When's the best time to visit Santiago?
Santiago is hot all the year around but especially in summer when there is little breeze to relieve the high temperatures (Carnival, Jul, is a strong draw though). Oct is the rainiest month but there is plenty of sun all year around. Hurricane and tropical storms are possible Aug - Nov.
For more detailed information visit our When To Go section.
What's the official language in Santiago?
How do I get local currency in Santiago?
For the latest currency information, please see our FAQs page for Cuba.
What's the time difference between Santiago and UK?
GMT -5 hours; usually there is daylight saving in the summer but it is a moveable feast.
What places combine well with Santiago?
Baracoa, (234 km) small, unspoilt colonial coastal town; Camagüey (327 km); Trinidad (581 km) the most well preserved colonial town; the beach at Guardalavaca (174 km).
How do I get to Santiago?
Santiago is 861 km by road from Havana (10+ hours) or 2 hours by air; 138 km from Holguin airport.
What are the festivals, sport and cultural events in Santiago?
Festival de Baile: Santiago, 15-19 May.
A street dance festival.Carnival: Santiago, 18-27 Jul. The biggest and best Carnival in Cuba, incorporating the celebrations of the revolutionaries’ attack on Moncada Barracks on 26 Jul. Buildings are adorned with lights and there are parades and floats.
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