Santiago de Cuba
- Hanging out in the bustling capital city Santiago de Cuba
- The international Trova Festival - Cuba’s longest -running music festival (March)
- Santiago Carnival (July)
- Trekking the trails in the stunning Sierra Maestra (all year round!)
- Hitting the beaches (everyday!)
Santiago de Cuba is an exotic blend of white sandy beaches and formidable mountain peaks. It’s steeped in both history and culture and plays host one of Cuba’s most famous carnivals. The local "Santiagueros" are a lively bunch (never a dull moment) and reason enough to spend time in this old and charming part of Cuba.
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After Havana, Santiago de Cuba is the country’s most important city in terms of literature, music and politics. It’s also the second largest city on the island. This is the birthplace of the Cuban revolution and the many museums around the city constantly remind you of it. The streets can be very noisy, polluted and packed with hustlers but it’s also one of the most exciting, lively and fun cities in Cuba. Some of the members of the Buena Vista Social Club were born in the city and surrounding villages.
Sights in Santiago de Cuba
Sierra Maestra mountains
The Sierra Maestra Mountain Range lies in the provinces of Santiago and Granma. They’re the biggest mountains in the country, home to Pico Turquino - Cuba’s highest peak.
This area is regarded by many as the most majestic natural setting in all of Cuba.
Some of the most stunning natural parks in the country can be found here including: Pico Turquino, Marea del Portillo, Santo Domingo-La Sierrita and Desembarco del Granma.
It’s a nature lover’s paradise and a very important ecotourism destination for Cuba.
Santiago de Cuba Carnival
This in undoubtedly one of Cuba’s finest festivals - a joyous celebration for both tourists and locals alike, where the city literally never sleeps! People gather in the streets and party all night long and sometimes well into the early hours of the next day. You can’t walk two meters without bumping into drinks stands or some band playing. It’s mayhem!
The highpoint is the extravagant performance at the Cuartel Moncada. Trocha Avenue is where most of the action occurs. The carnival takes place in July every year - it’s an event not to be missed!
Beaches in Santiago de Cuba
Santiago has many different kinds of beaches to choose from, including: Bacajagua, Bucanero, Caleton Blanco, Playa Daiquiri, Playa Sevilla and Playa Siboney.
Beach "Playa Siboney"
This lovely little beach is just 19 kilometers from the city centre and is very popular with the locals. It’s incredibly clean with crystal clear waters and surrounded by coconut trees. It’s a good choice if you want to relax and experience some genuine Cuban beach culture.
Beach "Playa Bucanero"
Bucanero Beach on the other hand, is a magnificent stretch of golden sand backed up by huge limestone cliffs. The warm waters here stay at around 30 degrees Celsius all year round. The beach is owned by Hotel Bucanero. It’s part of the Bacanoa Natural Park and has superb view out to the Sierra Maestra mountain range
Along with sugar, coffee and commercial fishing, tourism is playing an increasingly important role in the economy here. The amount of hotels and casas particulares in Santiago de Cuba is increasing all the time - and so are the standards. Whether you’re into history, music, landscapes, beaches or just endless sunny days, Santiago Province is bound to captivate you.
- Playa El Francés
- Playa Aserradero
- Playa de Caletón Blanco
- Playa Bueycabón
- Playa de Mar Verde
- Playa La Estrella
- Playa Aguadores
- Playa del Resort Bucanero
- Playa Damajayabo
- Playa Daiquiri
- Playa Bacajagua
- Playa de la Hacienda El Indio
- Playa de Berraco
- Playa Larga
- Playa Colorada
- Playa Cazonal
- Playa Caletoncito
- Playa Cardenero
- Playas del Este
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- San Luis
- Julio A. Mella
- Palma Soriano
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- Guama: Hotel Brisas Sierra Mar
- Baconao: Club Amigo Carisol Corales
- Parque Céspedes
- Parque Ferreiro
- Plaza de Marte