Experience Santiago De Cuba

Santiago de Cuba overview
Fast facts
  • Second-largest city in Cuba on the south-eastern coast
  • Rich history dating back to the early 16th century
  • Considered the island’s cultural capital with Afro-Caribbean influences

Known as the “City of Heroes” because of its important role in the Cuban Revolution, Santiago de Cuba is steeped in history and culture. Surrounded by the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains and overlooking the sparkling Caribbean Sea, this historic city is the ultimate destination for travellers looking to soak in the local culture. Stroll down the picturesque streets of this architecturally-diverse city where you can peruse local markets and listen to live Cuban music. Learn about the area’s rich history that dates back to the 16th century, including the city’s involvement in the Cuban Revolution where the famous attack on the Moncada Barracks by Fidel Castro and his troops took place. The city is also home to Castillo del Morro, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that overlooks the breathtaking bay of Santiago de Cuba and which was built to protect the city from pirate attacks.

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Travel tips

National language: Spanish

Currency: CUC (Cuban Convertible Peso). We recommend travellers bring CAD (Canadian Dollars) to exchange to CUC (Cuban Convertible Peso) at their resort. Please avoid bringing damaged or ripped bills for exchange.

Language notes: Hola! While the local language is Spanish, English is widely spoken in resorts and tourist areas.

Voltage: 110V

Travel tips: Canadian devices use 120 V and will work with 110 V. Many resorts have 120 V plugs. For older devices, items using motors or heating (heated beauty tools, electric toothbrushes) and three-prong plugs we recommend bringing an adaptor with voltage conversion.

What to pack: Don’t know what to bring? Don’t worry. Click Here for a full checklist to print and refer to when packing for your all-inclusive vacation in Santiago de Cuba.

What to buy: Havana Club rum is a popular export due to its high quality and excellent taste. Another famous export and souvenir among tourists are Cohiba cigars. Cuban coffee is well recognized with Cubita Coffee being the most popular brand in the country.

Getting around: Your local Sunwing Experiences representative will handle your airport transfers, providing you with round-trip transportation from the airport to your resort and back. To discover all the incredible things to do and see, Sunwing Experiences will take you on a range of exciting tours and excursions.

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