Dining options are rather scant and uninteresting in Santa Clara apart from the dinner at Hostal Florida Center. Most folks end up eating at their hotel, particularly those staying at either Villa Los Caneyes or Villa La Granjita or in their casa particular. There's little to recommend right around Parque Vidal, although for a quick and inexpensive bite, the Pizzería Toscana, Colonial 1878, and the air-conditioned bliss of Park View, all on or just off the park, would do in a pinch. The Palmares-run La Concha, on Carretera Central at the corner of Calle Danielito (tel. 42/21-8124), is a dependable though unexciting option near the Che Guevara Monument. By far the best place to eat is the Hostal Florida Center (tel. 42/20-8161), a popular casa particular with enormous platters of delicious seafood and chicken, plus salads and fruit dishes. The garden is candlelit at night. Stop by to reserve in advance. Sabor Latino, Esquerra 157 between Julio Jover and Berenguer (tel. 42/20-6539), is a friendly paladar serving up large portions of all the favorite meat and fish staples.

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