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Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

Description

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.


Map


What to do in Santiago de Cuba


Hiking

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.


City tour

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.


Snorkeling

Santiago de Cuba is a great choice for snorkeling! Fish, corals, wrecks, and caves… A real diving paradise! 







Temperatures

Maximum (°C)

Minimum (°C)

Precipitation (mm)

Jan.

27

17

10

Feb.

27

16

20

Mar.

28

17

30

Apr.

29

19

40

May

30

20

110

Jun.

31

21

150

Jul.

32

22

120

Aug.

32

22

160

Sep.

31

21

170

Oct.

31

21

160

Nov.

28

19

40

Dec.

27

17

20


Currency

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.

Convertor

CAD
to
CUC

Official language

Spanish is the official language in Cuba. However, since this is a very popular destination for Canadians, it is not uncommon for people to exchange a few words in French or English with all-inclusive hotel staff.

Voltage

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.

Electrical outlet
Electrical outlet

Passport and entry & exit requirements

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.


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