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

Casa Manrique
Casa Manrique
3 out of 5
No. 65, e/ San Lázaro y Lagunas, Centro Habana, Havana, La Habana
The price is $30 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 8
Located in Centro Havana, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Malecón, San Rafael Boulevard, and Paseo de Marti. Antonio Maceo Park and Central ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (53 reviews)
"The host was very helpful when needed! The service was excellent!"

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2021

Casa Manrique
Blanc Blue 1924 Boutique Hotel
Blanc Blue 1924 Boutique Hotel
3 out of 5
Perseverancia #66, e/ San Lazaro y Laguna, Havana, La Habana
The price is $32 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 14
Located in Centro Havana, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Malecón, Antonio Maceo Park, and San Rafael Boulevard. Paseo de Marti and Central Park ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (7 reviews)
"The hotel was clean and well appointed. The owner Leah spoke both english and spanish. She was very kind and helpful. Our room was modern and spacious. Breakfast was served, (and included) on the rooftop. My only negative comment is there were a lot of stairs, which i know if typical of other countries, ..."

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2020

Blanc Blue 1924 Boutique Hotel
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 $150 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
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 ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (78 reviews)
"Guard who greeted me and guard who was working the other shift both treated me as I was disturbing their “peace” and making passive-aggressive remarks. I felt like I was being treated as a second-class human by guards."

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2021

El Candil Boutique Hotel
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Best Lodging Options Near Malecón

Casa Manrique
Casa Manrique
3 out of 5
No. 65, e/ San Lázaro y Lagunas, Centro Habana, Havana, La Habana
The price is $30 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 8
Casa Manrique
Blanc Blue 1924 Boutique Hotel
Blanc Blue 1924 Boutique Hotel
3 out of 5
Perseverancia #66, e/ San Lazaro y Laguna, Havana, La Habana
The price is $32 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 14
Blanc Blue 1924 Boutique Hotel
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 $150 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
El Candil Boutique Hotel
Residencia Santa Clara
Residencia Santa Clara
13 Santa Clara, Havana
The price is $80 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 14
Residencia Santa Clara
Art Studio Habana Vieja 55
Art Studio Habana Vieja 55
4 out of 5
Pena Pobre 55, entre Aguiar y Habana, Havana
The price is $78 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 8
Art Studio Habana Vieja 55
La Siguaraya
La Siguaraya
3 out of 5
Virtudes 675 entre Gervasio y Belascoain, Centro Habana, Havana, La Habana
The price is $78 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 8
La Siguaraya
Elegancia Suites Habana
Elegancia Suites Habana
4 out of 5
Calzada # 454, e/ E y F Vedado, Havana, La Habana
The price is $87 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 8
Elegancia Suites Habana
Havana Dream
Havana Dream
5 out of 5
Obrapía, Havana, La Habana
Havana Dream
Hotel Vedado
Hotel Vedado
2.5 out of 5
Calle O e/ 23 y 25, Havana, Havana
Hotel Vedado
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