Caribbean Tourism

The East

The main road along the coast towards Matanzas and Varadero is called the Vía Blanca. There are some scenic parts, but you also drive through quite a lot of industry.


The Hershey Railway runs inland from the Casablanca station in eastern Havana, more or less parallel to the Vía Blanca, and is an interesting way to get to Matanzas. This electric line was built by the Hershey chocolate family in 1917 to service their sugar mill, at what is now the Central Camilo Cienfuegos.

Some 60 km east of Havana is Jibacoa beach, which is good for snorkelling as the reefs are close to the beach and it is also a nice area for walking. It is pretty, with hills coming down to the sea, and a pleasant place to go for a weekend away from Havana.


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