Cuba Santiago de Cuba
A vibrant tradition of music and dance lies at the heart of Santiago de Cuba.
Cuba’s second city, at the eastern end of the island, has a different ambience from the capital. Open to influences from other parts of the Caribbean and with a notable African presence, it has a vibrant tradition of music and dance drawing on all these cultures. The centre reflects this diversity, with a chaos of architectural styles, including art deco. Elsewhere the Spanish colonial influence dominates, with squat pastel houses shaded by palms and fruit trees. The city’s history and geography is interwoven with that of the Castro Revolution and is known as the Ciudad Héroe.
Holidays Santiago de Cuba
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Parakeet: Cuba Beyond the beach
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Where to go when - our guide to Santiago de Cuba
The weather in Santiago de Cuba is wide and varied
A vibrant tradition of music and dance lies at the heart of Santiago de Cuba. There are free music events in November, while Carnival in July features some of Cuba’s most exciting celebrations, with colourful parades, explosive rhythms and non-stop dancing. The city is hot throughout the year with plenty of sunshine and temperatures hovering around 30°C. December - May are the driest months, with lower humidity than the wet season of Jun - Nov. Between August and November, hurricanes are possible.View our Santiago de Cuba weather guide
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