Travel Guide

Sip rum cocktails or enjoy a cigar on a terrace overlooking the intriguing Old Town while you contemplate the history of this newly accessible Caribbean city.

For more than 50 years, Havana has been virtually closed to visits from U.S. citizens. Take advantage of the increasing access to Cuba to visit this fascinating city and see its preserved history, unique traditions and developing sophistication.

Begin an exploration of Old Havana with a ride in a vintage car or horse-drawn carriage. Admire historic landmarks built in the early 1900s. See El Capitolio, which served as the government center until Cuba’s revolution in the late 1950s. Its large dome may remind you of the U.S. Capitol.

Walk to the National Museum of Fine Arts, an impressive building completed in 1953, with collections focused on Cuban art from the 17th century to modern times. A five-minute stroll north is the Museum of the Revolution. Spend enough time here to understand the reasons that Fidel and Raúl Castro and Che Guevara led guerrillas in overthrowing the Batista presidency, as well as the aftermath of revolutionary actions.

Head toward the inner waterfront along Havana Port and the Canal de Entrada. See the large Baroque cathedral made from coral at the Plaza de la Catedral. Listen to music as you have lunch at a café near Old Square. Enjoy empanadas, seafood or traditional Cuban beans and rice. Return for an evening cocktail. Daiquiris, mojitos and other drinks made from local rum are particularly tasty in this tropical setting. Finish with an authentic Cuban cigar or traditional flan.

La Fábrica de Arte Cubano, offering eclectic art, music, food and drinks in a converted cooking oil factory, is a popular spot for visitors and locals. Bordering the bay, Malecón features a lively promenade with beautiful ocean views. Come here to watch a sunset or join a youthful crowd celebrating through the night.

Havana lies at the northern point of the island of Cuba. Book your stay well in advance as hotel rooms fill fast. Be sure you comply with current travel restrictions when you arrange a flight to Havana’s international airport.

Where to stay in Havana

Hostal MiraHabana
Hostal MiraHabana
2.5 out of 5
Calle Segunda Numero 561, Entre Ayestaran y Ayuntamiento, Havana, La Habana
The price is CA $44 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Located in Plaza de la Revolucion, this guesthouse is within 6 mi (10 km) of Plaza de Armas, National Museum of Natural History, and Fort of Saint Charles.
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Mejor oferta para una estancia en La Habana
"Mas que todo la atención de los dueños fue súper especial y dedicada. El desayuno te lo ponen a la mesa y es bastante variado sin dejar de mencionar la buena elaboración del mismo. Para mi ha sido una de las mejores opciones que he tomado con respecto a oferta y calidad. Se lo aconsejaría a ..."

Reviewed on Dec. 1, 2021

Hostal MiraHabana
Art Studio Habana Vieja 55
Art Studio Habana Vieja 55
4 out of 5
Pena Pobre 55, entre Aguiar y Habana, Havana
The price is CA $98 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21
Located in Old Havana, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Malecón and Revolution Museum. Paseo de Marti and La Bodeguita del Medio are also within ...
3.8/5 Good! (175 reviews)
Wonderful, quirky place.
"This is a lovely place to stay. It is right in the heart of the old town, surrounded by bars and restaurants and very close to the malecon and the water. The only possible down side are the perilously steep stairs up to the roof terrace, and the un-bannistered steps up to the bathroom in some of ..."

Reviewed on Mar. 5, 2020

Art Studio Habana Vieja 55
La Villa Teresa
La Villa Teresa
Patrocinio 251, e/ Cortina Y Juan Bruno Zayas, Havana, Havana
The price is CA $88 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Located in Municipality of Diez de Octubre, this bed & breakfast is within 3 mi (5 km) of Forest Park, Coliseo de la Ciudad Deportiva, and Estadio Latinoamericano. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (16 reviews)
"Property for the best staying! Wedding,romantic,relaxing!!"

Reviewed on Jan. 11, 2021

La Villa Teresa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
El Candil Boutique Hotel
El Candil Boutique Hotel
5 out of 5
Calle 2 No 457 e/19 y 21, Vedado, Havana
The price is CA $188 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Located in El Vedado, this luxury vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Revolution Square, Coppelia Havana, and University of Havana. Cuban Art Factory and ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (79 reviews)
"The people were so wonderful to work with. we wanted to take a personal tour of Havana and of course we needed COVID testing to return to our country and the staff went out of their way to make it all happen..... phone calls were made, continuous checking to make sure everything was acknowledged ..."

Reviewed on Jan. 11, 2022

El Candil Boutique Hotel
La Reserva Vedado
La Reserva Vedado
4 out of 5
Calle 2 No. 508 e/21 y 23 Vedado, Havana
The price is CA $289 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Located in El Vedado, this vacation home is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from John Lennon Park and 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Malecón. Avenida de Los Presidentes and Colon Cemetery ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (46 reviews)
"Très confortable et tranquille. Le restaurant de l'établissement offre des repas de grande qualité."

Reviewed on Oct. 9, 2021

La Reserva Vedado
V Royal Luxury Villas
V Royal Luxury Villas
4.5 out of 5
Tarara, Havana, Havana
The price is CA $473 per night from Feb 18 to Feb 19
Located in Municipality of Habana del Este, this beachfront villa is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Tarara Beach and Santa Maria del Mar Beach. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (4 reviews)
"Deceiving descriptions of the amenities and pictures of the facilities. The tv wasn't as described, the pool wasn't clean."

Reviewed on Feb. 25, 2020

V Royal Luxury Villas
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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