Havana Travel Guide

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Havana Things to Do

  • Capitolio Nacional - National Capitol

    It's name recalls of course the Capitol in Washington but in fact is based on the design of the Pantheon in Paris, although the cupola was constructed and imported from the US. Finished in 1929 it was the home of the government until the Revolution, when the new regime disbanded the Congress. It then became the Ministry of Science and Technology....

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  • Plaza de la Revolucion

    This is one of the few touristy sights located in the Vedado neighborhood. It's a large open space that's used for political rallies and such. There's a large marble monument to Jose Marti across from two government buildings that feature the faces of Che Guevera and Camilo Cienfuegos (it's NOT of Fidel, as everyone thinks), so it's a great place...

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  • Malecon

    Malecon is Havana's refreshing beauty. It stretches for several kilometers, embracing Havana Vieja and Central Havana and Vedado. It makes a refreshing stroll, with beautiful views of the sea, and a chance to see locals in their relaxing time. Fishing, strolling, courting or just gazing at the vast sea. If you keep your camera focused on the road...

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Havana Hotels

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Havana Restaurants

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  • Local Food

    4 out of 5 stars

    First up, Cuban food isnt that great in restaurants generally , mainly in state owned restaurants but if you go to a paladar , a private owned place, food can be great. we ate in these: -El Santo Angel - on Plaza Vieja - the service ist great, the food isnt well presented but actually tasted very good. its a good location right on the square. a...

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  • La Bodeguita del Medio

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    If you're looking for a place with live music and what looks like half the tourists in Havana trying to crowd into the open downstairs bar (and the rest dancing in the street outside) so they can try what are supposed to be the premiere mojitos in the City, look no further! Yes, it is said that Papa Hemingway did some of his drinking here -- you...

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  • El Patio

    4 out of 5 stars

    The restaurant has been popular for years because of its privileged location in the square. I remember there used to be an outside bar which gave it a friendlier look and made it easier for people to make friends . The ladies in the traditional costumes, the musicians, the outside tables were all there as I remembered them. What it was missing this...

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Havana Nightlife

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  • Habana Vieja - Old Havana

    There's a lot of places to get a drink in Havana Old Town. Its all very tame stuff though and starts to wind down after evening meal. There's nothing open especially late. This part of the world doesn't seem to attract a crowd that would be interested in staying out late anyway. The Cafe Paris seemed to be one of the busier places when I went by...

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  • El Floridita

    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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  • 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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Havana Transportation

  • Taxis

    With the the level of scamming, deceit and street hustle in Cuba its hardly a surprise that they you need your wits about you to deal with the cabbles. Agree a fare in advance and if you get to the other end and the the previously agreed fare of 4 cuc is now suddenly 14 cuc according to the cabble, tell the cabbie that you want the police. With me...

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  • Coco Taxis

    One of the most enjoyable ways of getting around Cuban cities is the Coco Taxi. They are so called by the Cubans because they are almost spherical - like a giant coconut. The Coco Taxi can carry three people including the driver. The passengers sit on a seat designed for two people at the back .The driver sits at the front. You can pick up a Coco...

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  • Local Transport

    There are many, many ways to get around in Havana - on foot, on bicycle, by bus, taxi, scooter, rental car and even on horseback. I have attached some photos of the more interesting modes of travel I have seen in Havana.

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Havana Shopping

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  • Artisans Market

    Six years ago the open-air market near the cathedral was relocated to one of Havana's longest standing warehouses. Built in 1885 it has a steel base inside the concrete but still needed some 3 years of renovation work. An ideal spot for shopping as it has practically everything a tourist may want in the way of gifts and cheaper than the shops found...

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  • Cigars

    The Cohíba cigars of Cuba are known to be one of the finest in the world. It is carefully produced using a unique fermentation technique that is only known by the original makers in Cuba. The Cohíba brand is well-regarded in elite global circles and the international jet-set crowd. It is the preferred cigar of Fidel Castro & his inner political...

