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Visit Havana

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

Old Havana
Old Havana

Old Havana

Known for Museums, Monuments, Live Music

4.5/5(32 reviews)

Learn about the fascinating history of Cuba’s capital through the interesting fortresses, lively esplanades and plazas surrounded with colonial architecture in its old town district.

El Vedado
El Vedado featuring markets as well as a large group of people

El Vedado

Known for Monuments, Natural Parks, Culture

4/5(53 reviews)

Experience the cultural heart of Havana, where elegant 20th-century buildings, a flourishing arts scene, pumping nightlife and an array of restaurants await.

Centro Havana
Monumento a Antonio Maceo showing a statue or sculpture

Centro Havana

Known for Monuments, Natural Parks, Museums

3.5/5(10 reviews)

You'll enjoy the restaurants and museums in Centro Havana. You might want to make time for a stop at Malecón or Paseo de Marti.

Plaza de la Revolucion
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales which includes a castle, interior views and heritage elements

Plaza de la Revolucion

Known for Monuments, Dancing, UNESCO Site

You'll enjoy the monuments and waterfront in Plaza de la Revolucion. You might want to make time for a stop at Malecón or José Martí Memorial.

Municipality of Playa
Marina Hemingway featuring general coastal views and surf

Municipality of Playa

5/5(1 review)

If you're spending some time in Municipality of Playa, Marina Hemingway and Fusterlandia are top sights worth seeing.

Municipality of Habana del Este
Havana

Municipality of Habana del Este

5/5(1 review)

While visiting Municipality of Habana del Este, you might make a stop by sights like Santa Maria del Mar Beach and Guanabo Beach.

Top hotels in Havana

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Melia Cohiba
Melia Cohiba
4 out of 5
Paseo Entre 1ra y 3ra, Vedado, Plaza de la Revolucion, Havana
£142
per night
9 Dec-10 Dec

Located in El Vedado, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Malecón and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from University of Havana. Museum of the Revolution and Great Theatre of ...

3.9/5Very Good! (106 reviews)

"At checking they gave us a double upgrade to a suite. Best breakfast buffet I’ve ever seen in over 40 years of traveling the world!!!!"…"

Reviewed on 4 Dec 2019

Melia Cohiba
Hotel Sevilla
Hotel Sevilla
3.5 out of 5
Trocadero No 55, Old Havana, Havana, Havana
£100
per night
14 Dec-15 Dec

Located in Old Havana, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, La Bodeguita del Medio and National Capitol Building. Plaza de ...

3.6/5Good! (407 reviews)

"I did like being able to open the windows and the large bathroom while worn worked well"…"

Reviewed on 21 Nov 2019

Hotel Sevilla
Iberostar Parque Central
Iberostar Parque Central
4.5 out of 5
Neptuno e/ Prado y Zulueta, Habana Vieja, Havana
£223
per night
9 Dec-10 Dec

Located in Old Havana, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Paseo de Marti and Malecón. Plaza Vieja is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) away.

3.8/5Good! (231 reviews)

"Great location, got a lovely room. Beds are comfy. Staff is great."…"

Reviewed on 12 Oct 2019

Iberostar Parque Central

Popular things to do in Havana

Hotel Nacional de Cuba
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Hotel Nacional de Cuba

4.5/5(23 reviews)

Walk in the footsteps of luminaries, watch Cuban cabaret shows and enjoy a night of luxury at this historic art deco-style hotel. 

Plaza Vieja
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Plaza Vieja

4.5/5(28 reviews)

Relax in the cafés and browse the art galleries, which fill the grandiose mansions that frame this lively square in Old Havana.

Santa Maria del Mar Beach
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trover photo by Phayds

Santa Maria del Mar Beach

4.5/5(9 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Santa Maria del Mar Beach, a popular beach in Havana. Discover the area's museums and monuments.

Malecón
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Malecón

4/5(21 reviews)

Spend a day exploring this buzzing boulevard, stopping at attractions along the way. Enjoy afternoon views of the harbor before mixing with the nighttime revelers.

Marina Hemingway
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Marina Hemingway

3.5/5(7 reviews)

Spend a leisurely afternoon wandering around Havana’s premier marina, where small sailboats line the waterways, relaxed restaurants await and watersports abound.

Havana Cathedral
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Havana Cathedral

4/5(26 reviews)

Decorated with exquisite frescoes, this 18th-century religious monument is one of several Baroque masterpieces that frame the resplendent Cathedral Square.

Reviews of Havana

4.5

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Dec 2019

We knew there are two parts to Havana old and new. This property is in the new it’s ideal for walking and exploring the new. If you want the old it’s a decent (3/4 to 1 hour walk) or a 10/15 minute taxi ride. HAVANA is a great 2-4 days maximum place

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

31 Oct 2019

Clearly some bits run down - but overall fantastic city. We came across some great restaurants (thanks to our concierge), went on a couple of great sight-seeing tours, found some lovely places for drinks. Felt very safe.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

13 Oct 2019

You can’t judge this city by its cover. The buildings may look shabby outside, and inside hold gorgeous restaurants and bars.

3/5 - Okay

Jeabsiri

18 Aug 2019

Slow actually very slow life !!!! The custom ,the luggages,the people everything is in slow motion mode.Nice classic car on the road in town but old car on the road in subberb. The people are nice, loud music everywhere. The old town is dirty

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

11 Aug 2019

A bit expensive for stuff like water and no medicines very few stores request for tips a bit much

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

8 Aug 2019

Havana Old Town is great, lively, fun but one Cadillac ride is probably enough and need to venture out if you are travelling with family. The food is a bit hit and miss and best to ask what is available rather than what is on the menu e.g. no water!