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Havana
Travel Guide

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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

Casayai Centro Habana
Casayai Centro Habana
3 out of 5
San Rafael 505, e/Lealtad y Escobar, Havana, La Habana
The price is CA $44 per night from Jun 18 to Jun 18
Located in Centro Havana, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of University of Havana and Malecón. Plaza Vieja and Havana Cathedral are also within 2 mi (3 ...
Casayai Centro Habana
Hotel Atlantico - All Inclusive
Hotel Atlantico - All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
Ave. Las Terrazas, Santa María del Mar, Havana, La Habana
Located in Municipality of Habana del Este, this all-inclusive property is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Santa Maria del Mar Beach and 6 mi (9.7 km) from Guanabo Beach. ...
3.4/5Good! (67 reviews)
"Great hotel, we had a pleasant stay and looking forward to come back again. Super safe with Covid."

Reviewed on Dec. 23, 2020

Hotel Atlantico - All Inclusive
Villa Cuba BNB
Villa Cuba BNB
2.5 out of 5
Calle Cuba 163 1st Floor, Old Havana, Havana, Havana
The price is CA $60 per night from Jun 18 to Jun 18
Located in Old Havana, this bed & breakfast is steps from La Bodeguita del Medio and Havana Cathedral. Malecón and Plaza Vieja are also within 10 minutes.
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
"wonderful location in old Havanna. From the roof-deck you look over the tops of the city. Gloria and her family hosted us heartly and helped us with the luggage. Breakfast with fresh cuban coffee, eggs and fresh fruits was delicious. A very goog recommodation for Habana. We loved it very much ..."

Reviewed on Mar. 2, 2020

Villa Cuba BNB
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.
Colonial Central Apartment Next to the Capitol
Colonial Central Apartment Next to the Capitol
3 out of 5
Cardenas 9 / Monte y Corrales apto 310,, Third floor, Havana, Province of Havana
Located in Old Havana, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Paseo de Marti and Plaza Vieja. Malecón and Havana Cathedral are also within 1 mi ...
Colonial Central Apartment Next to the Capitol
Hostal Villasitas
Hostal Villasitas
Av 1ra No 2 e/ 11 y 12 Resid,,Chibas, Havana
Located in Municipality of Guanabacoa, this vacation home is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Estadio Panamericano and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Ernest Hemingway Monument. Cristo ...
Hostal Villasitas
Apartamento Cuba 813
Apartamento Cuba 813
3 out of 5
Cuba No. 813 apto. 13 entre Merced y Pa, Havana, Province of Havana
Located in Old Havana, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Almacenes de San José, Plaza Vieja, and Malecón. Havana Cathedral is 0.7 mi (1.2 ...
Apartamento Cuba 813
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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