Guantánamo , city,
capital of Guantánamo prov., SE
Cuba, on the Guaso River. It is the processing center for
a rich sugar- and coffee-producing region and has road and
rail connections with Santiago de Cuba. Founded in the early
19th cent. by Frenchmen fleeing the slave rebellion in Haiti,
Guantánamo retains many vestiges of French architecture.
The city is c.20 mi (30 km) inland from its port, Caimanera,
on landlocked Guantánamo Bay,. where the United States
maintains an important naval station. Often called the Pearl
Harbor of the Atlantic, the base has naval installations covering
c.45 sq mi (116 sq km).
Its site was leased to the United States in 1903 by a treaty
that was renewed in 1934; consent of both governments is needed
to revoke the agreement. Since 1960 the Cuban government has
refused to accept the token annual rent ($5,000) from the
United States and has pressured for the surrender of the base.
In the mid-1990s thousands of refugees fleeing Cuba and Haiti
were temporarily housed at the base.
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Guantanamo is geographically Cuba's southeastern most point, an exceptionally beautiful, natural and large subtropical bay surrounded by vibrant vegetation and a unique semicircle of low slung mountains. To the West of the province you will find the semi-desert “Los Cerros de los Monitongos” mountains. Renowned nationally as the driest place in Cuba, its unusual climate and terrain looks more like the Gobi desert than part of what is essentially a tropical Cuba. This unique microclimate brings with it a unique [...]
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The nearest major airport is Mariana Grajales Airport (GAO / MUGT). This airport has domestic flights and is 16 km from the center of Guantanamo, Cuba. Another major airport is Antonio Maceo Airport (SCU / MUCU), which has international and domestic flights from Santiago de Cuba, Cuba and is 101 km from Guantanamo, Cuba. Orestes Acosta Airport (MOA / MUMO) has domestic flights from Moa, Cuba and is 111 km from Guantanamo, Cuba. Gustavo Rizo Airport (BCA / MUBA) has [...]
Viazul Cuba Bus Service is the perfect option to visit Guantanamo. For those of you who don't wish to Rent a Car in Guantanamo the Viazul bus service will take you across Cuba and to Guantanamo in comfort. Buses are new air-conditioned models with onboard WC, central TV and lower suitcase compartment. Unless you intend to take the bus the moment you arrive, in most cases there is no need to book in advance as extra buses are added to [...]
Plaza Mariana Grajales is the largest public square in with a huge and ostentatious Monument in honor of the Cuban Heroes, glorifying the Brigada Fronteriza that defends the supposedly advancing trench of socialism on the American continent. Yes this large monument dominates Plaza Mariana Grajales at just under 1km northwest of the train station and opposite Hotel Guantanamo. It’s one of the more impressive ‘Revolution squares’ on the island. Oddly enough, this is an immense green space in a city [...]