Cespedes Park, Santiago de Cuba

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Discover Cuban culture, history, and life together in one attraction when you visit Cespedes Park. Start on one end of the plaza at the municipal building, the site of Fidel Castro's famous speech that declared the victory of the revolution. Then make your way through the crowds of locals and tourists--you'll find them conversing with others, performing dances and music, peddling their wares, and touring the sights. The park is surrounded by buildings of cultural significance, including a cathedral. Put Cespedes Park on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Santiago de Cuba trip builder.
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  • Nice square. Beautiful old buildings. Here you can find Cuba`s oldest building. Good just to sit down (if you can bare heat) and watch the flowing crowd and also good to make nice photos. You can sit....  more »
  • Although this is not a large area there are interesting historical colonial buildings such as the Cathedral, Casa Granda hotel and a Museum which is housed in what was one of the oldest homes in...  more »
  • I recommend going to the 5th floor to get a good vantage point of the area. It was safe during the day but very different during the night as I was approached by shady people who offered various...  more »
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  • Best square in Santiago de Cuba, also best WiFi signal we found in the whole of Cuba and we could actually download some podcasts on the signal. We spent a few afternoons siting in the Casa Grande terrace drinking slightly inflated crystal beer. Good place to people watch but a lot of beggars come round the park in the evening and some are quite persistent.
  • Incredible place to walk and explore full of cuban people with lot of Cuban Guaguanco, and also there is so many coffe shops and the famous Bodeguita del Medio near by this park!!👌🏼
  • A park that is very popular with the locals
  • Nice place to hangout and see a live bands for free.
  • In Céspedes Park, people of all ages meet and you can hear scraps of conversations and laughter everywhere. All kinds of initiatives are performed, like cultural, social or political, where a good number of people use to participate. Another very attractive activity that gathers to numerous public is the execution of the traditional danzon by musicians from other decade who still reminds a time in which those rhythms used to permeate the Cuban air. Structurally, the park has an ample square-tiled floor whose entry is in a wall with functional grilles that can be used as benches. Locals use to sit there and rest for a while of the intense heat from the Caribbean sun. On the other side, if you decide to opt for a stroll, the large garden is divided into four parcels through two narrow tracks strategically located, both in horizontal and vertical, that allows to comfortably the whole square. In the middle of the square, you can see a magnificent bust in bronze of Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, the landowner who started in 1868 the struggle for the Cuban Independence.

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