About Santiago de Cuba
Santiago de Cuba is the capital city of Santiago de Cuba Province in the south-eastern area of the island nation of Cuba, some 869 km (540 miles) east south-east of the Cuban capital of Havana. The municipality extends over 1,023.8 square kilometers (395 sq miles), and contains the communities of El Caney, Guilera, Antonio Maceo, Bravo, Castillo Duany, Leyte Vidal and Moncada. Historically Santiago de Cuba has long been the second most important city on the island after Havana, and still remains the second largest. It is on a bay connected to the Caribbean Sea and is an important sea port. In 2004 the city of Santiago de Cuba had a population of about 494,337 people. Regular domestic flights from Havana and limited international flights. Overland transfers from Havana around 12 hours.