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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“éspedes Park is the main square of Santiago de Cuba, and, as such, bursts with life and joy from morning until evening, although activity gradually increases as it gets dark. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Boutique
“Santiago's shrine to the power of traditional music is still going strong five decades on, continuing to attract big names such as Buena Vista Social Club singer Eliades Ochoa. Warming up on the ground floor in the late afternoon, the action slowly gravitates upstairs where, come 10pm, everything starts to get a shade more caliente.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Hotel
“Hotel Casa Granda - Rooftop Restaurant - the sun is beating down but you are in the shade, the band is doing its thing, you have your ice-cold cocktail in hand and you have the best view in town of the cathedral, Parque Cespedes and Santiago de Cuba as a whole. What more could you ask for?”
  • 10 locals recommend
Church
“Santiago's most important church is stunning both inside and out. There has been a cathedral on this site since the city's inception in the 1520s, though a series of pirate raids, earthquakes and dodgy architects put paid to at least three previous incarnations. The present cathedral, characterized by its two neoclassical towers, was completed in 1922; the remains of first colonial governor, Diego Velázquez, are still buried underneath.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Built in 1516 and one of the oldest houses in Latin America, the Casa de Diego Velázquez boasts sober lines enlivened by a superb loggia with lattice screens. Inside, the Museo de Ambiente Histórico Cubano exhibits a rich collection of furniture dating from the 17C to 19C, presented in chronological order so that visitors can follow the evolution of the Spanish style into something uniquely Cuban.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Museum
“The Moncada Barracks was the second largest military garrison in Cuba, named after the General Guillermón Moncada, a hero of the Cuban War of Independence. The garrison was the site of an armed attack on July 26, 1953 by small group of revolutionaries led by Fidel Castro. Today the garrison is a primary school and there is also a museum.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Park
“weekends, dance and music entertainment for children and adults. WiFi Connection”
  • 7 locals recommend
Landmark
“A Unesco World Heritage Site since 1997, the San Pedro fort sits impregnably atop a 60m-high promontory at the entrance to Santiago harbor, 10km southwest of the city. The stupendous views from the upper terrace take in the wild western ribbon of Santiago's coastline backed by the velvety Sierra Maestra.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Museum
“The history of rum production. The bar of the museum you can taste different types of rum.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Construido en el siglo XVI, el Balcón de Velázquez tenía como función principal la observación del tráfico por mar para evitar los ataques por sorpresa de los piratas y corsarios. El lugar es un bonito destino para una visita a la ciudad de Santiago de Cuba debido a las hermosas vistas que se pueden contemplar desde el mirador del Balcón de Velázquez. A pesar de que sólo algunos muros son los originales de la edificación, la instalación actual los ha integrado y el efecto es igualmente enriquecedor. En la actualidad, la ciudad realiza diversas actividades artísticas y culturales en este lugar, así, podrás asistir a obras de teatro, actuaciones musicales o, incluso, a algún desfile de modas en este emblemático espacio.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Resort
“Just around the corner from Céspedes Park is this dimmed, enveloping nightclub with occasional live music. The place if you want to see Cuban jazz groups perform. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Route
“Enramadas est la rue piétonnière principale de Santiago qui démarre depuis le port et remonte jusqu'à Plaza de Marte. Cette rue est noire de monde dans la journée. On y cotoie les cubains y faisant leurs achats, les joueurs de dominos, les petits orchestres de son, parfois des spectacles de rues, des restaurants et bars. Cette rue montante est aussi agrémentée vers le port de galeries artisanales où vous pourrez acheter des souvenirs ou des objets sculptés. Une ballade à ne pas rater à Santiago (environ 45 mn de marche). ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Si no le gusta la vida nocturna, este lugar es idóneo para disfrutar de buena música tradicional en vivo, comida y coctelería.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“smoke-filled, foot-stomping, front-room feel. Hidden in the gentile Tivolí district, some of Santiago de Cuba's most exciting ensembles, singers and soloists take turns improvising.There's a gritty bar and some colorful artwork.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Establishment
“This is a must do stopover to click some decent pictures of this glorious monument. Very interesting to see the spikes and what is represents from your tour guide. Amazing!”
  • 3 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“smoke-filled, foot-stomping, front-room feel. Hidden in the gentile Tivolí district, some of Santiago de Cuba's most exciting ensembles, singers and soloists take turns improvising.There's a gritty bar and some colorful artwork.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“Disco con musica cubana e internacional, excelente coctelería y buena musica para bailar diferentes ritmos.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Some interesting wall art, a couple of bolero-singing muchachas and a decent menu (if you're happy with chicken and pork) have breathed a bit of life into this once-dingy joint on Plaza Dolores.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Muy buena calidad y precio, de facil acceso a los clientes en el centro de la ciudad.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“lugar ideal,economico,rico,y se come muy bien a un muy buen precio,es un restaurante particular”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Sitting on top of the second floor you can watch the evening fall over Santiago de Cuba. Salon Tropical offers western and Cuban foods and drinks. The fish and lobsters are great. It's a 15 minute walk from the city center but it's worth it.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Restaurant situé en plein air, à 2 pas de l'hotel Melia Santiago. Lieu de rendez-vous de nombreux cubains, la nourriture y est bonne et bon marché. Cet endroit sympathique vaut qu'on s'y arrête pour manger et boire une bonne bière cubaine. ”
  • 1 local recommends

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