Visitors to the Jardines Del Rey islands of Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo and Cayo Romano often spend a day in Moron, its blend of Authentic Cuban Culture and small town simplicity; make it a big hit with those looking for an insight into Cuba’s colonial past and history. The numerous Casa Particulars in Moron also makes a trip to Jardines del Rey a favorite amongst visitors staying in Moron.
A visit to the town Moron while staying on the aforementioned islands in Jardines del Rey is simple, just 62 KM from the main keys the main stretch of road covered is the smooth causeway pedraplen. Don’t miss a visit to the municipal museum and the sugar cane museum in Moron. Of course, for many a wander around the colonial buildings and central railway station will be a prerequisite. Moron’s first settlement was founded +470 years ago, in 1543, by families from Sancti Spiritus and seamen who sailed along the province’s northern coast in search of land and fortune. The Moron is thought to be derived from an aboriginal term for “mound”. The town of Moron itself dates back to the year 1750 when it was nothing more than a few buildings but was no longer considered a settlement.
Moron began to grow exponentially in 1915 when the Trocha rail line was bought by Colonel Jose M. Tarafa as he began to assemble the Ferrocarriles del Norte railway line. Moron was chosen as the line’s headquarters. The railway’s maintenance shops and a large central station still stand today, along with steam trains, all as a reminder of the booming sugar trade which was the economic base for this city. In the 1960s a road was built through the marshland to the coast, and in the 1990s this was extended on a man-made causeway to Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo. Many of the hotel workers you meet while in Cayo Coco live in the city of Moron also. The City museum of Moron is a particularly interesting place with plenty of things to see.
Particularly interesting is the Sugar Cane Mill Museum in Moron which not only displays a large group of tools, machinery and artifacts from the Sugar trade but, also offers a real life re-enactment of the grinding process. The city of Moron also holds two accolades, the first is it was was the city of the publication of the first newspaper, “El Faro de Moron” from the editorial offices of Francisco Fernández in 1855. The second is that Moron was also the first city to have horse-drawn carriages running on the city’s streets in 1855.
If you are staying in Jardines del Rey then you simply cannot afford to skip a visit to Moron. Likewise, if you are staying at a casa particular in Moron, Jardines del Rey is a great day out at the beach.