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Santa Clara is the capital city of the Cuban province of Villa Clara. It is located in the central part of the country and has about 250,000 inhabitants. The main reason visitors come to Santa Clara, is the mausoleum of Che Guevara, but there are many more interesting landmarks and the city is full of colonial architecture, making it a great place to just wander around and soak up the atmosphere.
The municipality is divided into the barrios of Báez, Carmen, Egidos, Hoyo, Loma Cruz, Manajanabo, Manicaragua, Mata, Parroquia, Pastora, Provincial, Puente, Quemado Hilario, Raúl Sancho, San Gil and Seibabo.
Santa Clara has a tropical climate, but with slightly more variation in temperature as it's near the northern end of the tropics. The warmer and wetter period is from May to October, when temperatures frequently soar above 30 °C. Rains and thunderstorms are common and humidity is high. Sometimes, a hurricane can also hit inland Santa Clara though years can go by without any. November to March is the driest time of the year with pleasantly warm weather and generally clear and sunny conditions.
Abel Santamaría Airport (SNU) is an international airport. Services include flights with Air Canada to Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa, Air Transat to Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City, CanJet to Toronto, Quebec City, Montreal and Halifax, Cubana de Aviacion to Havana, Montreal, Santiago de Cuba and Toronto, Livingston to Milan, Sunwing Airlines to Winnipeg and Thomas Cook Airlines to Manchester.
Santa Clara is along the main train line that runs between Havana and Santiago de Cuba. There are several trains to/from Havana each day. Camaguey and Santiago de Cuba are served by a daily overnight train and two trains a week also travel during the day in each direction: west on Thursdays and Sundays and east on Mondays and Fridays.
|Casa Mercy||Eduardo Machado # 4 e/Cuba Colón. Santa Clara. Villa Cla||guesthouse||-|
|Hostal Autentica Pergola||Luis Estévez # 61 entre Independencia [Boulevard y Martí, Villa Clara||Guesthouse||-|
|La Casona Jover||Colón# 167 / San Miguel and Nazareno||guesthouse||-|
Santa Clara Marriott
|2700 Mission College Boulevard||hotel||-|
|Casa Particular Santa Clara||Calle Cuba #227(altos) entre Sindico y Pastora||Guesthouse||-|
|ApartHostal Eva y Ernesto||J.B.Zayas # 253A Btwn Berenguer y Padre Tuduri||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostal Javier y Katia.||calle: colón # 225 e/ sindico y nazareno.||Guesthouse||-|
|La Caridad||Calle San Pablo (R.G.Garofalo) numero 19,entre las calles: Maximo Gomes y Luis Esteves||Guesthouse||-|
|La Casa de Ana||Nueva (Street) #6||Apartment||-|
|Hostal Vista Park||1 Leoncio Vidal||Hostel||-|
|Hostal Jose Ramon||Hostel||-|
|Hostal Simón||7ma 619 e/ 6ta and 8va||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostal Oshun||58 B.Martinez, Between street E.P.Morales and Gral Roloff Reparto Centro||Hostel||-|
|Hostal Jose Ramon||Maximo Gomez st No208||Hostel||-|
See also International Telephone Calls
Correos de Cuba operates the Cuban postal service. They are generally quite slow, and delivery is never guaranteed. Mail is read by Cuba’s censors; avoid politically sensitive comments. Also, never send cash! Post offices (correos) usually are open weekdays 8:00am to 6:00pm and on Saturday 8:00am to 3:00pm, but hours can vary widely. Most tourist hotels accept mail for delivery as well, which might be a better option. International airmail (correo aereo) averages from at least 2 weeks to over one month, and even domestic posts might take 1-2 weeks. When mailing from Cuba, write at least the country destination in Spanish (as well). International postcards, cost CUC 0.50 to all destinations; letters cost CUC 0.80. Within Cuba, letters cost from 15 centavos (20 grams or less) to 2.05 pesos (up to 500 grams); postcards cost 10 centavos. Stamps are available in US dollars as well (if buying at hotels, this is actually your only option) and can be bought at hotels and blue and white kiosks labelled Correos de Cuba. Parcels from Cuba must be unwrapped for inspection. It is far better to send packages through an express courier service, like DHL or the Cuban local one (called EMS), although the same regulation applies.
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