The second largest city on the island of Cuba, Santiago de Cuba, was founded in the beginning of the 16th century. Rich in history, we can clearly see the French and Spanish influence in its architecture. Colorful, Caribbean-style, it offers an impressive view on the magnificent Caribbean Sea.
If the weather permits, put on your hiking boots and head to Turquino National Park. Hiking aficionados will be in heaven! Indeed, the highest peak in Cuba, Pico Turquino (1974 meters), is located in this National Park, right at the heart of the Sierra Maestra.
With its rich historical heritage, the city of Santiago de Cuba is worth a visit! We strongly recommend you to go to the Fortified Castle of San Pedro de la Roca. There you will have an impressive view of the Caribbean Sea and you will learn a lot about the history of Santiago de Cuba. Then, you should head to the magnificent Cathedral of Santiago de Cuba, the Carnival Museum, and the famous Emilio Bacardi (rum maker) Museum.
Santiago de Cuba is a great choice for snorkeling! Fish, corals, wrecks, and caves… A real diving paradise!
There are two types of currency available in Cuba: the Cuban Peso (currency used by Cubans) and the Convertible Cuban Peso (currency used by tourists). Canadian travelers are advised to bring Canadian dollars which can be exchanged on site for local currency.
Voltage is 220V in most hotels. If your devices only work on 110V, be sure to bring a converter.
Electrical outlets are generally able to accommodate flat plugs (such as those used in North America) and round pin plugs (such as those used in Europe). On the other hand, remember that some older hotels can only take round pin plugs. Please remember to bring a power adapter and a converter.
It is strongly recommended that your Canadian passport be valid for at least 6 months after the date of your return from travel. For more information, visit the Government of Canada's website.
For travel requirements such as vaccination, quarantine, PCR testing, we recommend reviewing the Sherpa tool.
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