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Havana Highlights

  • Pro
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     Beautiful architecture, lots of vintage cars, no major chain stores or restaurants 

  • Con
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     People suffer many shortages, damaged buildings 

  • In a nutshell
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     Get there before the revolution in the sun runs out of steam 

Havana Things to Do

  • Habana Vieja - Old Havana

    During our visit to Havana, one of my favorite things to do was to just walk through the streets of Habana Vieja, admiring the contrasts of both people and structure. It's an opportunity to see freshly painted colonial-era historical buildings right next to run down apartment complexes, a sense of real life in Cuba mixed in with the tourist...

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  • Playas de Este - The Beaches

    Opposed to other beaches in Cuba where one can only find tourists, Playas del Este is very popular among the habaneros, who can frequently enjoy these warm waters thanks to their closeness to the city. The next beach between Bacuranao and El Mégano is a tourist resort called Tarará, 20 kilometers away of Havana. Its marina (Marina Tarará) is the...

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  • The Malecon

    This oceanside pedestrian walkway stretches all the way from the Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta in La Habana Vieja to the Almendares River that separates Vedado from Miramar. No trip to Havana is complete without at least some time spent strolling and lingering along the Malecón, which is the social center for a wide range of Cubans....

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Havana Restaurants

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  • Paladares

    family run, from chef to servers, using charcoal for cooking ,nice setting using the entire old home, you come to taste the local food, come here, very friendly and cheap. All is good. no web or tel i was there with my family , I am Cuban born, good food and cheap and great Cuban ambiance, cant beat it. pork yucca, moro rice, and cristal beer cant...

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  • La Bodeguita del Medio

    There's a bar at the front that holds around a dozen people from which it is packed. The restaurant through the back is bigger. Unless though you are a real Hemmingway zealot, this is an unremarkable place. The other Hemmingway place is the Floridita a few mins walk away and while nothing mega to get excited about, is the better of the 2 to have a...

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  • China Town

    If you're entering Barrio Chino from the north side, ignore the first few restaurants with the hassle-heavy greeters who will shove their menus in your face; they are probably the worst two restaurants on the strip. My personal favorite is three or four restaurants down on the left. I can't remember its name, but it has a spacious outdoor seating...

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Havana Nightlife

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  • Tropicana

    Tropicana is a little expensive to go to but i think that you should go there if you are in Havana. The music is good, the costumes is fantastic and the artists are very good. No special dresscode but people coming there tend to have nice evening clothes on.

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  • Casa de la Musica

    A big stage with bands playing, in front of it the dance floor and around the dance floor tables/seats and bars. Very good atmosphere a good place to practize your salsa skills, or just dance the night away. There is no special dress code.

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  • Florodita

    I appreciate the historical connection this old Havana bar has to the world in regards to its association with famed author Ernest Hemingway. I've always liked finding cafes, plazas, and old hotels where famous historical figures spent time while in these various cities. Apparently old Hemingway enjoyed more than a few nights hanging out in El...

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Havana Transportation

  • bus Havana to/from

    the best source is cuba junky athttp://www.cuba-junky.com/and this is viazul, never use it, have my own car there.http://www.viazul.com/index.php

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  • A GEM OF A DRIVER IN HAVANA CUBA

    After 52 years I returned to my native Cuba and was very fortunate to come across a gem of a gentleman by the name of Rey who became our driver and tour guide throughout Havana andthe rest of the island. Besides being knowledgeable about places of interest and being reliable,directing us to excellent reasonable restaurants and night life, what my...

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  • Hershey electrical train

    From old Habana, near the Hotel Armadores de Santander, you will find the ferry terminal or "lancha" to casa blanca on the other side of the bay.Even if you don't take the train this boat ride is worth a visit. Leaving every 15 minutes, for 10 centavos, it is a pleasant journey with cuban people.On your arrival in casa blanca there is the train...

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Havana Shopping

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  • market by malecon

    This is an artful market by malecon offering paintings by Cuban artists, souvenirs craftmanship items, second hand books , old coins and post cards.you can negotiate prices,and the items are all natural and originals. You have the info which needs to be updated as places sometimes change there. see the photoIt is at the corner of malecon and D/E...

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  • Some of almost everything!

    Havana has a very large indoor craft market in an old warehouse. There were aisles and aisles of paintings, jewelry and other local handicrafts. I found a nice little Nativity set and some beautiful earrings. It varies, but prices were reasonable--and negotiable

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  • Havana Club Rum

    If you have a chance be sure to purchase your Havana Club rum. Buy the silver(clear) kind if you plan on making your own mojitos when you get home. If you are buying the dark rum splurge and buy the 7 year one. Cheap, cheap, cheap! Anywhere from 3 U.S. dollars for a small bottle to 15.00 U.S. for the 7 year rum.

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Havana Local Customs

  • Antonio Maceo y Grajales

    This is a men from a poor family in Santiago de Cuba who rose to fight for Cuban independance .Approximately two weeks after the October 10, 1868 revolt led by Carlos Manuel de Céspedes against Spain known as "The cry of Yara" ("El grito de Yara"), Maceo, together with his father and brothers joined the war. Mariana Grajales, followed her family...

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  • The Water Truck

    Some areas of Old Havana are not hooked up to a water supply, and the residents and businesses get their water delivered by a tank truck. My roommate and I were sitting at a sidewalk table having a snack when a tanker truck pulled up and a couple of guys started dragging a hose around. They connected the hose and pumped water into the tanks of a...

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  • The drink of the island

    Havana Club Rum is a well-known brand name whose sales have been increasing due to a tie-up with one of the giant French drinks companies.The stuff is actually produced here, originally as a by-product of sugar can production.Due to the economic embargo, you cannot get hold of the stuff in the Us although Bacardi has still tried to use the name by...

