Santiago de Cuba

Overview

The second largest city in Cuba after Havana, Santiago de Cuba is a gleaming cultural capital lying on the Santiago de Cuba Bay with the towering Sierra Maestra Mountains providing the perfect backdrop. The city’s close proximity to Jamaica and other Caribbean isles has created an extremely diverse metropolis unlike any other Cuban city. The mix of Cuban and Caribbean culture blends delightfully and can be seen throughout its art and architecture, heard in its music, and tasted in its cuisine.

The San Pedro de la Roca del Morro Castle located in Santiago de Cuba is one of Cuba’s several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and has guarded the entrance to the Santiago de Cuba Bay since 1638.

Things To Do

The San Pedro de la Roca del Morro Castle

On a visit to Santiago, our local guides will escort you to the historic Morro Castle. This magnificent fortress was built initially in 1589 to prevent raids on Havana harbor. The well preserved fortress is still home to the current harbor master and houses a small underwater archaeology exhibition. After the Morro Castle tour, you visit the Plaza de Revolution, one of the largest city squares in the world. Famous for hosting political rallies, the “square” also houses a 358 foot tall memorial, the National Library, and the National Theater of Cuba.

This activity is available on the following cruises: