Eastern Cuba: Places to Explore

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Guantánamo

Despite its scenic parks and aging manses on wide palm-lined streets, many feel that the eponymous provincial capital is ugly and boring. The people, however, are beautiful and vibrant. Much of the populace is descended from immigrants from Haiti, Jamaica, and other Caribbean nations, who came to cut cane in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Some residents still speak English.

The town is also the home base of the Orquestra Revé, and local musicians, who mix modern tropical music and traditional Afro-Cuban drumming known as son-changuí, play around town. The traditional lyrics to Cuba's most famous song, "Guantanamera," are about a beautiful woman from here.

Guantánamo at a Glance

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