Santiago is Cuba’s largest urban area outside Havana, and the hub of the eastern half of Cuba. Santiago's main draw card undoubtedly is its music. However there are other features to this city that will keep the visitor more than interested. Santiago was the capital of Cuba for a time, the place where the Bacardi family invented their rum brand, and the birthplace of the rebel movement that went on to become the Cuban Revolution and the Cuban Government for over half a century
Jose Marti - Cuba's ideological father is buried here and so to none other than Fidel Castro himself.
Cuba's cultural capital is a passionate and noisy beauty.
Situated closer to Haiti and the Dominican Republic than to Havana, it leans east rather than west, a crucial factor shaping this city's unique identity, steeped in Afro-Caribbean, entrepreneurial and rebel influences.