Eastern Cuba: Places to Explore

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Santiago de Cuba

To earn the title Hero City, Santiago has played an important role in island history, from the beginnings of the wars for independence to Castro. Yet it also has an independent spirit, bred through its isolation from Havana and its tradition of trading with and welcoming settlers from neighboring Caribbean islands.

The city's unique architecture blends Caribbean, Spanish, and other European influences. The African roots of its people are among the most pronounced in Cuba, and this adds considerable flavor to the food as well as a lyrical lilt to the Spanish that's spoken here. There's often music in the air, from hypnotizing Cuban salsa to the folksy nueva trova to the latest Latin ballads.

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