Seeing new places is adventurous and fun but it can also be overwhelming if you don’t know where to go. Here are the top things to do in Havana, Cuba.
Now that it’s getting cold, most of us dream of warmer climates. Why not Cuba?
Cuba has become a popular destination. In 2017, 4.6 million people visited this culturally rich country.
If you’re thinking about visiting this country, here are some of the best things to do in Havana, Cuba.
1. Plaza de la Catedral
You cannot leave Havana without visiting Plaza de la Catedral. This plaza features a stunning 18th century Catedral in the square.
Tourists visiting Havana flock to see this stunning cathedral, which was once called “music made into stone.”
The plaza is not that large, so don’t expect to spend a lot of time here. You can spend some time sitting in the square and people watching.
2. Ride in a Vintage Car
If you’ve seen pictures of people who have traveled to Cuba, then you’ve probably seen them ride in a vintage car.
When you visit Havana, you will feel like you’ve stepped into the 1950s with all those vintage cars. So you can’t visit Havana without riding in a 1950s vintage convertible.
You can rent one of these cars outside of the Museum of the Revolucion or Hotel Inglaterra.
3. Have an Authentic Cuban Cigar
While in Havana, you have no excuse to not smoke an authentic Cuban cigar. The best part is you can enjoy these everywhere.
And if you’re not a smoker, there’s no reason why you can’t pretend to smoke one for the pictures.
4. Walk Along the Malecon
If you enjoy taking long walks along the beach, then El Malecon is an activity you cannot miss in Havana.
Think of El Malecon as a boulevard along the water that stretches over 5 miles. When taking a walk down this boulevard, you will experience some of the best people watching.
You will find tourists enjoying the walk, locals hanging out after work, and lovers holding hands. Make sure you walk along the Malecon at sunset.
5. Drink a Hemingway Cocktail
The famous American writer, Ernest Hemingway loved Cuba. In the 1940s, Hemingway married his wife Martha and they settled outside of Havana. He purchased Finca Vigia and lived there for twenty-five years.
If you want to walk in the footsteps of the famous writer, then you must drink the “best daiquiri in the world,” his words.
El Floridita is a famous spot located in Havana Vieja. When you visit El Floridita, order the Hemingway Daiquiri and test it for yourself.
6. Walk Around Havana Vieja
Old Havana, or known to locals as Havana Vieja is one of the most touristy spots in Havana.
You wouldn’t go to New York without visiting Times Square, well, Old Havana is the equivalent.
Havana Vieja is so iconic, UNESCO has declared it a World Heritage site.
When you walk along Havana Vieja, you walk into a time capsule of neoclassical and baroque architecture styles. Not too mention this neighborhood is beaming with colorful buildings.
7. Tour a Cigar Factory
Remember when Cuban cigars where prohibited and banned. What a better way to feel like a rebel than by touring a Cuban cigar factory in Havana.
Get a first look at how these iconic cigars are made. These tours are quite popular so make sure you book far enough in advance.
8. Museum of Fine Arts
Cuba is a country of artists, so you can’t leave Havana without visiting the Palacio de Bellas Artes or also known as the museum of fine arts for tourists.
This art museum has the largest art collection in the country. In here, you will find some of the most famous artists such as Raul Martinez and Guillermo Collazo.
9. Plaza de la Revolucion
Plaza de la Revolucion is the perfect place for political enthusiasts. It’s no secret Cuba has a politically tumultuous past. And in Plaza de la Revolucion, you can observe front row the different branches of government.
The Plaza also features a large mural in honor of Che Guevara with the phrase “Always Toward Victory” or “Hasta la Victoria Siempre.”
Don’t leave Cuba without a visit to the Plaza de la Revolucion.
10. Playas del Este
When you’re ready to take a break from the bustle of Havana, head over to relax on the beach at Playas del Este.
This set of beaches is merely 11 miles outside of Havana. The quietest and most relaxing beaches include Playa Tarara and Bucuranao.
On the other hand, Guanabo and Playa Boca Ciega will have a lively and high energy atmosphere.
11. Check Out the Street Art
You don’t need to go to a museum to enjoy art while visiting Havana. There’s plenty of street art to go around.
If you want to also enjoy crafts done by locals, you can visit places like La Fabrica de Arte Cubano or Pisoclabis Bazar-Cafe. You will be able to find some great art created by new and seasoned artists.
12. Enjoy Some Salsa
If you feel like absorbing as much as the culture of Havana as possible, you have to dance to some salsa, even if you’re not a great dancer.
You can find salsa practically anywhere in Havana. Even if you don’t dare to dance, you can still watch the locals dance while you sip on a Mojito or a Cuba Libre.
13. Eat at Paladares
When in Havana, you must try one of the many Paladares. The term “Paladares” refers to an independently-run or family restaurant. These restaurants are often located right below big houses.
Most families who own Paladares live in a section of the house. These restaurants have some of the most authentic cuisines in Havana.
If you want an authentic tour of Paladares, learn more here to book a tour.
Things to Do in Havana, Cuba: Wrapping Up
There are plenty of things to do in Havana, Cuba. This guide will get you started, but once you get there, let loose and enjoy what this city has to offer.
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