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Wrapped around the clear blue waters of the bay of Santiago de Cuba, this historical city sits on the southeast coast of Cuba—almost as far as it’s possible to get from Havana without leaving the mainland. This is a city of history and culture, with castles and colonial houses to fascinate, and clear blue waters and surrounding lush green hills to marvel at. As well as all the sights and local culture to explore, Santiago de Cuba hotel rates offer an option for every budget.

Things to see in Santiago de Cuba

As in the rest of Cuba, visitors here are surrounded by the stories of the country’s most recent and enthralling past. At the top of the list of things to see when you travel in Santiago de Cuba is San Pedro de la Roca del Morro Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site on the outskirts of the city. Aside from its fascinating past, the castle offers spectacular views along the Cuban coastline. Closer to the heart of the city, the Casa de Diego Velázquez is another historical site that shouldn't be missed. Once the home of Cuba’s first governor, this colonial house is the island’s oldest building that’s still standing. Visitors seeking a moment of quiet contemplation can head to the Nuestra Señora de la Asunción cathedral, where the external architecture and interior decoration are certain to impress.

Hotels in Santiago de Cuba

The city has a variety of hotels on offer to visitors. For those looking for luxury hotels in Santiago de Cuba, a number of 4-star hotels provide spacious and comfortable rooms in grand and colorful buildings, and often include restaurants, bars, and swimming pools. Such hotels also offer practical services such as WiFi and launderettes, and are generally situated on the quieter outskirts of the town. For those traveling on tighter budgets, affordable hotels in Santiago de Cuba abound at locations around the city. Hotels are basic but have everything you need for your trip.

Where to stay in Santiago de Cuba

The Parque de Cespedes main square lies at the heart of this city, and is the perfect area to stay in during your visit to Santiago de Cuba. More than just being at the historical center of the city, the Parque de Cespedes has the amenities, such as shops and restaurants, to make this a highly convenient location. Over in the cozy Flores neighborhood, lovers of local culture can enjoy folk music and traditional dance from Folklórica Kokoyé dance company, and drum along to the catchy melodies at the Casa de Caribe, all just a short walk from the city center.

How to get to Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba is served by Antonio Maceo Airport, which welcomes domestic and international flights from various parts of the world, including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, and Montreal. Passengers traveling from elsewhere can transit via Havana—several flights depart from José Martí International Airport to Santiago each day, with a journey time of around 2 hours. Visitors can also reach Santiago by bus from other Cuban cities, though the journey all the way from Havana is only for the most hardened of bus passengers as the drive takes some 16 hours.