Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

Cruises to Santiago de Cuba

CubaThe second-largest city of Cuba, Santiago de Cuba is the capital of Cuba’s southeastern Santiago de Cuba Province, facing a bay off the Caribbean Sea. Founded by the Spanish in 1515, it’s known for colonial architecture and revolutionary history. The city’s distinctive Afro-Cuban cultural influences are on display during July’s Carnaval, a festival with drum-beating parades featuring colorful costumes and son dancing, a precursor to salsa. Santiago is easily walkable. Nevertheless, it can be searingly hot (which is why you won’t see many people out on the streets in the middle of the day), and the city is very hilly so stay hydrated, and don’t overestimate your own energy levels.

Santiago de Cuba tourist attractions

Historically Santiago de Cuba has long been the second-most important city on the island after Havana, and still remains the second-largest. It is on a bay connected to the Caribbean Sea and is an important sea port. Santiago de Cuba[…]


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