turn left towards the city of Sancti Spiritus. At the entry to Sancti Spiritus you see Villa Los Laureles on your left. You could stay here or continue to the center of the city following Calle Bartolomé Maso to Avenida de los Mártires, where you will turn right to Parque Serafín Sanchez. Here you will find Hotel Plaza, Hostal del Rijo, & Hostal Don Florencio in the historic district.

Sancti Spiritus – Trinidad (76 km) or La Boca (82 km)

On one side of Parque Serafín Sanchez you’ll find Calle Máximo Gomez. Take this road following the sign to Trinidad, turning into Calle Jesus Menendez in the dirección of the Colon neighborhood and then cross a small bridge where Calle Jesus Menendez turns into a boulevard. You must take a left and immediate right to reach Calle 26 de julio.  Follow the signs to Trinidad. You’ll pass through the villages of Banao, Fidel Claro & Caracusey before reaching the Valle de los Ingenios, where you’ll find the  Manaca – Iznaga Tower
Follow the road to Trinidad.

Arriving in Trinidad take a left on Calle Camilo Cienfuegos, pass the Iglesia Santa Ana (church) and continue, turning right on Calle Antonio Maceo and you’ll be in the center of town. If you wishes to continue to La Boca, you must cycle to Avenida Simón Bolívar and take a left. This Street will take you directly to the beach and village of La Boca.

If you wanted to continue to the Ancon Peninsula, then once on Calle Camilo Cienfuegos you should continue to Avenida Ignacio Agramonte and take a left, following the signs to the Península Ancón and Hotel Costasur, Hotel Trinidad del Mar, or Hotel Ancón.

Trinidad – Cienfuegos (83 km)

From the center of Trinidad, at the intersection of Simón Bolívar & Anastasio Cardenas, take Cardenas heading west. If you’re cycling from La Boca via Simón Bolívar, take a left on Cardenas. If you’re cycling from the Ancon Peninsula via Agramonte, continue to Simón Bolívar and go straight to find Cardenas.
Stay on this road following the signs to Cienfuegos.
You’ll pass a shrimp-growing facility, the Yaguanabo Rover, where there’s lodging at Villa Yaguanabo, and Villa Guajimico, which has a dive center and modestly-priced accommodations halfway between Trinidad & Cienfuegos.

Cienfuegos – Playa Giron (78 km)

You have two options:

  1. Via the road to Havana. On leaving Cienfuegos via the norther road heading to the National Highway, you must reach Yaguaramas, where you’ll take a left to continue as far as Playa Giron. (There’s another route via the Charcas junction, Mijailito, later passing through Cayo Grande, La Forestal, Guasasa and bordering the coast, but the road is rocky and solitary, requiring good tires and an ample water supply.
  2. Cross the Cienfuegos Bay via Ferry. The ferry departs the Cienfuegos Marina crossing the Bay to Castillo de Jagua .Take the road to Juraguá, and after passing the Juraguá nuclear plan you must take a left to the south road to Caleta Buena, cycling straight to Playa Girón. (This road borders the coast and is like a dirt road in passable conditions for cycling).

Playa Giron – Playa Larga (46 km)

This is an easy route, flat and bordering the coastline in its entirety. Places of interest along the way include the Cueva de los Peces & Punta Perdiz. In Playa Larga you’ll find Hotel Playa Larga on the beach and there’s also a camping facility 4 kms before you reach the hotel. The village of Caletón also offers ample private accommodation options.

Playa Giron or Playa Larga – Havana

It’s suggested to take the Viazul bus to Havana. You can make the bus reservation in Trinidad or in Cienfuegos. Viazul stops in both Playa Giron & Playa Larga.
The other option is to cycle as far as the Jagüey Grande junction with the national highway (Autopista Nacional) and try your luck with last minute boarding. All the Viazul buses and a considerable # of private vehicles pass through here when traveling from Eastern Cuba to Havana.

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