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Guanabo is a small seaside town in Havana Province, just east of Playas De Este and Santa Maria del Mar, around 30-40 km east of Havana. The beach apparently is not the nicest, however the town is relatively typically Cuban, there are many casas particulares and some nice restaurants.

Get in[edit]

Take Bus 400 from Havana for 0.40 CUP. It stops near the train station. Alternatively you can take a taxi for 20 CUC

Get around[edit]



  • Polyclinico Guanabo - Their little hospital, downtown. Go and donate your vitamins, aspirin or other extra meds. If you are sick, go for excellent care. The staff are very devoted. For information on donation of medical supplies, see Not Just Tourists [dead link]. Excellent cause!!!



  • Piccolo - Pizza in wood-fired stove. Quirky, rustic decor, very homey. Excellent service. Small 'Zoo' on grounds.
  • Maeda - on Calle Québec, a few streets south of downtown. Clean, nice food. Excellent mixed grill.
  • Sandwiches.
  • Ital Nova, Av. 5. Very good food, excellent chicken cordon bleu. Pizzas, lasagna right from the wood oven. Try the spaghetti bolognaise with cheese.


  • Ital Nova, Av. 5. Very good food, good cordon bleu. Perfect lasagna en spaghetti with cheese cooked in woodoven. Nice and helpful staff


There are many casa particular. Just ask around!


Go next[edit]

If you are not into the hotel scene and want to see the real Cuba, Guanabo is the place to go. There is a bus to Havana, and also a train (2km south of town) in season. This is the electric 'Hershey Train', worth seeing for train buffs.

For the hotel scene, Santa Maria del Mar is 6km west.

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