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Introduction

Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba

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Santiago de Cuba is a city located in the south east of the Cuba, about 870 kilometres from Havana, the capital. It is the second largest city with population of about half a million.

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Sights and Activities

  • San Pedro de la Roca, the local citadel is on the UNESCO World Heritage List as "the most complete, best-preserved example of Spanish-American military architecture, based on Italian and Renaissance design principles".
  • Baconao Park is a large biosphere park, about 20 kilometres from the city

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Getting There

By Plane

Antonio Maceo Airport (SCU) serves Santiago de Cuba.
Domestic destinations include Havana, Holguin, Varadero, Caya Coco, Cayo Largo del Sur and Cienfuegos. International flights go to Montreal, Port-au-Prince, Santo Domingo, Toronto, Paris, Madrid and Ottawa.
There are scheduled charters to Miami as well.

By Train

Trains to Havana leave on a regular basis but are much slower than buses. They mostly take around 15-20 hours one way.

By Bus

Buses serve most cities throughout Cuba, including regular night services (12 hours) to Havana.

By Boat

Apart from the odd cruiseship, there are no scheduled services or other boats at all.

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Sleep

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PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Esperanza HomestayGral. Portuondo (Trinidad) #604 entre Pio Rosado (Carniceria) & Moncadaguesthouse-
Hospedaje MariaRey Pelayo 83 e/ Reloj y CalvarioHotel-
Casa NiviaGeneral Portuondo (Trinidad) No 510 Hartman y General BanderasGuesthouse-
Santiago Center Green ColonialSan Félix (Hartmann) No. 313 313 entre Trinidad (General PoHostel-
Hostal Aimee y FranciscoSanta Rita # 465. Entre Reloj y Calvario. Centro de la CiudadGuesthouse-
Hostal Arnulfo y PuchaRey Pelayo 129 betwen Clarin y Reloj Santiago de CubaHostel-
Casa Colonial NiviaStreet General Portuondo 510 =Street Trinidad 510Guesthouse-
La Terraza RosaCalle Bravo Correoso 314 entre Calle 9n y Calle 10Hostel-
Amancer GuesthouseCalle Santa Rita 465Hostel-
Hostel San CarlosSan Carlos or P. Salcedo St163Hostel-

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Keep Connected

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Post

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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