Eastern Cuba Sights

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Reparto Vista Alegre Review

This elegant neighborhood of mansions is a place of historical splendor. French-inspired plantation homes, stately Spanish colonial mansions, even art-deco gems are beautifully decaying amid riotous vegetation under the clear Caribbean sun. Chevy Bel Airs and Cadillacs from the late 1950s roll down the wide, quiet streets where time seems to have frozen four decades ago, just before the Revolution. The district, framed in bougainvillea and hibiscus, resembles Havana's Vedado and older residential neighborhoods in Miami.

Look for the four-story, peach Palacio de Pioneros, a mansion that once belonged to rum baron Pepe Bosch but now is a school for Young Pioneers. The building is easy to find, thanks to the Soviet MIG fighter jet in the front yard. Av. Manduley y Calle 11, Santiago de Cuba, Santiago de Cuba.

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