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Havana Warnings and Dangers

  • Havana,Cuba,Please.Do not rase price in...

    i was, May,2011. In Havana,Cuba and all the same in June in Dominican Republic the 1st mistake you can do - its to take your wife or girlfriend with you to Havana. It will be like to take your own wood to the forest or own ball to the football game. Do not agree on the price what girls in the clubs ask in the beginning . In most expensive clubs...

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  • money theft

    I have read that money has gone missing from rooms and also safes in Cuba. When cash goes from safes it is usually small amounts in hope that you don't miss it. I once had £10 taken from our safe in the Dominican Republic MY TOP TIPI now put all my valuables in a plastic bag and fit a tie wrap around the neck of the bag. This method will stop small...

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  • Leave your wads of cash at home and stay...

    Havana is a big city but it is also amazingly safe, particularly in comparison to most cities in the rest of Latin America. The streets are generally safe to walk in, even late at night, and the police presence is pretty strong and they are generally there to make sure you are ok, especially as a tourist.HOWEVER, people that are stupid will end up...

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Havana Tourist Traps

  • side street by opera house and hotel...

    be careful when walking up this street. there are some guys that hang around to try and get you in their bar from the street.they will sit you down and give you "mojitos" but they are very overpriced and watered down.guess its a lot of money to them but not so much for a western tourist but nevertheless still a rip off. smile and walk on!

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  • No esta niun festival de la salsa!

    Once you start walking in Havana, you'll notice lots of people, mainly guys willing to talk with you, they'll even accuse you to not want to talk with locals if you do not stop a minute.Most of these jineteros will try to offer you cigars(fake) or a convenient(fraudolent) money change, but ALL of them will tell you that today the international...

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  • Car Rental

    Be careful when you rent a car through the internet or travel agency in Cuba. You might not get what you asked for and you are already billed. As they dont have computers or networks, they cannot check the status of your reservation. Worst part there is no one to complain. I was offered a 2006 car for 10 days. They gave me a 2001 old car in...

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Havana What to Pack

  • toiletpaper

    you dont need many clothes, light cotten is the best. i wore sandels all the time,it was to warm for shoes. toiletpaper and lots of it.if you on medication bring enough in your handbag in case your suitcase get lost bring lots of film and batteries you need them allways carry some fresh water around with you

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  • trade your clothes and medicines

    Gifts are very much appreciated. We gave some of ou clothes, shoes, toiletteries to someone, and he gave us 2 bottles of the best rum and a box of cigars for it as a thank you.school supplies & toys for children bring your vitamins supplies.

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  • Bring what you need!

    Cuba is HOT in the summer months, aka June-September... bring your beach clothes: avoid jeans and bring comfy dresses, skirts, tanks, shorts, several pairs of flip flops, comfy shoes for walking and at least one (or many more) pair of going out partying at the clubs shoes. Cubans dress well! I also recommend bringing a few handkerchiefs or face...

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Havana Off The Beaten Path

  • University of Habana

    done in 1728 in the convent of santo domingo (today gone) as pontifical and royal university of Havana, got rid of royal in 1902 and pontifical in 1940 open to all.It is at the current site from 1902. You reach by a high stair hill with an statue of the Alma Mater. Inside you have the museum Montané showing important discoveries in archeology from...

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  • Aquarium of Havana

    a wonderful aquariaum small but historical (1960), with wonderful dolphin shows.open Tuesdays to sundays from 10h to 18hshow tropical island, mangrove, cavernous coastal mangroves, and many tanks with the caribbean a marine life. The dolphin show alone is Worth the visit.

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  • Columbus or Colon Cementary

    The largest in the Americas ,practically a city in a city. All the great names of Cuban society are here, and some important monument such as the memory of the Maine sunk in Havana bay that started the Spanish-American war in 1898. The medicine students tombs, and the milagrosa a woman said to have been buried and the baby inside was alive, now all...

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Havana Sports & Outdoors

  • Baseball

    Baseball is the national sport in Cuba and cubans are very proud of their national team, winner of gold and silver several times on olimpic and world games.The season begins in november until mid april, 90 games on the regular season, then a playoffs with 8 teams and then the finals. The best teams ever are Industriales, Villa Clara and Santiago....

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  • Playing Domino's

    Not technically sport but still a great game. You'll find many locals playing domino's in the street. Join in for a game or stand and watch the locals in action. Dominos

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  • Bicycles and Cuba

    Cuba is almost flat so U can take a bike with you and go round and round in Cuba with no problem. Our worst problem: The SUN and the Heat! You'll sweat a lot so take enough water eith you to drink. In some places you'll not find good water to drink and rivers aren't so close one to another. Be sure to take a good lock with you because here a good...

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  • Havana Vieja (Old Havana)

    En el mes de Septiembre estuvimos de vacaciones en Cuba y buscando hoteles por internet vimos que muchos Cubanos estan alquilando habitaciones en sus casas. Nos dio curiosidad y ganas de ensayar pero a la vez desconfianza por ir a casa de personas desconocidas. Al fin decidimos ir a una de estas casas pensando en que si no nos gustaba nos...

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  • Money, Health and Safty info

    Cuba is on a two-tiered currency system and it can easily confuse people. One of my favourite moments in my friend Jovana paying for a round of drinks (at a bar where they charged in CUC, obviously) and mistakenly handing the bartender a 20- in nacionales (this is less than 1 CUC, much less than the bill the bartender wanted her to pay). She stood...

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  • Old cars

    great to drive, get a nice car and you go sightseeing, then stop as you like and walk its narrow streets, just wonderful and don't forget to get those old American cars to be driven on, its special. And of course drive Under the historical tunnel of Havana with 733 meters long ,and it is 12-14 meters deep built by a French firm Societé de Grand...

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