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Tourism and Recreation in Eastern Cuba

Tourist and recreational options in Cuba, which has a strategic location in the Caribbean region, are complemented by dozens of excellent beaches and well-preserved exuberant nature.

A key element is the fact that tourists can spend excellent vacations everywhere in Cuba, from the easternmost region, in the Guanahacabibes peninsula, to the eastern part of the country.

In the latter is Santiago de Cuba, which is the second major city in the island nation and is considered the capital of the Caribbean, due to its privileged location and centuries-old history.

Founded by Governor Diego Velázquez in 1514, it was the Cuban capital until 1607, a period when the city was hit by countless disasters, including an earthquake in 1675 and constant attacks by corsairs and pirates.

Downtown Santiago, where there is a myriad of museums, is the former Arms Square, which is currently known as the Céspedes Park, in honor of the Father of the Homeland, Carlos Manuel de Céspedes.

On the outskirts of the city is Gran Piedra (Large Rock) – the largest rock on earth according to the Guinness Book of Records. The majestic and imposing rock weighs 63,000 tons and is 1,220 meters above sea level.

Troubadours at Céspedes Park
Caridad del Cobre, Cuba`s patron saint
Ruins of La Isabélica coffee farm

Tourists can also visit the Baconao Park, which was declared a biosphere reserve and is famous for its stone zoo in the Valley of Prehistory, the Museum of Transportation and the Promenade of Sculptures.

Near Santiago de Cuba is the Sanctuary of the Lady of Charity of El Cobre, Cuba's patron saint, which is visited every year by thousands of people searching for hopes to make their dreams come true.

Also in eastern Cuba, Las Tunas province offers 35 pristine beaches along more than 260 kilometers of irregular coastline, where several species of Cuban birds can be watched in such sites as the Bay of Malagueta. The province also holds the largest population of American crocodiles in the Caribbean region.

In Holguín is Bariay, where Genoese Admiral Christopher Columbus first landed in Cuba and highlighted the breathtaking beauty of the island.

The province also holds excellent beaches like Guardalavaca, Esmeralda and Pesquero, as well as the Bahía de Naranjo Natural Park and the Chorro de Maíta archeological site, where visitors can learn about aboriginal cultures.

In addition, Granma province has nearly 50 percent of Cuba's historic sites, including the city of Bayamo, the second village founded by the Spanish conquistadors in 1513 and a National Monument.

The Desembarco del Granma (Granma Landing) and Sierra Maestra National Parks complement the tourist offers in eastern Cuba. There, vacationers can watch exclusive plant and animal species, pristine forests and one of the world's most representative systems of carsic marine terraces.

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“Chorro de Maita” Museum
Museums

Cerro de Yaguajay

Holguín
“Emilio Bacardi Moreau” Provincial Museum
Museums

Calle Pío Rosado No. 552 e/ Aguilera y Heredia

Santiago de Cuba
“Jose Joaquin Palma” Theater
Theaters

Calle Carlos Manuel de Céspedes No. 172 e/ Perucho Figueredo y Lora

Granma
“La Isabelica” Museum
Museums

Carretera de la Gran Piedra km. 14

Santiago de Cuba
Acuario Baconao
Places of Interest

Carretera Baconao km 27 1/2

Santiago de Cuba
Alexander von Humboldt National Park
Areas of Natural Interest

Guantánamo
Architectural Complex of the Plaza del Himno (Anthem Square)
Places of Interest

Ciudad de Bayamo

Granma
Bacardí Rum Company
Places of Interest

Calle Peralejo No. 3 e/ Gonzalo Quesada y Narciso López

Santiago de Cuba
Baconao Park
Places of Interest

Carretera de Baconao

Santiago de Cuba
Baconao Reserve of the Biosphere
Areas of Natural Interest

Baconao

Santiago de Cuba
Bahía de Naranjo Natural Park
Areas of Natural Interest

Bahía de Naranjo

Holguín
Bariay Bay and its natural environment
Historic Sites

Bahía de Baray

Holguín
Birthplace of "Father of the Homeland“ Carlos M. de Cespedes
Museums

Calle Maceo No. 57 e/ Donato Mármol y José Joaquín Palma

Granma
Bofill Gallery
Art Galleries

Calle Heredia e/ Pío Rosado y Hartmann

Santiago de Cuba
Calle 24 de Febrero
Monuments

Calle 24 de Febrero s/n (Trocha)

Santiago de Cuba
Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Park
Parks

Calles Aguilera, General Lacret, Heredia y Felix Pena

Santiago de Cuba
Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Park-Revolution Square
Parks

