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It limits to the north with the province of Holguín; to the west with Granma; to the south with the Caribbean Sea, and to the east with the province of Guantánamo. The province covers a total area of 6 343 21 , Km². You can get here through Antonio Maceo International Airport, also by road from any other part of Cuba, or by sea â”€in this last case, requesting the services from Punta Gorda Marina.
Two particular features characterizes Santiago de Cuba that make it exceptional: its hospitality, with people of happy and relaxed temperament and its rich historical-cultural wealth. Its Caribbean identity is evident in its popular music and in folklore manifestations. It depicts the title of Heroine City of the Republic of Cuba for the role carried out by its inhabitants in the revolutionary struggle during the decade of 1950. Privileged by its historical past, in Santiago de Cuba there are two of the Cuban places distinguished by UNESCO with the title of World Heritage: the San Pedro de la Roca Castle and the ruins of the first French coffee plantations in La Gran Piedra. The Santa Ifigenia cemetery , the 26 of July Historical Museum and the Siboney Farm, are places indissolubly linked to the history of Cuba.
Cayo Granma and Baconao Park (Biosphere Reserve) also part of the attractiveness of this region. As a tourist destination, Santiago de Cuba, combines excellent possibilities for the enjoyment of beaches, city and nature tourism for to the places of interest in those three scenarios.
For those who arrive in Santiago de Cuba, there are diverse lodging options in the city and in its surroundings, linked as much to the sea as to nature. With a variety of categories and levels of comfort, it will always be a guarantee for the visitors looking for harmony and soothing rest. There are other things, among so many, that make people from Santiago proud: to be the birthplace, par excellence, of almost all the musical genres of Cuba, a country where the music is soul and root; also, the carnivals that every month of July take place here, are the most spectacular in the country; as well as their rum, the well-known Fiestas del Fuego and the already traditional Festival of the Caribbean.
The region of Santiago de Cuba has the necessary infrastructure to encourage tourism of events and congresses; it also has in its mountainous and seafaring environment the conditions to develop nature and adventure tourism, trekking, nautical activities, and health tourism. But there is nothing better than walk its undulating and narrow streets loaded with history and music at the same time.
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Antonio Maceo AirportLat:19.97210 Lon:-75.83910 See Google Map
Antonio Maceo Airport (IATA: SCU, ICAO: MUCU): is an international airport located in Santiago, Cuba.The airport is basically a turbo-prop center.Most commercial flights into SCU are domestic, but there are about twenty international flights each week.
Cayo GranmaLat:19.97762 Lon:-75.87536 See Google Map
Afterwards you can visit the small Island Cayo Granma. There's a ferry from ciudamar every hour.
Santuario El CobreLat:20.05250 Lon:-75.94680 See Google Map
Then, next to tha church was built a hermitage and soon after, at the end of the XVIII century, it began to be born the miraculous fame and with her the legendary history of La Virgen del Cobre, giving rise to the gradual decrease of the adoration to the image of Santiago (War Apostle).
Granjita SiboneyLat:19.96870 Lon:-75.71730 See Google Map
The farm was the departing place of the men that, headed by Fidel Castro, would attack the Moncada garrison, the second military fortress in the city of Santiago de Cuba, on July 26 th, 1953. It exhibits valuable documents and personal objects of some of the intrepid young rebels who attempted.
Valle de la PrehistoriaLat:-75.65010 Lon:19.94650 See Google Map
Idea and work of the sculptor Dagoberto Ramos who populated this charmer Cuban place with replicas of animals that inhabited the earth during the Jurassic period.In the valley dinosaurs, brontosaurios, and other species can be admired. All those animals were made to natural size with steel and cement. In fact seems like animals were dissected.
Hotel BucaneroLat:21.60420 Lon:-77.09750 See Google Map
The Club Bucanero Hotel, which is located on Juraguá Beach, in the Baconao Grand Natural Park, is 25 kilometers away from Santiago de Cuba's international airport.
