Bellamar Caves (Cuevas de Bellamar)
Address: Carretera Cuevas de Bellamar, Matanzas, Matanzas
Phone: (53 45 ) 26 1683 / 25 3538
Opening hours: 9 am to 5 pm, daily
They caves are located in the city of Matanzas, about 40 km (25 mi) east of Jibacoa. These caves are open to visitors since the 1860s, they are considered to be one of the oldest tourist attractions in Cuba; they. It’s also one of the longest and deepest natural caves of the country.
The impressive halls and galleries are filled with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites, underground stream, krastic crystals, fountains, crystallized domes and some other unique limestone formations. Indigenous paintings and fossils have also been found here. The explored area is 3 km (1.9 mi) long and contains 28 rooms; the area open to visitors is about 1 km (0.6 mi) long.
The entrance to the caves is through a small museum and outside there's a restaurant, a snack bar, a playground and a souvenirs shop. Upon entering the cave you first go down several steps (man-made stair), then the rest of the tour is on a relatively flat and well-lit path through the galleries and halls.
The cave is humid and warm, so good walking shoes and light clothing are suggested. This visit is not recommended for people with restricted mobility
Admission is 10 CUC per person, the visit is guided
Extra 5 CUC to bring a camera.
Another way to visit the city is to join an organized tour
Click to view our Gallery of the Cuevas de Bellamar.
Lily & Normand