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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 Church in Remedios

Parroquia de San Juan Bautista de Remedios

One of the island's most interesting and oldest ecclesiastical buildings, Remedios' main church dates from around 1550, although much of the current structure is the result of extensive 18th-century renovations. The…
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…
Cuban in Caibarién

La Taberna

The narrow entrance gives little away, but rather like Dr Who's Tardis, La Taberna is bigger inside than out. Walk in through the narrow bar done out with a buccaneering theme, pass the mini dance floor and stage (d…
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…
Museum in Caibarién

Museo de Agroindustria Azucarero Marcelo Salado

Three kilometers past the crab statue on the Remedios road lies this former sugar mill (decommissioned in 1998), which is now a museum. Of the four preserved sugar mills in Cuba, it's probably the best. On the campu…