San Juan Festival in Trinidad, Cuba

Each year, the streets of Trinidad host one of Cuba’s biggest festivals, the Fiesta de San Juan. Latin America knows how to throw a fiesta, and the San Juan Festival is no exception.

Cowboys take to the streets during the San Juan Festival in Trinidad, Cuba

Cowboys take to the streets during the San Juan Festival in Trinidad, Cuba

Cowboys take to the streets during the San Juan Festival in Trinidad, Cuba

The San Juan Festival is held in June each year. Though it is celebrated in several towns and cities (including nearby Camaguey), Trinidad is home to one of the biggest celebrations.

Child in hat on horse next to lady on a street in Trinidad, Cuba, during the San Juan Festival

Even little cowboys get involved!

The Festival is also known as Carnaval, Carnival or Fiesta. It features hoards of cowboys who take to the streets on horseback, as well as live music and parades.

Young cowboys on horseback in a street in Trinidad, Cuba, during the San Juan Festival

Cowgirl on horseback in Trinidad, Cuba, during the San Juan Festival

 




 

A cowboy in a blue shirt against a blue and yellow backdrop, in Trinidad, Cuba, during the San Juan Festival

The Festival is an annual highlight for both locals and visitors. People take to the streets to watch the parades and horse riders go past. For some great views, try to get up high (we were lucky enough to be allowed up a tower to watch the streets from above!).

Onlookers during the San Juan Festival

 

View of Trinidad, Cuba, during the San Juan Festival

Get up high for the best views!

Of course, Trinidad is worth a visit at any time of year. It is a beautiful picturesque city, with cobbled streets lined with colourful houses against a scenic mountain backdrop. Nearby Playa Ancon is worth a visit to soak up some sunshine. Nightly highlights include Casa de la Musica, a salsa event with live music and dancing held at Plaza Mayor, and Disco Ayala, a truly one-of-a-kind nightclub held inside a massive cave.

The scenic streets of Trinidad, Cuba

View of Trinidad, Cuba, during the San Juan Festival

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