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Travel – Santiago de Cuba – the capital of the province of Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba is located in south eastern Cuba and it is the capital of the province of Santiago de Cuba. The second city of Cuba after Havana, is Santiago. Cuba is famous for its Cigars, rum, Fidel Castro, salsa, classic cars. Its official language is Spanish and its capital is Havana.
Attractions of Santiago de Cuba:
• Amusement Park: This is down the Ferris wheel stairway of San Juan Hill. It was built in 1985. It was built by Japanese investors and it has many rides that one can enjoy.
• Antiguo Carcel Provincial: This is a historical tour which is two blocks to the west of Parques Cespedes.
• ART ex: This is a shopping centre and has music collections that are popular. The other branches are the Casa de la Trova and at Patio ARTex, ARTex, General Lacret, ARTex, Heredia, ARTex, Patio.
• Ateneo: It is a cultural organization that was set in the late 19th century and now it is a educational centre for dancing, music etc.
• Ayuntamiento: This is a neoclassical architectural site that was erected in 1950.
• Bacardí Rum Factory: It is a brewing factory for rum that opened in 1868.
• Balcón de Velázquez: This is a Spanish fort which is very old and has terrace cotta tiled roofs and is towards the harbor.
• Ballet Folklórico Cutumba: This is a folk dance group that appears in the theatre Teatro Oriente. They perform on weekends with folk music and dance.
• Casa de Diego Velázquez: This is in the northwest corner of Parque Cespede and is the oldest colonial house of Cuba. It dates back to 1522 and was the residence of the first governor of the island. The house has wooden lattice windows and decorations from the 16th to 19th centuries.
• Casa de la Cultura Miguel Matamoros: It is on the eastern side of Parque Cespedes and is a San Carlos club.
• Casa de la Trova: This is the most popular club of Cuba.

Best time to visit / climate:
The best time to visit Santiago de Cuba is between December and April. One can avoid the horrendous storms and hurricanes and avoid the sticky heat of the Cuban summer which can be unbearable for many people.

Location on Google Maps:

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How to get there:

By plane:
Airlines Aero Caribbean is operating to Santiago de Cuba from Havana.
One can reach Cuba from Canada, Mexico and Europe by arriving at Jose Marti International Airport that is outside Havana. Cubana de Aviacion is the major carrier in Cuba and connects to Mexico, South and Central America, Canada and Europe. One can either take a taxi to Havana centre or take a bus service.

By train: The train operates from Havana with stops in Camagüey and Santa Clara.
Four daily Viazul buses run to/from Havana and daily buses to/from Baracoa, Trinidad and Varadero.
The main line runs Havana and Santiago de Cuba. It stops at Santa Clara and Camagüey. Cienfuegos, Manzanillo, Morón, Sancti Spiritus, and Pinar del Rio are the other cities that can be reached by train. Tren Frances operates between Havana and Santiago de Cuba alternately.

By boat:
There are no regular boats or ferries to Cuba but private vessels may enter the marina Hemingway in Havana or marina Aqua in Varadero.
Cienfuegos or Trinidad incorporates the Canarreos Archipelago and the Juventud Islands or Jardines de la Reina Archipelago to Windward Islands which is the bases for boat rides.

Getting around:
By bike: One can use a bike to go around but one has to get one’s own bike for that.
By plane: Cubana de Aviacion or Aero Caribbean covers larger distances and operate on routes:
Cubana de Aviación
Havana – Camaguey – Havana, Yakovlev Yak-42D
Havana – Santiago – Havana, Yakovlev Yak-42D

Aero Caribbean
Havana – Camaguey – Havana, ATR 42-300/320
Havana – Guantanamo – Havana, ATR 42-300/320
Havana – Baracoa – Havana, ATR 72-212
Havana – Bayamo – Havana, ATR 42-300/320
Havana – Cayo Coco – Cienfuegos – Havana, ATR 42-300/320
Havana – Cayo Largo del Sur – Varadero – Havana, ATR 42-300/320
Havana – Cienfuegos – Cayo Coco – Havana, ATR 42-300/320
Havana – Las Tunas – Havana, ATR 42-300/320
Havana – Manzanillo – Havana, ATR 42-300/320
Havana – Moa – Holguin – Havana, ATR 42-300/320
Havana – Nueva Gerona – Havana, ATR 42-300/320
Havana – Santiago – Havana, ATR 42-300/320
Havana – Varadero – Cayo Largo del Sur – Havana, ATR 42-300/320

Global Air (Mexico)
Havana – Cayo Coco – Holguin – Havana, Boeing 737-200
Havana – Holguin – Cayo Coco – Havana, Boeing 737-200
Havana – Santiago – Havana, Boeing 737-200

By bus: Viazul is the bus service in Cuba for public transport to tour the island. Astro is another bus line for touring in Cuba.

Learn more about Santiago de Cuba from Amazon books:

Cuba (Country Travel Guide) Moon Cuba (Moon Handbooks) Road to Santiago

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers):

Yahoo travel

Blogs / Sites about Cuba:


Images and photos of Cuba:

Google Image Search

Videos of Santiago de Cuba from youtube:

Santiago de Cuba ~ Club Bucanero

Bacardi Mansion, Santiago De Cuba – via ‘Coco’ taxi

Salsa dancing in Santiago de Cuba

Cuba: Santiago de Cuba.

Santiago de Cuba – The corner is a busy place

Santiago De Cuba – we check it out

Santiago de Cuba – Sunwing Flight Oct 25/2007

Santiago de Cuba – Virtual Tour (1ra Parte)

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