Introducing Santa Clara
While Varadero courts beach-lovers and Trinidad pulls in history geeks, gritty Santa Clara doesn’t stand on ceremony for anyone. Smack bang in the geographic center of Cuba, this is a city of new trends and insatiable creativity, where an edgy youth culture has been testing the boundaries of Cuba’s censorship police for almost a decade. Unique Santa Clara offerings include Cuba’s only official drag show (in Club Mejunje), and the best bona fide rock festival in the country (October’s Ciudad Metal). The city’s fiery personality has been shaped over time by the presence of the nation’s most prestigious university outside Havana, and a long association with Argentinian guerrilla Che Guevara, whose liberating of Santa Clara in December 1958 marked the end of the Batista regime.
Santa Clara destination guides
Cuban Highlights Ride
Set off on the ultimate Cuban cycling adventure. Travelling from the crystal waters of Cuban beaches to lush tropical valleys in Topes de Collantes, the Cuban Highlights Ride showcases the very best of this charismatic Caribbean island.
Cuba Music & Dance
Delve into the vibrant musical culture of Cuba, one of the world's most invigorating and passionate cultures. Get caught up the Rumba of Havana, take a salsa classes in Trinidad, visit the legendary 'cave disco', learn to play traditional Cuban music and record your own track with local musicians in Santiago de Cuba.