Photography by @maldemar

Considered the cultural capital of Cuba, Santiago de Cuba is situated in the southeast sector of the island with a rooted identity permeated by Afro-Caribbean influence. We dove deep into the world of this Cuban destination to discover all that the eclectic city has to offer, including the lush Jardín Ave del Paraíso, as seen on the cover of our winter 2020 issue.


Stay

A unique five-star hotel, Meliã Santiago de Cuba provides a hospitality experience unlike any other in the region. Conveniently located near the Teatro Heredia conference center, Meliã hosts a number of onsite amenities, including three swimming pools, a shopping plaza, a multipurpose sport court, and a lounge bar with fabulous panoramic views of the city.


Dine

Situated in the heart of the city, Roy’s Terrace Inn is a great destination to savor traditional home-cooked Cuban cuisine while taking in wonderful rooftop views of the Tivoli neighborhood, the cathedral and Sierra Maestra’s southern ridge. Acting as a full-service B & B, Roy’s opens its two beautifully decorated terraces on the daily, inviting those looking for an afternoon sip or an early dinner to enjoy everything the prime destination serves up.


Do

One of the most popular attractions this coastal city has to offer is La Gran Piedra, a giant boulder most likely formed by a volcanic eruption. Not far from this site lies vast Jardín Ave del Paraíso, a former coffee plantation turned garden that dates back as far as 1860. Guests are welcome to explore the dense foliage solo or enlist a guide to show them around the garden and explain more about the history, the flora and the like.