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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Punta Gorda

Follow the Paseo del Prado south to arrive at Punta Gorda, the southern tip of the peninsula. We hired a pedicab for the 3 km ride--3 CUCs. In Cuba, it's usually 1 CUC/km.

There are grand mansions facing the sea. The Palacio Azul was built in the 1920s and is a charming hotel with only 7 rooms.

Nearby is the Club Cienfuegos, a leisure complex featuring 2 restaurants, a swimming pool, tennis courts and a very low-key amusement park with go-karts and bumper carts.

There is a small beach at La Punta. There are reports of raw sewage being dumped directly in the water so I wouldn't go swimming there.

Cute little gazebo overlooking the water.

The highlight of the Punta is the historic Palacio de Valle. It was originally built as a private residence but nowadays is a restaurant. It costs 2 CUCs to tour the palacio but that includes a drink on its terrace.

The building is reminiscent of a Moorish palace.

Beautifully carved arches leading to grand marble staircases.

Elegant restaurant

but take a closer look and you'll see peeling paint.

Some of the mosaic tiles were gorgeous.

Rooftop terrace where you can sip your drink, included in the admission.

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