Sancti Spiritus City

Latin for “Holy Spirit”, Sancti Spiritus sits on the banks of the Yayabo River, cocooned inside the illustrious Sancti Spiritus Province. This beautifully preserved city is a favorite for visitors who desire to a  pure colonial experience detached from the main tourist trail. It is one of the oldest Spanish settlements, founded in 1514 as one of Diego Velazquez’ seven original villas.  It is also home to the famous “guayabera”, the very popular pleated, buttoned-down shirt that is a symbol of the Caribbean gentleman. A city filled with narrow streets and hundreds of well preserved old colonial buildings, that combine many legends and myth, it underwent a major beautification in 2014 to celebrate its 500th anniversary. Visually, at least, it's not far off rivaling Trinidad.