Hotel Costa MorenaLat: Lon: See Google Map
Just 30 minutes from the city of Santiago de Cuba, in the Biosphere Reserve of Baconao Natural Park, the Costa Morena captivates with its exceptional location and conditions. It is an ideal place to relax by the Caribbean Sea which is calm and placid here. You can also practice nautical sports.
Hotel Carisol Los CoralesLat:19.92360 Lon:-75.64190 See Google Map
Club Amigo Caracol hotel is located in Santa Lucia’s beach, county of Camaguey. Likening a snail on the fine and white sand of Santa Lucia’s beach, this hotel allows its guests to enjoy of charming vacations of sun and beach and it also offers them the possibility of diving in one of the biggest coralline barriers in the world.
Palma SorianoLat:20.21417 Lon:-75.99167 See Google Map
The municipality is divided into the localite of Alto Cedro, Caney del Sitio, Guaninao, José Martí, Juan Barón, La Concepción, Las Cuchillas, Los Dorados, Norte, Palmarito de Cauto, San Leandro, San Ramón, Santa Filomena and Sur
El SaltonLat:20.15570 Lon:-76.26650 See Google Map
Located at the Sierra Maestra, Salton village offers several facilities for enjoying nature, situated in a wonderful natural environment it’s surrounded of trees and some other attractive that facilitates hikes, bird watching, horse riding, and also the enjoyment of a beautiful waterfall. With pleasant rooms, this village it’s highly recommended for all who wants a relaxed stay.
Hotel Sierra MarLat:19.96670 Lon:76.40410 See Google Map
The Brisas Sierra Mar-Los Galeones Hotel was built on a beautiful mountainous terrace overlooking the Caribbean Sea, on a four-kilometer beach on eastern Cuba's southern coast
Hotel Los GaleonesLat:19.96670 Lon:-76.40410 See Google Map
The Brisas Sierra Mar-Los Galeones Hotel was built on a beautiful mountainous terrace overlooking the Caribbean Sea, on a four-kilometer beach on eastern Cuba's southern coast.
La Gran PiedraLat:20.01130 Lon:-75.63910 See Google Map
With only 4 300 hectares, this is the smallest park located in the Sierra Maestra Mountain Range; its margins limit with the mountains that surround the city of Santiago de Cuba. Its most important attraction is La Gran Piedra (The Great Stone)
BaconaoLat:19.93810 Lon:-75.63810 See Google Map
This Reserve of the Biosphere outstands in the eastern region of the mountain range of Sierra Maestra. It covers 80 000 hectares that stand right between the Sierra Maestra and the Caribbean Sea, from the outskirts of the city of Santiago de Cuba to the Lagoon of Baconao. Its flora and fauna are very varied and have high endemism in its flora and ornithofauna.
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Santiago de Cuba
Santiago de Cuba Province is the second most populated province in the island of Cuba. The largest city Santiago de Cuba is the main administrative center. Other large cities include Palma Soriano, Contramaestre, San Luis and Songo-la Maya. Santiago de Cuba province has been the site of many battles, both during the war for independence and the 1959 Cuban Revolution, where much of the guerrilla fighting took place in the mountainous province.
Prior to 1976, Cuba was divided into six historical provinces. One of these was Oriente province, which was, prior to 1905, known as Santiago de Cuba province. The present day province comprises the south-central region of Oriente. The province is rich in material resources such as iron and nickel. The economy, however, relies mostly on agriculture, with large plantations growing bananas, cacao, and coffee dotting the landscape. Industry is growing around the capital, as is tourism. The natural beauty of the area is attracting many tourists from both the rest of Cuba and from overseas.
Founded in 1515 by the Spanish conqueror Diego Velázquez, the city keeps several places that remind of the period that changed the direction of the history of the island. Other important periods are reflected in the mark that they left on the architecture, art and traditions of the people of Santiago.
In this wonderful city you can visit the Museum of the Historical Cuban Atmosphere, located next to the Céspedes Park and very near the Nuestra Señora de la Asunción Cathedral. You can also visit the Velázquez Balcony and the Casa Diego Velázquez House to know more about the colonial period.
