Malecón

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Malecon which includes night scenes

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.

Malecón is a scenic 5-mile (8-kilometer) boulevard that flanks the northern coastline of Havana. Running through the Old Havana, Chinatown and Vedado districts, this iconic coastal promenade is surrounded by some of Cuba’s most historic and fascinating sites. Watch fishermen casting their nets and awaiting their catch on the edge of the esplanade.

Sit on the wall separating land from sea and watch people go by. Go jogging at sunrise before the heat of the day. Enjoy the view of the water and waves lapping against the protective wall. As the afternoon approaches, so does the rush of antique cars that take you back to a bygone era.

Get a sense of the local history as you inspect the various monuments on this long esplanade, construction of which began in 1901 when Cuba was under temporary U.S. sovereignty. See the poignant Monument to the Victims of the USS Maine, which pays tribute to American sailors killed by an onboard explosion.

Among the highlights of the boardwalk is the Castillo de la Real Fuerza, a 16th-century fortress with cannons and mortars. Embark on a guided tour for a comprehensive history and visit the Navigation Museum, which is full of marine trinkets and historical context.

Visit the nearby San Salvador de la Punta Fortress and relax in its park, which contains larges squares of red tiles from the Spanish San Antonio ship. These fine examples of Spanish wealth and splendor are a stark contrast to the many crumbling buildings that line the road.

Stay on the esplanade into the evening to experience the lively social mood among locals and fellow vacationers. Enjoy cocktails and hot beverages from the cafés and bars along the strip. Note that prostitutes are known to work in certain parts of the boulevard.

The Malecón stretches across a large stretch of Havana’s northern coast, from the Vedado neighborhood to Havana Harbor. Ride a bus to one of the nearby stops, such as the Neptuno y Marquez Gonzalez station. Visit landmarks parallel to the esplanade, including the Galeria Galiano, the Museum of the Revolution and the National Theater of Guinol.

Top Hotels Close to Malecón

House in front of the sea
House in front of the sea
3 out of 5
Calle Marina número 111 apto 2-a, Entre Príncipe y Vapor Centro Habana, Havana, Centro Habana
The price is $20 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
Located in Centro Havana, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Malecón, Antonio Maceo Park, and La Rampa. Monument to the Victims of the USS Maine and ...
3/5 (18 reviews)
Havana Weekend
"The house is centrally located across the malecon avenue , Well keep , lot of restaurants and food places around"

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2019

House in front of the sea
Malecon 663
Malecon 663
3.5 out of 5
663 Malecón, Havana, La Habana
Located in Centro Havana, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Malecón, Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta, and Maximo Gomez Monument. Paseo de Marti and Revolution ...
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Malecon 663
Aparthotel Casa Particular Malecon
Aparthotel Casa Particular Malecon
3 out of 5
155 Marina Entre Calle 25 Y Principe, Havana, Havana
Located in Centro Havana, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Malecón, La Rampa, and Antonio Maceo Park. Monument to the Victims of the USS ...
3.3/5 (3 reviews)
Worn out flat in an old building
"Our appartment was four floors up. There were two persons waiting for us so it was easy to find the right place. The staircase was a little bit frightning. The building is really old and as many other buildings in Havanna, the electricity systems and the lift were indescribable. The apartment was ..."

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2020

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House in front of the sea
House in front of the sea
3 out of 5
Calle Marina número 111 apto 2-a, Entre Príncipe y Vapor Centro Habana, Havana, Centro Habana
The price is $20 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
House in front of the sea
Malecon 663
Malecon 663
3.5 out of 5
663 Malecón, Havana, La Habana
Malecon 663
Aparthotel Casa Particular Malecon
Aparthotel Casa Particular Malecon
3 out of 5
155 Marina Entre Calle 25 Y Principe, Havana, Havana
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Malecon De La Habana
Malecon De La Habana
2.5 out of 5
Humbolt # 7 ESQ Malecon, Havana, Havana
The price is $71 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 23
Malecon De La Habana
Apartamento 23 y Malecon
Apartamento 23 y Malecon
3 out of 5
Marina 269 E/ 23 y Humboldt, 3er Piso Apto 10, Havana, Havana
Apartamento 23 y Malecon
Hotel Vedado
Hotel Vedado
2.5 out of 5
Calle O e/ 23 y 25, Havana, Havana
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Sakura
Sakura
2 out of 5
Calle 25 #13 / Malecon & Hospital, Vedado, Havana, Havana
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Carreño Apartment
Carreño Apartment
2.5 out of 5
Humboldt No.255 y Malecon, Edificio Carreño, Apartamento 711, Havana, Havana
Carreño Apartment
Villa Luisi CENTRO HABANA
Villa Luisi CENTRO HABANA
3 out of 5
Marina # 113, e/Vapor y Principe, Havana, CENTRO HABANA
The price is $49 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 23
Villa Luisi CENTRO HABANA
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