Calles General Calixto García, Antonio Maceo, Libertad y Canducha Figueredo

Granma
Carnival Museum
Museums

Calle Heredia No. 303 e/ Porfirio Valiente y Pío Rosado

Santiago de Cuba
Casa de la Nacionalidad Cubana
Places of Interest

Plaza del Himno No. 36 e/ Antonio Maceo y Padre Batista

Granma
Casa del Caribe
Institutions

Calle 13 No. 154 esq. a 8, Reparto Vista Alegre

Santiago de Cuba
Castle of San Pedro de la Roca
World Heritage Sites

Carretera de El Morro km. 8

Santiago de Cuba
College of St. Basil the Great
Places of Interest

Calle Bartolomé Masó No. 203 e/ Félix Pena y Mariano Corona

Santiago de Cuba
Conjunto de Ruinas de Cafetales Franceses
World Heritage Sites

Sierra Maestra

Santiago de Cuba
Desembarco del Granma National Park
Areas of Natural Interest

Sierra Maestra

Granma
Dolores School
Places of Interest

Calle Mayía Rodríguez No. 451 e/ Aguilera y Heredia

Santiago de Cuba
El Cañón Museum
Museums

Finca San Isidro km 7, carretera de Puerto Boniato a San Luis

Santiago de Cuba
El Cornito Estate
Historic Sites

Carretera Central Oeste km. 9

Las Tunas
El Viso Fort
Parks

Carretera del Escandel

Santiago de Cuba
Gibara "Unión Club" Colonial Theatre
Places of Interest

Calle Sartorio No. 5 e/ Peralta y Luz Caballero

Holguín
Heredia Theater
Theaters

Ave. de Las Américas e/ Ave. de los Desfiles y Prolongación de Angel Salazar

Santiago de Cuba
Historical Museum “July 26”
Museums

Calle Trinidad e/ Ave. Moncada y Carretera Central

Santiago de Cuba
House of Diego Velázquez
Places of Interest

Calle Félix Pena No. 612 e/ Aguilera y Heredia

Santiago de Cuba
Indo-Cuban Bani Museum
Museums

Calle General Marrero No. 305 e/ Ave. José Martí y Carlos M. de Céspedes

Holguín
La Estrella Fortress
Places of Interest

Carretera de Ciudamar km. 8

Santiago de Cuba
La Gran Piedra Natural Park
Areas of Natural Interest

La Gran Piedra

Santiago de Cuba
Lighthouse at Cape Lucrecia
Monuments

Playa Larga de Río Seco

Holguín
Memorial Park of St. John and Tree of Peace (St. John Hill)
Places of Interest

Ave. Pujols s/n km. 1½

Santiago de Cuba
Metropolitan Cathedral
Churches-Places of Cult

Calles Heredia, Félix Pena, Bartolomé Masó y General Lacret

Santiago de Cuba
Moncada Barracks
Places of Interest

Calles General Portuondo, Ave. de los Libertadores y Carlos Aponte

Santiago de Cuba
Museo Ambiente Cubano
Museums

Calle Independencia No. 19 e/ Céspedes y J. Peralta

Holguín
Museo Arquidiocesano
Museums

Calle Heredia esq. a Santo Tomás, Catedral Metropolitana de Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba
Museo de Ciencias Naturales "Tomás Romay"
Museums

Calle Enramadas s/n e/ Barnada y Parais

Santiago de Cuba
Museo de Historia Natural "Joaquín Fernández de la Vara"
Museums

Calle Maceo No. 12 e/ Martí y Luz

Holguín
Museo de Historia Natural "Valle de la Prehistoria"
Museums

Carretera Baconao km. 6 ½

Santiago de Cuba
Museo de la Guerra Hispano-Cubano-Norteamericana
Museums

Carretera de Siboney km. 13 ½

Santiago de Cuba
Museo de La Imagen
Museums

Calle 8 No. 106 e/ 3 y 5, Reparto Vista Alegre

Santiago de Cuba
Museo del Transporte Terrestre
Museums

Carretera Baconao km. 8 ½, Daiquirí

Santiago de Cuba
Museo Municipal de Gibara
Museums

Calle Independencia No. 19, bajos, e/ Céspedes y J. Peralta

Holguín
Museo Municipal de Historia
Museums

Calle Thelmo Esperance No. 515

Holguín
Museo Municipal de Rafael Freyre
Museums

Calle 10 No. 39 esq. a a 9

Holguín
Museo Provincial "General Vicente García"
Museums

Calle Francisco Varona s/n e/ Angel Guerra y Lucas Ortiz

Las Tunas
Museum Dedicated to the Clandestine Struggle
Museums

Calle General Rabí No. 1

Santiago de Cuba
Museum of Cuban Historical Background
Museums

Calle Félix Pena No. 612 e/ Aguilera y Heredia

Santiago de Cuba
Museum of Decorative Arts
Museums

Calle Independencia No. 19, altos, e/ Luz Caballero y J. Peralta

Holguín
Museum of Piracy
Museums

Castillo San Pedro de la Roca del Morro

Santiago de Cuba
Old Sugar Cane Mill Pilar de Jucaibama
Monuments

Carretera a Mabay Km. 4

Granma
Old Villa of San Salvador de Bayamo
Urban Historic Centers

Ciudad de Bayamo

Granma
Old Villa of Santiago de Cuba
Urban Historic Centers

Ciudad de Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba
Our Lady of the Caridad Church (Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Caridad) (Natural Sanctuary of the Caridad del Cobre)
Places of Interest

