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Guide to Santiago | Esencia Experiences

by | Dec 21, 2015

A guide to Santiago; one of Cuba’s most vibrant cities!

If you’re visiting Cuba and want to visit a city, Havana is probably at the top of your list. It’s the most famous city in the country, and internationally recognised. Havana is an undoubtedly amazing place, and one you should definitely pay a visit to – no trip to Cuba is complete without experience this incredible city! Although, when you visit Cuba, Havana is certainly not the only city for you to explore….

There are many other cities across Cuba that are so beautiful and full of life and culture, and you’ll be missing out if you don’t experience them. One of the most famous Cuban cities outside of Havana is Santiago. If this is a city on your list of places to visit, we’ve put together a quick guide to Santiago, and everything you need to know before you arrive.

History; the basics you need to know about Santiago

Santiago is the Southernmost city in Cuba, which means it’s also one of the hottest! It’s the second largest city in the country, and an important sea port for the Cuban people. Although Santiago is far away from Havana, there are plenty of internal flights between the two cities, so it is easy to fit them both into your trip.

Like other cities in Cuba, Santiago is hot, it’s bustling, it’s busy and crowded; and that’s the beauty of it! There’s always so much going on, and the atmosphere is electric with people going about their lives and enjoying themselves. When you’re in the city, you’ll always feel part of a larger movement of people, and never run out of things to see and do; while your senses may feel overwhelmed in the moment, we guarantee the things you experience here will stay with you forever! It really is a one of a kind place.

What can you do in Santiago?

No guide to Santiago would be complete without mentioning the vivacious art scene of the city; it’s one of Cuba’s cultural hotspots! Santiago is a hive of creativity, and the art and music scene here is really thriving. It’s the home to many famous Cuban artists and musicians, and they have really left their mark on the city – there are countless galleries and love music venues, all of which will keep you thoroughly entertained.

Santiago is also a seaside city, on the edge of the sparkling Caribbean sea, and you should definitely head down to this area during your stay. Explore the busy port and take a dip in quieter areas of the shoreline, to cool off after a day exploring!

Our quick guide to Santiago will have given you just a taste of what you can get up to in this brilliant city; it may not be as famous as Havana, but you’ll make just as many memories here! If you’d like to include Santiago in your Esencia Experience luxury holiday, please contact us, and we’ll make it happen….


For more information on other cities that you may want to visit in Cuba, check out our Cuba cities guide.

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