What to do and see in Vinales, Cuba: The Best Places and Tips

July 27, 2017 Darwin Bolte

Discover the best top things to do in Vinales, Cuba including Valle de Vinales, Jardin Botanico de Vinales, Cuevas de Santo Tomas, Cueva del Indio, Palenque de los Cimarrones, Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus.
Restaurants in Vinales

1. Valle de Vinales

Vinales, Cuba
Excellent
78%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 5 reviews

Valle de Vinales

Reviewed By CockneyRed - Ibiza, Spain

After 4 days/nights in Havana cramming as much as possible, Valle de Vinales is the perfect Antidote. Beautifully green with stunning countryside, the delightful small town of Vinales is the perfect springboard to discover the region.
We visited the spooky caves at San Tomas, a tobacco plantation and a coffee plantation, whilst the restaurants along the main strip of Vinales are excellent. Special mention must go to El Olivo, truly special. Any visiter to Cuba should make an effort to get here.

2. Jardin Botanico de Vinales

Vinales, Cuba +53 5 4452207
Excellent
43%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 694 reviews

Jardin Botanico de Vinales

Reviewed By traveler_traveler215 - Zug, Switzerland

Jardin Botanico de Viñales, which is located a little outside town, is absolutely worth going! Stroll around and look at all the beautiful plants. The garden is nicely maintained and there is a coffee shop inside. November might not be the best time for a visit as many plants do not flower.

3. Cuevas de Santo Tomas

Vinales, Vinales 22400, Cuba +53 48 681274
Excellent
45%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 683 reviews

Cuevas de Santo Tomas

Reviewed By PierreTraveler - Ellensburg, Washington

Big cave offering a 1.5 to 2 hour tour with helmets and local guides. Nicely done and in a beautiful location

4. Cueva del Indio

Vinales, Cuba
Excellent
23%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
29%
Poor
9%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 956 reviews

Cueva del Indio

Reviewed By RandyRoss - Ridgetown

The river within the cave actually runs for 8 kilometers according to our guide on the boat. However, this tour only covers a very small part of it. Initially, one walks into the cave and then there is the short boat trip. This was a very nice stop on our Vinales bus tour (from our hotel in Havana) but would not be something that one would drive from Havana for. The beautiful Vinales Park and rock formations is what one visits the area to see.

5. Palenque de los Cimarrones

Km 36 carretera a Puerto Esperanza, Vinales 22400, Cuba (538) 796290
Excellent
23%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
34%
Poor
9%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 274 reviews

Palenque de los Cimarrones

Reviewed By Ian C - London, United Kingdom

More caves, this time El Palenque of the Macaroons in Vinales, showing the life of African slaves who had escaped the plantation owners and lived here in the caves, ending with a restaurant designed like an African village, complete with stocks and chains, with reminders of the Yoruba religious beliefs and art relating to African-Cuban culture. Outside there are still tocacco plantations and drying-barns, traditionally constructed from palm trees and covered with palm leaves.

6. Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus

Avenida Simon Bolivar | Between Gervasio & Padre Varela Street, Vinales 22400, Cuba
Excellent
15%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
27%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 40 reviews

Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus

Reviewed By RocheMaree - Hawera, New Zealand

....beautiful simply decorated church, set in a square in the heart of the village. Tall trees frame it and seats are located around the square perimeter in the shade. This is the towns WIFI hotspot and lovely to sit here with the sun setting, people watch and connect with the world.

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