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Av. Capitán Raúl Perozo, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

They may not be the first place one thinks of visiting while on vacation, but cemeteries can be fascinating spots to get a different perspective on local history and culture. This is true anywhere, but Santiago’s Santa Ifigenia is especially...

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Avenida Moncada, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

The action that sparked the Cuban Revolution in earnest was the attack on Santiago’s Cuartel de Moncada, or Moncada Barracks, on July 26, 1953. Castro and his rebel crew were outnumbered and several key guerrillas were captured and executed....

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Bartolomé Masó, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

As the birthplace of some of Cuba’s best-known musicians, including the late Compay Segundo and several other artists from the globally popular Buena Vista Social Club, Santiago has some serious musical bona fides. But they’re not...

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Calle Heredia, 301, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

Like many museums in Cuba, this one could benefit from some modernizing, but it’s still worth stopping in to learn more about Cuba’s Carnaval celebrations. Interpretive text is in Spanish only, but the costumes and Carnaval accessories...

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Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

More than one visitor has joked that someone could make a mint by selling “I Made It to the Top of the Piedra” T-shirts, and after you scramble to the highest point of the Big Rock (and then back down again), you’ll understand...

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Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

Cuban-Spanish fusion is how the Spanish owner of this restaurant describes his cuisine. Shrimp, lobster and ceviche are among the most popular menu items. Many visitors agree that the setting is as delightful—if not more so—as the...

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Santa Rita No. 177 entre Corona y Hospital, 177 Santa Rita, Santiago de Cuba 90100, Cuba

Even if you don’t overnight at the inn, you can enjoy fresh, home-cooked meals at this paladar that receives rave reviews not only for its flavor, but also for its charming setting and its warm and friendly service. Meals are served alfresco...

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Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

This small, light-filled gallery is named for René Valdés Cedeño, a visual artist who was most renowned for his sculptures. Valdés died in 1976, but some of his pieces, as well as drawings, paintings, sculptures and...

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Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

Don't expect an endless selection at La Alameda, but if you're curious about state-run shops and the kind of inventory they carry, it's worth taking a turn through this tienda. You're not likely to find souvenirs here, but La Alameda is a good...