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Pinar del Rio, the western region of Cuba is popular for its breath taking nature and simplicity.  Popular places like Viñales valley sits between the hills of ‘Sierra de los Organos’, an outstanding landscape encircled by mountains and dotted with spectacular dome-like limestone outcrops called mogotes.  The site was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, and since then it's been attracting lots of visitors. From there you can continue to the popular route of the stalactite cave, stop at the giant and colorful painting with a prehistory theme on a mogote’s cliff and learn about the fascinating process of growing the tobacco and rolling cigars; 70% of the tobacco, used to produce the famous Cuban cigars, comes from Pinar del Rio. Another emblematic product of the region is the Guayabita del Pinar, a rum similar liquor made out of little guavas, that have two options sweet or dry. Places like Soroa, Cayo Levisa (Levisa Key), Maria la Gorda (Mary the fat), National Park ‘La Guira’ and Cabo de San Antonio are a must when you visit Pinar del Rio. Do not miss out our selection of places to visit (things to do), places to stay and where to eat.


Pinar del Rio city

Places to Stay

  1. Hotel Pinar del Rio

Places to Eat

  1. Bar El Meson 
  2. Parador El Pinar  
  3. El Pedregal 
  4. El Gallar Do 
  5. Restaurant La Berengena 

Viñales Valley

The Valley of Viñales was declared a National Park in 2001 and Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999.

Worth the visit: Viñales Indian cave and Palenque de los Cimarrones

Places to Stay

  1. Hotel Los Jasmines 

    A couple of kilometers before the village of Viñales stands Hotel Los Jazmines. A three-story pink building with a tiled roof, it looks like a villa in the Tuscan countryside crossed with a Mediterranean manor.

  2. La Ermita

    http://www.hotel-la-ermita-cuba.com/

  3. Hotel Rancho San Vincente 

Places to Eat

  1. El Ranchon 
  2. Finca Agro-ecologica El Paraiso
  3. Balcon del Valle
  4. Cocinita del Medio
  5. El Olivo
  6. El Palenque de los cimarrones

Las Terrazas

Las Terrazas is a small community and nature reserve in the municipality of Candelaria, Cuba. It is located in the Sierra del Rosario mountains, which was designated a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1984

The combination of river with trees and mountains, and on top of it, the slow pace, even more so than Viñales, make the Las Terrazas a very special place.

Places to Stay

  1. Hotel Moka

    La Moka hotel – between trees and mountains and in a beautiful setting. The place is so small, that right away you will connect with everyone personally. The coffee shop – Café de Maria – became famous over the years, due to the great taste of the coffee served, it is common to see many buses with tourists stop there to give them an opportunity to taste the fine coffee.

    Hotel Moka is one of Cuba’s most charming and unique properties. Intimate, romantic, and fun, it makes for a memorable stay.

Places to Eat

  1. El Romero
  2. Las Terrazas' Boat House restaurant.

116 Entrance to Parque Nacional La GuiraNational Park La Guira

(San Diego de los Baños and Parque Nacional La Güira)

Just west of the Sierra de los Rosario, in the foothills of the Sierra de los Organos, you will find La Güira National Park and San Diego de los Baños. La Güira is a small park that is a favorite stop for bird-watching tours and general sightseers. San Diego de los Baños is a tiny town built on the edge of a lovely river.

Places to Stay

  1. Hotel Islazul Mirador 

Places to Eat

  1. Restaurante Hotel Mirador

Maria la Gorda (Mary the fat)

It is an International Diving Center. Experts consider that the seabed at María la Gorda is among the top ten places in Latin America, due to its abundant marine life and extraordinarily beautiful corals. Experienced divers rave about the diving, ranging from vertical walls to coral canyons, tunnels, and caves, and even the remains of Spanish galleons.

Places to Stay

  1. Villa María La Gorda 

Places to Eat

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Cayo Levisa (Levisa Key)

cayo levisa beach 1

Hotel Cayo Levisa, located on a small, paradisiacal island of the same name off the northern coast of Pinar del Río province, is a prime scuba destination. Its pristine white sands also attract beach lovers.

Hotel Cayo Levisa runs two boats daily to Cayo Levisa leaving from Palma Rubia at 10:30am and 5:30pm. The trip takes around 30 minutes. It may be possible to hire a boat to take you out if you miss the morning trip, but don't count on it. Return boats from Cayo Levisa leave for Palma Rubia at 10am and 5pm. If you don't have a pre-arranged tour to the island, the boat ride should run you CUC$25 per person round-trip, including lunch on the island.

Places to Stay

  1. Cayo Levisa Hotel - 

    http://www.hotelcayolevisa-cuba.com/

    The beautiful beach and turquoise waters provide a feeling of paradise which more than pays off for the quirks at Cayo Levisa. If you want a quiet place where you can enjoy a traditional slice of the Caribbean, you won’t find many more idyllic locations than Cayo Levisa.

Places to Eat

  1. Cayo Levisa Hotel 

Soroa
 

soroafallSoroa is called "Rainbow of Cuba" and it is located 76 km west of Havana, in the Pinar del Rio, western region of the Sierra del Rosario, Cuba. Natural Reserve Park, the Soroa orchid garden features hundreds of varieties of orchids.

Soroa is named after two Spanish brothers, Lorenzo and Antonio Soroa Munagorri who arrived in Cuba in 1856, with the hope of making a fortune as coffee producers.
Soroa offers a beautiful twenty meters waterfall and stunning little tropical mountains.

The region is home of Semideciduous forest as well as Shrubs and Herdaceous palms. In the outskirts of Soroa more then 100 species of ornamental trees have been identified. Another 60 species of vines, 50 species of edible plants and approximately 20 species of palms tree and bamboo. Lichens and moss are abundant as well. Fauna of the region is plentiful and rich in its diversity, within bird family more than 50 species

Places to Stay

  1. Villa Soro Cayo Levisa Hotel - 

    Located in the western Sierra del Rosario Mountains over 600 feet above sea level, Villa Soroa is an idyllic, colourful place that is perfect for nature lovers. A mountain stream runs right through the grounds and the fabulous botanical garden next door has over 700 species of orchid alone.

Places to Eat

  1. Restaurante El Salto 
  2. Villa Soroa Restaurants 
  3. Castillo Las Nubes 

Cabo San Antonio 2 4Cabo de San Antonio

Cabo de San Antonio, in the most western part of Pinar del Rio, located 345km from Havana, you can’t travel any farther west in Cuba than Cabo de San Antonio.
The Peninsula is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and still largely virgin; it is home to various mammals such as deer and boar, as well as countless bird species.

Villa Cabo de San Antonio is the only hotel on the peninsula proper and a good choice for nature lovers looking for peace, quiet, and a remote beach. The main attraction here is the gorgeous, white sand beach

Places to Stay

  1. Villa Cabo San Antonio 

    Hotel Gaviota Villa Cabo San Antonio is located in the northwestern area of the Guanahacabibes Peninsula, in Cuba's westernmost province, Pinar del Rio, only 3 kilometres from the solid rock where the Roncali lighthouse stands. The Guanahacabibes Peninsula region is still mostly virgin and boasts the category of Bio-sphere Reserve, approved by the UNESCO since 1987.

Places to Eat

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