May 2012 - The victory at Santa Clara led by Che Guevara in 1958 was the final strategic military battle that liberated Cuba from the corrupt Fulgencio Batista government. Today, Santa Clara is home to the Che memorial.
Santa Clara is not the prettiest city but it is very lively. The heavy street traffic is a great way to see Cubans going about their daily business. Less tourists also mean a more authentic experience.