Besides, the city has a privileged location in the Santiago de Cuba Bay, which allowed it to be the first country’s capital during a short time. Through it, the first black slaves arrived to Cuba and, with them, their traditions still kept and maintained in places like Casa del Caribe House and the Casa de las Religiones Populares House.
Along with the bay, the relief of the area gives a lot of opportunities to enjoy wonderful landscapes while doing activities related to the ecologic and mountain tourism. This way, you can see the incredible landscape of the Caribbean Sea from the Pico Turquino Summit, the green views you can see from the Gran Piedra or the beautiful images of the Santiago de Cuba Bay from the Cayo Granma Cay or the Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca Castle, declared World Heritage Site by the Unesco in 1997.
For centuries, this city has seen the different struggles for the Independence of the country, as well as the Revolution, the most important event of the second half of the 20th century in the island. Known as the Hero City of Cuba, moving locations were built to remember to all those persons who fought in every single decisive clashes. In this way, you can visit the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia Graveyard, where several heroes from Santiago de Cuba are buried next to monuments that remind their deeds.
Furthermore, the city uses the extended tradition of dedicating squares and parks to important celebrities from Cuban history. You can visit a series of beautiful open spaces like the Céspedes Park, the San Juan Historical Park and the Peace Tree or the Abel Santamaría Historical Park, which are the perfect place to have a break and let oneself go by the atmosphere of the city while seeing the most important monuments.
Santiago de Cuba is an incredible city formed by impressing landscapes, interesting historical buildings, streets full of life and color bursting with culture and traditions, memories of past times that come to meet you in every corner and kind people whose roots are spread throughout the world.
The religion has also an important place in the culture of the island, and that is the reason why many of the most interesting buildings are related to it. During your stay in Santiago de Cuba, you can visit the different churches that constitute the historical and architectonic heritage for the future generations. Among the most interesting temples, you can see the Nuestra Señora de la Asunción Cathedral, the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores Church and the Iglesia de San Francisco Church.The Cuban Revolution was a historical moment of great importance for the whole island, although this area lived it with a special intensity. This city was the chosen place for the uprising of 1953. That struggle was led in three phases directed by Fidel Castro, Abel Santamaría and Raúl Castro, who attacked the Cuartel Moncada Headquarters, the Civil Hospital and the Justice Palace. Although this action didn’t success, it was the beginning of the process which overthrew the Batista Regime. The fight ended after two and a half years of guerrilla struggles, between the Desembarco del Granma Landing in 1956 and 1959 when the Revolution defeated the regime. If you are interested in that part of the history of Cuba, there are several places that still remind and show this important Cuban moment. From the Museum of the Clandestine Struggle, the Plaza de la Revolution Square or the Frank and Josué País House Museum, until the Granjita Siboney Museum in the outskirts of Santiago de Cuba, and the Modelo Presidium, located in the Isla de la Juventud, they are just some of the places where facts related to the Revolution are explained by means of exhibitions of the objects of that period. In the area surrounding Santiago, you will find countless places in which you can make all kind of activities, like hiking, climbing, camping and many other more. Enjoy all of these activities surrounded by the breathtaking beauty that nature has granted to the different national parks that protect the area. It is worth the effort to tour the Turquino National Park, or the Gran Piedra National Park, and enjoy the wonderful landscapes that the Baconao National Park offers us. You can also find a tropical paradise in any of the abundant beaches that are bathed by the Caribbean sea and that are located along the coast of the zone. You cannot miss the Playa Baconao Beach, the Playa Cazonal Beach or the Carisol International Diving Center-Los Corales to do all those water activities you like, i.e. diving, or just to relax and enjoy the white sands and crystalline waters of the Caribe. In the province, you can also discover lovely localities near the city, like El Cobre, El Oasis and Chivirico, among a long list of interesting villages; or live the vibrant Cuban night in the streets of Santiago de Cuba, in mythical places like the Calle Heredia Street or the Casa de la Trova House, where the music sounds the whole night.