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Top Choice Live Music in Santa Clara

Club Mejunje

Urban graffiti, children's theater, transvestites, old crooners belting out boleros, tourists dancing salsa. You've heard about 'something for everyone,' but this is ridiculous. Welcome to Club Mejunje, set in the r…
Top Choice Cuban in Santa Clara

Restaurant Florida Center

The Florida has been Santa Clara's best restaurant for at least a decade. The food is as good as the experience. Diners eat in a colonial, plant-festooned, candlelit courtyard full of interesting antiques. Owner Áng…
Top Choice Monument in Santa Clara

Conjunto Escultórico Comandante Ernesto Che Guevara

The end point of many a Che pilgrimage, this monument, mausoleum and museum complex is 2km west of Parque Vidal (via Rafael Tristá on Av de los Desfiles), near the Víazul bus station. Even if you can't stand the Arg…
Top Choice Bar in Santa Clara

La Marquesina

You can chinwag and neck a cold bottled beer with locals of all types in this legendary dive bar under the porches of the equally legendary Teatro la Caridad on the corner of Parque Vidal. The clientele is a potpour…
Landmark in Santa Clara

Melaíto Murals

Heading west on Carretera Central (the extension of Marta Abreu), you'll reach a series of comic book–style murals, the work of a local graphic artists' collective called Melaíto, which produces a monthly supplement…
Cafe in Santa Clara

Cafe-Museo Revolución

You say you want a revolution… Well, Santa Clara's a good place to start. It's already had one, successfully ignited by Che Geuvara in 1958. This new cafe pays homage to Santa Clara's (and Cuba's) revolutionary past…
Square in Santa Clara

Parque Vidal

A veritable alfresco theater named for Colonel Leoncio Vidal y Caro, who was killed here on March 23, 1896, Parque Vidal was encircled by twin sidewalks during the colonial era, with a fence separating blacks and wh…
Monument in Santa Clara

Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado

History was made at the site of this small boxcar museum on December 29, 1958, when Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and a band of 18 rifle-wielding revolutionaries barely out of their teens derailed an armored train using a b…
Factory in Santa Clara

Fábrica de Tabacos Constantino Pérez Carrodegua

Santa Clara's tobacco factory, one of Cuba's best, makes a quality range of Montecristos, Partagás and Romeo y Julieta cigars. Tours here are lo-fi compared to those in Havana, and so the experience is a lot more in…
Museum in Santa Clara

Museo Provincial Abel Santamaría

Not actually a memorial to Señor Santamaría (Fidel's right-hand man at Moncada), but rather a small provincial museum quartered in former military barracks where Batista's troops surrendered to Che Guevara on Januar…