Santa Clara
 
"Though touched by
historic events since
 its founding,
 today's Santa Clara is known as 'Che's Town' "
 
 
 
Travel Tales - Images of Cuba - Santa Clara
       

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
ACCOMMODATIONS: Casa Particular
Casa Diana
Well located, simple, clean, comfortable and Diana is a pleasant hostess. (re photos: those are our bags on the second bed, sorry.)  A number of pillow choices are stacked beside the tv.  The room has a small fridge, fan, air-conditioner and private bathroom.   Breakfast was served in the kitchen; we liked that.
Owner:
Dr. Diana Lourdes Romero Campos (doctor of dentistry)
Address:
Colon 236, e/ Sindico y Nazareno, Santa Clara, V.C. Cuba C.P. 50100
Phone: 53 (01 42) 203815  
Email:  edgarrm@ucm.vci.sld.cu
      

 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SEEING THE SIGHTS:
Santa Clara (
founded in 1689) has many historical buildings but it is more recent history which attracts many of today's young travelersThis is known as Che's Town.  This is where revolutionaries under the command of  Ernesto Che Guevara waged the Battle of Santa Clara; a blow which was the beginning of the end of General Fulgencio Batista regime and allowed Fidel Castro's forces to claim victory.  Santa Clara is where Che is entombed and a number of monuments pay tribute to his life and the Battle of Santa Clara.

Tours
GAP Adventures
has a number of tour options for Cuba; the longest being their 15 day Colonial Tour.  Many of the historical city centers are small so we encourage you to tour on your own by walking and/or using bicitaxis and cocotaxis.  It can be more affordable, more flexible and more fun than an organized tour.  Take a Lonely Planet guide book with you for detailed information about the sights to see. 

Remember to take some time, tuck the guide book away, and just enjoy watching citizens going about their daily lives.
 
Night life
You may not know what is happening, but in Santa Clara it is bound to be happening at Club El Mejunje (#12 Calle Marta Abreu). In the ruins of a roofless building with a tree now it's steady occupant, Club Mejunje hosts nightly events.  The night we were there it was salsa dancing in the early evening and later we came back to catch the end scenes of a comedy play.  We hear on Saturday nights there is a drag show, but we didn't have to wait until Saturday as some "dragsters" became our dancing partners. A most memorable night.  Buy something from the bar or bring in your own.
      

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FOOD & DRINK:
For decades Cuba has been criticized for its bland and unimaginative food.  Other than street pizzas, pastries, etc, Cubans tend to eat at home ... mostly for economic reasons.  When Cuba reopened it's doors to tourists in 1997 and began allowing casa particulars (similar to B&Bs), visitors to this country had an opportunity to enjoy home cooked meals. Some of Cuba's best and most reasonably priced meals can be enjoyed in casa particulars.  For dinner and lunch the choice is usually chicken, pork, fish or vegetarian.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner:  In Santa Clara we ate breakfast and dinner at our casa particular. They were tasty and plentiful, so much so, we only had a light snack mid-day.  

Water:  Drinking water in Cuba for visitors should be bottled.  Most Cubans boil the water they use.  Having ice cubes is usually safe at hotels, restaurants and casa particulars that cater to tourists.
 
Drinks:  Cuba is famous for it's rum.  Individual purchased drinks are tourist priced.  Buying bottles of rum and mix at a bar or mercado and mixing your own is common in Cuba.  Beer brands 'Bucanero' and its lighter version 'Cristal' are the two most popular beer offered.  

Snacks:  Pop, chips and cookies are luxury items and are sold in Cuban convertible pesos (CUC$).  If you have national pesos (CUP) you can buy local goods like street pizza for approx 45¢ US, a loaf of bread approx 12¢, ice cream cone approx 7¢) and a glass of sugar cane juice approx 8¢.   The man pictured on the right with red shirt and yellow cap is selling paper cones of Spanish peanuts for about 5¢ each (Buy lots and share with new friends; they are good). 
    

 
 
 
 
TO & FROM:

An easy, comfortable and inexpensive way to go between some cities in Cuba is by ViaZul Bus.  These buses are equipped with toilet and air conditioning.  Buy your ticket ahead to avoid disappointment.