is a municipality and town in Cienfuegos Province
. It is the home of the Mal Tiempo National Park
which commemorates a battle in the 1895 War of Independence
The town was founded in 1852 in a place known as Sabana de Ibarra. The railway reaches the town in 1855.
The municipality is divided into the barrios of Estrada Palma, Mal Tiempo, Marta and Monte Cristo. There were 5 sugar mills in the vicinity of Cruces, by its traditional names: San Francisco, Andreita, Santa Catalina, Caracas and Hormiguero.
In 2004, the municipality of Cruces had a population of 32,139. With a total area of , it has a population density of .
Education was provided by two Catholic Schools and several public schools for the Grammar Levels. One High School was home to roughly 800 students. Higher education was conducted in Cienfuegos or Santa Clara, distant 11 and 28 miles respectively.
Cruces is the home town of the Baseball Hall of Famer Martin Dihigo.