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  • Rum

    The world-renowned rums of Cuba cannot be bypassed. The rums have a distinct taste and rich flavor to it, and therefore make a great drink on its own or an essential ingredient of cocktail drinks such as a Cuba Libre or a mojito, among others. The most well regarded Cuban rum happens to be the Havana Club brand, and they are truly smooth/fine &...

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Havana Local Customs

  • L'Escorial, Plaza Vieja.

    Seems to be the best place in Havana to buy some coffee. Sometimes there is a long queue up to the counter, mainly of locals which should seem a guarantee of quality. At a table on the terrace the coffee is good, reasonable at 1CUC50 for an americano. Big problem is the wait. The staff just seem to be interested in filling up the tables and then...

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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

  • Theft

    I am sorry to write about this, because I like Cuban people very much. But after I have heard so many stories and seen people in distress and dissappointment after they had been robbed, and on the first day, too, I think I have to warn you, fellow travellers. Cubans are very extovert and talkative and easily become your friends. The point is that...

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  • USA Interests Office

    If your American and get yourself into trouble there is an American Office of Interest on the Malecon. Otherwise take a walk and check out the propaganda billboards and be prepared to walk on the opposite side of the road due to the warnings from Security Guards.

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  • Shopping

    We were originally vacationing in Varadero, and decided to take a Havana day trip. It was a group tour, and you can spend the whole day shopping, sight seeing, and visiting famous places within Havana. Well, the moment I saw a flea market, my shopping bug took over me. My husband was with me but he was trailing behind me, until he noticed a Cuban...

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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

  • A few things that might come in handy...

    Cuba doesn't have a ready supply of antibiotics (or, for that matter, almost any medications including OTC for such common ailments as headache, nausea, diarrhea, etc.) so the wise traveler will have their own Imodium, ibuprofen, Pepto Bismol, Cipro...and please bring your own hand sanitizer, toilet paper, and wipes. Could save your trip! Decent...

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  • 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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Havana Off The Beaten Path

  • El Cristo and forts, Casa Blanc, Habana.

    Once at the ferry terminal in Casa Blanca it is quite a trudge up the hill to the foot of the 20 metres high statue made of Carrara marble. This was one of the last things that Batista oversaw in December 1958 as 15 days later Castro arrived and Batista fled. Supposedly weighing in at around 320 tons. The work is by Jilma Madera and close to the...

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  • Take the ferry over the water to Casa...

    From the terminal at the end of calle Santa Clara and opposite the Russian Orthodox church, there are two ferries that run about every 15 mins. Normally on the r/h are the boats for Regla and on the left for Casa Blanca. Fare is 1 CUC for us foreigners unless you have some Cuban pesos and try to get away with the locals price. This is the ferry to...

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  • Iglesia del Santo Angel Custodio, Habana...

    This church is not that easy to find being on a small promontory at the northern end of the Old Town and tucked away down a side street. I was only only attracted here when seeing the multi-spires. Originally built in the late 1600's, it was virtually demolished by a hurricane in 1846 and rebuilt over 5 years from 1866-71. One of Cuba's most famous...

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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 General

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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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  • Plaza de la Revolucion

    One of the buildings in Revolution Square is the Ministerio del Interior or MINISTRY OF THE INTERIOR. It would just be another building, if not for the giant ironwork mural of the likeness of Ernest (Che) Guevara (1928 to 1967 ) Cuba's revolutionary Hero. His motto " Hasta La Victoria Siempre" - "Towards Victory Always" is inscripted below his...

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  • The Malecon

    Built along the Northern coastline of Havana, during the early 1900's EL MALECON is a favourite walk for the locals and tourist alike. It runs along the main arteries of Havana and provides incredible views of the Bay. The famous 12 kilometre oceanside road links Old Havana to the busy neighbourhood of Vedado, We could see children playing, locals...

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