Visit the provincial capital of Ciego de Avila

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Head about 40 km to the south and make the drive from Moròn to Ciego de Avila. You'll see a flat, rural landscape driving along a highway lined with sugarcane fields. Ciego de Avila, the province's largest city with a population of 105,000 people, is a charming place filled with bright buildings painted in pink, purple and blue. Stroll along the colonnaded sidewalks here and you'll see why Ciego, known as the City of Porches, is a pleasure to visit.

Most of the main attractions are located within a block or two of Parque Martì, where you'll find a 1925 statue of Cuban hero José Marti. Local vendors sell brightly painted maracas, jewelry, wooden dominos and cigar boxes. Parque Martì is bordered by the splendid 1911 Ayuntamiento building, which serves as the provincial government as well as the Museo de Artes Decorativas - a worthwhile stop.

On the first floor of the museum, there are many Spanish Renaissance items, including dinner settings, beds and living room sets. This includes some furniture belonging to the first mayor of Moròn. The second floor showcases items from the Far East. Upstairs, you can stroll out on the open balcony for a lovely view of Parque Martì.

The popular Ciego de Avila Boulevard runs from the Parque to the northeast and is the premiere shopping attraction in the province. There's a pleasant pedestrian street lined with shops, restaurants, hair and nail salons and other services. Less than one block off the boulevard is Fábrica de Tabacos El Sucro, a cigar factory where rows of workers roll Cuba's most famous export. Tours are available.

Just a couple short blocks from the factory sits the Museo Provincial Simón Reyes. While most of the guides here only speak Spanish, some of the exhibits are marked in English. The mixture of archaeological and revolutionary history is worth the visit.

Nearby, check out the Centro Raúl Martínez Galería de Arte Provincial where you'll find works by local artists, including the late Martínez (Cuba's equivalent of Andy Warhol). Before leaving town, have a look at the grand Teatro Principal and Estadio José Ramón Cepero, home of the Ciego de Avila Tigers baseball club. Then, head back to the sun, sand and piña coladas on Cayo Coco.