Santa Cruz has excellent places to go out, evening entertainment with a diverse choice of clubs, bars, discos, restaurants, grills, pastry, ice cream bars and pubs with live music. Around the main square “24 de Septiembre” you will also find several bar/restaurants.
A popular hangout place full of bars, cafés and restaurants is Avenida Monseñor Rivero (also called Boulevard). The Boulevard is a popular destination all day long. It has a row of nice restaurants, bars and cafés serving excellent diverse specialties. Pick one, sit outside and enjoy the ambience.
At the boulevard of “Ventura Mall” you will also find nice restaurants and coffe shops like the well-known “Starbucks” or the “Hard Rock cafe Santa Cruz”
Not enough shopping? Then you should also go to “Las Brisas Mall”.
There are nice restaurants just outside the city as well, some of them are: “La Rinconada”, “Casa del Camba”, “Tapekua Le Mayen”, “Biocentro Guembe”. These restaurants are specially visited by locals on Saturdays and Sundays.
Santa Cruz has numerous events all year round. Worth visiting is carnival (February), Theatre Festival (April-May, odd years), Baroque Music Festival (April-May, even years), Iberoamerican Film Festival (August), Expogourmet and the Wine and Cheese Festival (July-August), International Fair Exhibition Expocruz (September), etc.
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Are you visiting us in the summer? Aqualand is a big summer Aquatic Park with diversion for the whole day. It has many attractions, water slides and a gigantic pool with artificial waves. Playland is another nice Aquatic Park, with pools, aquatic attractions and electronic games. Both are close during winter time (from June until August)
The Cine Center Complex is a modern cinema surrounded by some hip bars, trendy restaurants and a shopping mall. It’s a popular hangout place for locals. In the same area of the city (South) you can also find “Bella Vista Cines”. Cine CBA is the alternatieve downtown with interesting movies.
If you want to combine some shopping with real cinema experience then you should try “Cinemark” inside the Ventura Mall or “Multicines” inside Las Brisas shopping Mall.
Movies are usually shown in their original language with Spanish subtitles.
Depending on your interests, the following museums can be worth visiting:
- Museum of religious art. The museum is inside of cathedral at the main plaza and the worlds smallest book can be found here;
- Regional History Museum (located in front of the post office neat the main square);
- Contemporaneous Art Museum
- Ethno-Folklorist Museum
Contact us for the exact location of each museum.
Butterfly Farm & Orchid Exhibition
Only 25 minutes from the centre of Santa Cruz , there is a butterfly farm and a gigantic bird dome. Part of the park are also a nice orchid garden and natural pools and lagoons. Tours can be booked in our office.
A great way to get to know more about Santa Cruz´ history is to take a city tour by bus. The tour takes approximately 3 hours. Contact us for more information.
Plaza 24 de Septiembre
The main plaza of Santa Cruz (Plaza 24 de Septiembre) is a nice place to sit down, read a book, watch people or play a game of chess with the locals. Around the plaza there are some interesting buildings. First of all there is Cathedral. Inside the cathedral there is a museum of religious art, where you can find the world’s smallest book.
Manzano Uno, located besides the cathedral, is the newest place for the exhibition of the local artists work. La Casa de la Cultura -located at the main square- has permanent exhibitions of paintings and sculptures.
The fountain called “Aguas danzantes” is a beautiful musical fountain located at Parque Urbano central. The show of water, music and lights starts every night at 20:00.