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Havana

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

Casa Colonial Pedro y Mary
Casa Colonial Pedro y Mary
2.5 out of 5
Calle Desagüe #156, e/ Franco y Oquendo, Havana
The price is £12 per night from 6 Aug to 6 Aug
Located in Centro Havana, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of University of Havana and Malecón. Plaza Vieja and Havana Cathedral are also within 3 miles ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (13 reviews)
"No tengo palabras para expresar el buen trato recibido por Don Pedro y Doña Mary. La comida deliciosa buena porción mejor que la de un chef. Una atención 5 estrellas. Te tratan como un rey. Si visitan la Habana recomiendo Casa colonial Pedro y Mary."

Reviewed on 25 Feb 2020

Casa Colonial Pedro y Mary
La Reserva Vedado
La Reserva Vedado
4 out of 5
Calle 2 No. 508 e/21 y 23 Vedado, Havana
The price is £67 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
Located in El Vedado, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of John Lennon Park and Malecón. Colon Cemetery and Galerias de Paseo are also within 1 mile (2 ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (41 reviews)
"Gerardo y todo su equipo hicieron un excelente trabajo. Volveremos pronto."

Reviewed on 10 Dec 2020

La Reserva Vedado
Hotel Atlantico
Hotel Atlantico
3.5 out of 5
Ave. Las Terrazas, Santa María del Mar, Havana, La Habana
Located in Municipality of Habana del Este, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Santa Maria del Mar Beach and 6 mi (9.7 km) from Guanabo Beach. Revolution Museum ...
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 23 Dec 2020

Hotel Atlantico
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.
La Reserva Vedado
La Reserva Vedado
4 out of 5
Calle 2 No. 508 e/21 y 23 Vedado, Havana
The price is £67 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
Located in El Vedado, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of John Lennon Park and Malecón. Colon Cemetery and Galerias de Paseo are also within 1 mile (2 ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (41 reviews)
"Gerardo y todo su equipo hicieron un excelente trabajo. Volveremos pronto."

Reviewed on 10 Dec 2020

La Reserva Vedado
El Candil Boutique Hotel
El Candil Boutique Hotel
5 out of 5
Calle 2 No 457 e/19 y 21, Vedado, Havana
Located in El Vedado, this luxury holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Revolution Square, Coppelia Havana and University of Havana. Cuban Art Factory and Napoleonic ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (77 reviews)
Incredible homely stay
"We had the most wonderful week spent at this property. The ladies working on reception were extremely attentive and helpful when offering advice on places to visit. The breakfast was well rounded and very high quality."

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2020

El Candil Boutique Hotel
V Royal Luxury Villas
V Royal Luxury Villas
4.5 out of 5
Tarara, Havana, Havana
The price is £185 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
Located in Municipality of Habana del Este, this beachfront villa is in the city centre, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Santa Maria del Mar Beach, and 2.5 mi (4 km) from ...
4.3/5Excellent! (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 25 Feb 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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