Havana travel guide

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You're Going to Love Havana

Havana is today one of the most popular tourist spots in the Caribbean since it reopened its doors to tourism in the 1990s. Cuba's capital is home to 2.1 million inhabitants and has an incredibly rich history.

African and Caribbean influences can be felt throughout. The traditional Spanish architecture, classic American cars, and tropical climate all contribute to the charm of this city, which is sometimes referred to as the Rome of the Caribbean.

Visit Havana for the culture, music, food, festivals, and gorgeous sights. Simply strolling through the streets of the Cuban capital is a magical experience.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Havana

When to Visit Havana

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Be prepared to deal with crowds if you travel to Havana between the high season, which lasts from November to May. You can avoid crowds by planning your trip in the summertime but the heat can be a bit much. Visit Havana in August if you want to enjoy the city's carnival or in February if you are interested in the Cigar Festival.

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How to Get to Havana

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Where to Stay in Havana

Staying in the Habana Vieja area is ideal if you want to be close to all the main landmarks. You can stay at the Hotel Ambos Mundos, Hotel Florida, Hotel El Comendador, or at the Hotel Santa Isabel if you want a more upscale experience. The Hotel Plaza and Hotel Saratoga are good options if you would rather stay in the Centro area. If you want to stay in the Vedado neighborhood, choose the Hotel Nacional or the Hotel ROC Presidente.

Popular Neighborhoods in Havana

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Centro Habana

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How to Get Around Havana

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Shopping Streets

If you would like to shop for cigars, rum, and other local items, look for official La Casa Del Habano stores or go to an outlet like the Partagás cigar factory. A box of cigars will typically cost between CUC$30 and several hundreds of pesos. If you want to shop for clothes, souvenirs, and crafts, head to the outdoor market at Ferria 23 and M near the Hotel Nacional. You will find another similar market with books and memorabilia from the revolution at the Plaza de Armas. If you want to find brand stores, stop by the Galería Comercial Comodoro on the beachfront.

Groceries and Other

There are Palco stores in the Miramar area and on Avenida Tercera and Calle 70 where you can shop for groceries. Go to one of the Agromercados in Vedado or in the Centro area for fresh produce. Expect to pay CUC$0.25 for a loaf of bread and CUC$1.60 for a liter of milk.

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C$ 7.60
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A pair of jeans
C$ 39.61
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Single public transport ticket
C$ 0.64
C$ 1.69

Where to Eat in Havana

You must try some popular Cuban dishes during your trip, including barbecued meats and rice and beans. If you want to enjoy traditional Caribbean fare, Restaurante Café del Oriente, La Guarida, and Bella Habana are great options. You can try the mixture of Chinese and Caribbean influences at Flor de Loto or Tien Tan, or, if it's seafood you're after, try El Litoral, Mediterraneo Havana, or Paladar Vistamar. Make sure you try a few cafes for their traditional sandwiches, such as Bar Bilbao or Bar La Dichosa. Head to Bishop Street or walk a few blocks away from any popular area to find street food vendors that serve pork burgers and coconut pies. Street food typically costs between CUC$5-8, a meal in a sit-down cafe will cost you CUC$20, and expect to spend CUC$40 or more for a meal at a more upscale place.