The caves of Matanzas have served as a very popular tourist attraction for Cuba. Tours opened up in 1862 when visitors carried torches and candles making these Caves of Bellamar the oldest tourist attraction that is still visited on the Island. While the caves of Viñales are said to be a bit more alluring, the grand Cuevas de Bellamar are also a great option for the curious spelunker.
The pharmacy was constructed January 1st 1882 and prospered as the only pharmacy in all of South America for decades. Dr. Ernesto Trolet Lelievre in collaboration with Juan Fermin de Figueroa Veliz prepared and adminstered all prescriptions. The pharmacy thrived through January 16th of 1964 when it was shut down and turned into a museum. Today it stands a replica of what it was when it first opened its doors in 1882.
Matanzas is a beautiful beach town, the lesser known of the northeastern beaches that adorn the coast of Cuba. The bay is the deepest on the Island and it is home to the oldest pharmacy in all of South America. If your hankering is to visit the beloved beaches of Varadero, consider staying a night or two in Matanzas.
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I took the bus, Viazul, to Matanzas. Hands down one of the most well-kempt greyhound busses I have taken yet. The trip lasts around two hours and follows the coast with beautiful sights of all of the Cuban beaches between the two coastal towns.
That glorious, world renowned, stuffed with love and pressed to perfection quick snack on city side streets; the Cuban sandwich has earned its reputation in good and honorable measure. Do not leave the Island without having tried one for yourself.
A beautiful ranchers town overrun with Cowboys and Havana Club Rum, Viñales is a place you’ve got to check out while traveling through Cuba. The city sits to the west of Havana and is home to some of the most beautiful Tobacco and Coffee farms on the Island. There are also three caves, a lake for swimming, and endless mountaintops where you can watch the sunrise and sunset.