Activities & Sports
The coastal beaches have all the services and water sports, like kayaking or sailing and windsurfing, ready to use. Dining & Nightlife
Great scuba diving and snorkeling with extremely well-preserved coral reefs and crystal clear waters. The Sigua, Daiquiri, Bucanero and Sierra Mar diving areas are part of the 73 regional dive sites.
The Marina Punta Gorda has excellent docking facilities and offers sailing tours. From here you can rent a boat for a wonderful fishing expedition in fresh waters.
Go on a horseback ride on the mountain paths.
Tropicana Santiago is a grand cabaret devoted mostly to Cuban-Caribbean rhythms. But it also features other fine artistic performances and excellent cuisine and beverages. Another one to try is the San Pedro del Mar Cabaret.
There are countless bars and discotheques to party the night away. Some mentions include the Club Tropical, Club la Iris (with karaoke) and Club 3000.
Traditional and cultural performances abound as well at the Casa de la Tradiciones Populares, Casa de la Trova and Cafe-concert Niagara to name a few.
Restaurants offering traditional fare include El Morro, Casa Granda, Santiago 1900 and Casa de Don Antonio. This is a great city to try out a Cuban paladar, a private (non state) restaurant that is usually family run. A safe one to try is the Paladar Salon Tropical that offers often chickpea stew, pork cordon bleu, shish kabobs, liver, and barbecued chicken. Shopping
Cuban cigars, rum and coffee are the most popular souvenirs, followed by wood handicraft and congas. Cuban music recordings are a must as well.
Santiago de Cuba claims to have some of the best rum in all the Caribbean.
Flying time from:Note:
Toronto: Approximately 3 hours 30 minutes.
Montreal: Approximately 4 hours.
Languages: Spanish, English widely spoken in tourist areas.
Currency: CUC (Cuban Convertible Peso); CAD dollars easily exchanged but subject to 8% conversion fee (10% for US dollars and 11.24% for credit card charges). US-issued credit cards and travellers cheques are not accepted in Cuba.
Climate: Santiago has a tropical hot climate that is moderated by trade winds. The rainy season runs from May through October.
Electricity: 110V or 220V (converters required) depending on hotel.
Canadian citizens require a valid passport to enter Cuba. All other nationalities please consult a vacation specialist or the Cuban Consulate at (416)234-8181 or the Cuban Tourist Board at (416) 362-0700.
Cuba tourist cards are supplied & validated with vacation packages. Some restrictions apply to tourists 18 years & under, when travelling without parents.
Some hotels require credit card imprint upon check-in for any incidental charges. Hotel check-in is typically between 3pm and 4pm. If your flight arrives early, it is a good idea to pack essential items in your carry-on luggage (i.e. bathing suit, suntan lotion, medications, etc.), so you do not miss any valuable vacation time.
IMPORTANT:Each travelling passenger is responsible to pay a local departure tax in Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC). This fee is payable in cash at the airport in destination prior to boarding your flight, in the amount of CUC$25 (subject to change).