Santiago de Cuba located south-east of Havana is the second largest city of the country. Because of its Spanish-American military architecture it is an UNESCO World Heritage site. Santiago the Cuba is especially known for its traditional dances, such as salsa. The city is surrounded by the Sierra Maestra, making it a hot and very humid place.
Santiago de Cuba with its small hills separated by narrow beaches offers a big variety of fish, crustaceans and mollusks to observe. Fossils are forming caves and tunnels, all covered by majestic gorgonians and sponges. The bottoms hide shipwrecks where you can personally feed enormous groupers. For divers, interested in history, the sunken warships from the Battle of Santiago de Cuba, which sank during the Spanish-American War in 1898, are worth a visit. These include the cruisers "Cristobal Colon", "Almirante Oquendo" and "Vizcaya" and the destroyers "Furor" and "Pluton", as well as the US steamer "Merrimac".