Carretera al Cobre

Santiago de Cuba
Parish Church of San Salvador de Bayamo and Chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows
Churches-Places of Cult

Plaza del Himno Nacional

Granma
Pico Real del Turquino
Places of Interest

Sierra Maestra

Santiago de Cuba
Provincial Museum of Granma
Museums

Calle Maceo No. 55

Granma
Residence of Tomás Estrada Palma
Historic Sites

Calle Carlos Manuel de Céspedes No. 158 e/ Perucho Figueredo y Lora

Granma
Revolution Square "Major Antonio Maceo"
Monuments

Calles A, Ave. de las Américas, 9 y Carretera Central

Santiago de Cuba
Rum Museum
Museums

Calle Bartolomé Masó No. 358 e/ Pío Rosado y Hartman

Santiago de Cuba
San Fulgencio de Gibara Parish Church
Churches-Places of Cult

Calles Independencia, Martí, Sartorio y Luz Caballero

Holguín
Santa Ifigenia Cemetery
Places of Interest

Ave. Raúl Perozo s/n, Reparto Agüero

Santiago de Cuba
Social Centre of the Spanish Community
Places of Interest

Calle Heredia No. 259 e/ Pío Rosado y Hartman

Santiago de Cuba
Sociedad Tumba Francesa La Caridad de Oriente
Institutions

Calle Los Maceos No. 501 esq. a San Bartolomé, Los Hoyos

Santiago de Cuba
St. John´s Square Complex
Parks

Calles José Martí, Capotico, Amado Estévez y Augusto Márquez

Granma
The Great Rock
Monuments

Carretera de la Gran Piedra km. 14

Santiago de Cuba
The Walls of Gibara and the Barracks Ruins
Historic Sites

Zona oeste de la ciudad

Holguín
Turquino National Park
Areas of Natural Interest

Sierra Maestra

Santiago de Cuba
Velázquez´s Balcony
Places of Interest

Calle Corona No. 660 e/ Heredia y Bartolomé Masó

Santiago de Cuba
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Bayamo
Nature

Carretera de Manzanillo Km 5.5

Granma
Blau Costa Verde / Blau Plus
Beach

Playa Pesquero Nuevo

Holguín
Brisas Covarrubias
Beach

Playa Covarrubias

Las Tunas
Brisas Guardalavaca
Beach

Calle 2 No. 1, Playa Guardalavaca

Holguín
Brisas Sierra Mar
Beach

Carretera Chivirico Km 60

Santiago de Cuba
Casa Granda
City

Calle Heredia No. 201 e/ San Pedro y San Félix

Santiago de Cuba
Cayo Saetía
Nature

Cayo Saetía

Holguín
Club Amigo Atlántico Guardalavaca
Beach

Calle 2, No 1, Playa Guardalavaca

Holguín
Don Lino
Beach

Playa Blanca

Holguín
El Saltón
Nature

Carretera a Filé

Santiago de Cuba
Encanto Royalton
City

Calle Maceo No. 53 e/ General García y José J. Palma

Granma
La Gran Piedra
Nature

Carretera de La Gran Piedra Km 14

Santiago de Cuba
Las Américas
City

Ave. de Las Américas y General Cebreco

Santiago de Cuba
Libertad
City

Aguilera No 658 e/ Serafín Sánchez y Pérez Carbó

Santiago de Cuba
Meliá Santiago
City

Ave. de las Américas y M

Santiago de Cuba
Memories Holguin Beach Resort
Beach

Carretera Guardalavaca, Playa Yuraguanal

Holguín
Paradisus Río de Oro
Beach

Carretera Guardalavaca, Playa Esmeralda

Holguín
Playa Costa Verde
Beach

Playa Pesquero

Holguín
Playa Pesquero
Beach

Playa Pesquero

Holguín
Rancho Club
City

Carretera Central km. 41.5, Alturas de Quintero

Santiago de Cuba
San Juan
City

Carretera a Siboney Km 4.5

Santiago de Cuba
Sol Río de Luna y Mares
Beach

Carretera Guardalavaca, Playa Esmeralda

Holguín
Versalles
City

Carretera del Morro Km 1, Altura de Versalles

Santiago de Cuba
Villa Gaviota Santiago de Cuba
City

Ave. Manduley No. 502 e/ 19 y 21, Reparto Vista Alegre

Santiago de Cuba
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