Parque Calixto Garcia is the busiest park in Holguin. It is surrounded by half a dozen bars and restaurants, the Casa de la Musica, a disco, a jazz club, and Casa de la Trova, the newly renovated Teatro Eddy Suñol, a couple of national peso department stores and 2 or 3 CUC stores, the Museo Provincial de Historia, the library, a large art gallery ( Centro de Arte), and the telephone company ETECSA. Street food is available on the north-west and south-east corners. Tourist trinkets are sold on the north and east sides. The streets surrounding the park are often blocked of to set up stages for various cultural events...dance, music, etc. The park is most polished concrete with concrete benches. Different kinds of people gather in different parts of the park...skate-boarders hang out in the south-west corner for example. It is a good place to sit in the shade with a cold drink and people watch. Holguin is plagued by numerous drunks and beggars but a stern side to side finger-wagging will usually send them on their way if the first "No" doesn't do the trick. At night the music venues come alive with young people decked out in Armani shirts. Holguin is not set up for police protection of foreigners and you can be mugged at night so exercise caution.
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