Cienfuegos, Cuba a Beautiful City and… Clean!

El Malecón de Cienfuegos
El Malecón de Cienfuegos


Photo Feature by Luis Rondon Paz

HAVANA TIMES — The City of Cienfuegos has a population of over 300,000 and, much different from Havana, it is certainly one of the cleanest in Cuba. It is located in the south central region of the Majagua peninsula, on the shores of the Bay of Jagua. The bay’s Aboriginal name (meaning origin, source, spring, wealth) is open to the Caribbean Sea by a narrow channel that provides access to ships using the port of Cienfuegos.

Known as the city of the sea or the pearl of the south, it’s tourist area is framed in Cienfuegos by the malecon seawall and the historic center of the city, which since 2005 has had the status of World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In addition, since 2003 the city has received important prizes for conservation and restoration. As for culture, Archimedes Pous and Benny Moré are two of the most important in the province.


A few kilometers away is the Camilo Cienfuegos oil refinery, renovated under the ALBA and PetroCaribe agreements promoted by Cuba and Venezuela. It is today one of the key development pillars of the Cuban economy, besides being a source employment for many local people.

Curiously, Cienfuegos is one of the few cities where in the evening residents can be seen cleaning the pedestrian boulevard.

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4 thoughts on “Cienfuegos, Cuba a Beautiful City and… Clean!

  • A woman offered me a 20 centavo CUP coin for bus fare as I had no small coins in my pocket at the time. It was only a penny in our currency, but………….

    My first thought about Cienfuegos will always be that it was the place in Cuba that a Cuban offered an American money expecting absolutely nothing in return. It has been five years with me having been from one end of the island to the other many times, but that simple act of generosity has not been repeated yet.

  • Very cool photo’s and will be on my list of places to visit when I’m free to do so. Thank you!

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