Havana

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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

Elegancia Suites Habana
Elegancia Suites Habana
4 out of 5
Calzada # 454, e/ E y F Vedado, Havana, La Habana
The price is $153 per night from Nov 20 to Nov 20
This family-friendly Havana guesthouse is located on the boardwalk, within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Havana, National Capitol Building and Revolution Museum. ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (39 reviews)
A Fantastic Boutique Hotel
"We stayed at Elegancia Suites Habana over the Christmas 2020 period. We were blown away by this beautiful boutique hotel. The room was very comfortable, and the location of the hotel was perfect for walking to all the tourist sites. What really made our stay so delightful was the wonderfully kind ..."

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2021

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Villa Cloty
Villa Cloty
2 out of 5
Av. 5th # 47011 / 470 & 472 Guanabo, East Havana, Havana, Havana
Located in Municipality of Habana del Este, this hostal is within 1 mi (2 km) of Boca Ciega Beach and Guanabo Beach. Santa Maria del Mar Beach is 5.1 mi (8.3 ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (7 reviews)
"Accomodation is very expensive when you compare it with other places. You don't get what you pay for. The beach nearby is dirty and not recomendable. Maybe it's only interesting for persons who cook themselves because it provides a kitchen."

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2019

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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 beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district, 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Santa Maria del Mar Beach, and within ...
3.4/5 Good! (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

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Hotel Atlantico
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La Reserva Vedado
La Reserva Vedado
4 out of 5
Calle 2 No. 508 e/21 y 23 Vedado, Havana
The price is $101 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 30
Located in El Vedado, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of John Lennon Park, Avenida de Los Presidentes, and Colon Cemetery. National Theatre of ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (44 reviews)
"Gerardo y todo su equipo hicieron un excelente trabajo. Volveremos pronto."

Reviewed on Dec 10, 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
The price is $141 per night from Nov 19 to Nov 19
Located in El Vedado, this luxury vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Revolution Square, Coppelia Havana, and University of Havana. Cuban Art Factory and ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (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 Mar 19, 2020

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Villa Los Pinos
Villa Los Pinos
2 out of 5
Avenida las Terrazas, 21, Santa Maria del Mar, Havana
Nestled on the beach, this Municipality of Habana del Este apartment building is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Santa Maria del Mar Beach and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Boca ...
3.7/5 Good! (18 reviews)
Villa Los Pinos.
"It is as good as you can expect from a property in a third world country. We enjoyed our stay. Place was clean and comfortable considering. Compared to other places we have stayed at in Cuba this has been one of the best. Definitely would book it again in the future."

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2020

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