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Central Cuba West

Encompassing the provinces of Matanzas, Cienfuegos, and Santa Clara, Central Cuba West is the traditional center of tourism. Visitors flock to the white sands of Varadero, and further east, Cayo Santa María is fast developing into a booming tourist beach spot. The region is also blessed with wilderness – the Zapata Peninsula shelters crocodiles and birdlife, while the pine-clad Sierra del Escambray offers mountain trails and waterfalls. History fans are drawn to museums at Playa Girón and Santa Clara. Cienfuegos is blessed with imposing colonial structures and fin de siècle mansions, while Matanzas thrums to the rhythms of Afro-Cuban ...

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