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Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba is the second-largest city in Cuba, located in the southeastern part of the island. It is the capital of Santiago de Cuba Province and the major port city in the Caribbean. Santiago de Cuba is known for its vibrant culture, vibrant nightlife, and its rich history.

The city is located on the coast of the Caribbean Sea, at the mouth of the Bay of Santiago. It has a tropical climate, with hot and humid summers and mild winters.

Santiago de Cuba has a rich history, with its origins dating back to the 16th century. It was the first capital of Cuba, and the site of many important events in Cuban history. In 1868, it was the site of the first Cuban revolt against Spanish rule. In 1898, it was the site of the Battle of Santiago de Cuba, which was a decisive victory for the Cuban rebels over the Spanish navy.

In the 20th century, Santiago de Cuba was the birthplace of the Cuban Revolution. It was here that Fidel Castro and Che Guevara launched their revolutionary movement, and the city was the site of several major battles during the Cuban Revolution.

Today, Santiago de Cuba is a vibrant city, with a thriving arts and culture scene. It is home to many of Cuba's most important historical sites, including the Moncada Barracks, where the Cuban Revolution began. It is also home to the annual Carnival of Santiago de Cuba, one of the largest and most popular carnivals in the Caribbean.

Excursion tips for a day in Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba is a vibrant city full of culture, music, and history. There are many activities for tourists to enjoy in this vibrant city on a single day. Here is a list of some of the best things to do in Santiago de Cuba:

1. Visit the Cespedes Park and Plaza de Marte, which is the city’s main square.
2. Take a stroll through the cobblestone streets of the historic city center.
3. Visit the Moncada Barracks, a former military fort that was the site of the first battle of the Cuban Revolution.
4. Enjoy a traditional Cuban meal at a local restaurant.
5. Visit the Museum of Colonial History and the Museum of Natural History.
6. Take a tour of the Bacardi Rum Factory and learn about the history and production of the Cuban rum.
7. Enjoy the nightlife and take in some live music at one of the city’s many bars and clubs.
8. Visit the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery and pay your respects to the country’s most famous figures.
9. Take a tour of the city’s many churches and cathedrals.
10. Go for a swim at the nearby beach or take a boat ride along the coast.

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The climate in Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba has a tropical climate with hot and humid weather year-round. In the summer months (May-October), temperatures typically range between 25-30°C, while in the winter months (November-April), temperatures are usually around 22-25°C. The wet season runs from May to October, with heavy rainfall and thunderstorms common. The dry season runs from November to April, with little rainfall and sunny days. The city is also prone to hurricanes and tropical storms during the summer and autumn months.

Cruise weather for Santiago de Cuba

Our weather forecast for Santiago de Cuba helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 31.7 °C
min: 24.5 °C
12.6 m/s
18.7 m/s
34.7 %
24.1 m
73.1 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 32.1 °C
min: 24.1 °C
15.5 m/s
20.2 m/s
48.4 %
24.1 m
74.4 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 30.9 °C
min: 22.8 °C
13.3 m/s
15.1 m/s
13.3 %
23.8 m
76.3 %
1,017 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 30.7 °C
min: 23.2 °C
15.8 m/s
18.0 m/s
19.4 %
24.1 m
76.9 %
1,018 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 30.7 °C
min: 23.9 °C
12.6 m/s
13.7 m/s
55.3 %
24.1 m
76.4 %
1,018 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 31.6 °C
min: 24 °C
11.5 m/s
14.8 m/s
48.9 %
24.1 m
73.4 %
1,018 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 31.9 °C
min: 24.5 °C
12.6 m/s
20.2 m/s
56.8 %
24.1 m
72.7 %
1,017 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 31.6 °C
min: 23.2 °C
16.9 m/s
15.5 m/s
55.7 %
24.1 m
75.6 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 30.3 °C
min: 22.9 °C
12.2 m/s
11.2 m/s
17.2 %
24.1 m
77.7 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 31.9 °C
min: 23.6 °C
10.8 m/s
10.1 m/s
76.2 %
24.1 m
71.7 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 32.2 °C
min: 24 °C
12.2 m/s
15.1 m/s
72.3 %
23.8 m
75.3 %
1,015 hPa
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 31.6 °C
min: 23.2 °C
14.8 m/s
22.3 m/s
69.1 %
22.6 m
78.9 %
1,015 hPa
Aug. 2nd 2024 Aug. 2nd 2024 max: 31.1 °C
min: 24.9 °C
11.5 m/s
13.0 m/s
77.8 %
24.1 m
78.4 %
1,016 hPa

Cruises to Santiago de Cuba

Would you like to travel to Santiago de Cuba on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Santiago de Cuba.

Scheduled ship calls in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Jan. 3rd 2025 Friday, 3rd of Jan. 2025 MS Hamburg 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Jan. 12th 2025 Sunday, 12th of Jan. 2025 MS Hamburg 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Jan. 21st 2025 Tuesday, 21st of Jan. 2025 MS Hamburg 08:00 am 06:00 pm

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