Havana

The Havana region is home to some of the country’s most exciting areas. Havana is the heart of Cuba—it boasts the fantastically unique neighborhood of Havana Vieja, as well as a number of other important and attractive places. Veradero hosts stunning white-sand beaches and warm turquoise waters, while the Bay of Pigs offers an interesting mix of history and nature.

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Old Havana

Havana Vieja is a fascinating neighborhood where Cuba’s people, culture, and history all intersect—it’s where you’ll want to spend most of your time in Havana. With its cafés, live music, historical sites, and colorful streets, it’s easy to spend several days wandering through this enchanting area.

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Ernest Hemingway Museum

The cult of Hemingway is strong in Cuba—his books are some of the few works of fiction sold here, and there are bars devoted solely to his once-regular patronage. Set in his home of 20 years, the Ernest Hemingway Museum offers travelers a wonderful opportunity to learn about the famous author and his relationship with Cuba.

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Cienaga de Zapata National Park

The Ciénaga de Zapata National Park is located on the Península de Zapata in south-central Cuba. This national park is comprised of important wetlands, and is home to the best birding and fishing in the country.

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Old Havana (Havana Vieja)

Spanish conquistadors started building Havana in 1519. The city became an important port in the second half of the 16th century. Over the years the old section of Havana has become an important showcase of Moorish, baroque, neoclassical, and art nouveau architecture. Each plaza and neighborhood of Old Havana has a distinct look and personality.

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Vedado Neighborhood

Vedado is a pocket of moderate prosperity in modern Havana, and you can find lots of shops in this area. 20th-century mansions in Vedado have neoclassical, art deco, and beaux-arts architecture. Walk down Calle 17 to see some of the area’s most impressive buildings.

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Central Havana Neighborhood

Central Havana’s real estate is mostly residential – streets are lined with apartment buildings. Some have fallen into disrepair, but they still reflect Havana's eclectic architecture. This neighborhood has one of the densest populations in all of Havana.

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Varadero

Varadero is Cuba’s most popular beach destination. Less than a 2-hour drive from Havana, Veradero extends onto a long, narrow peninsula and boasts blazing white-sand beaches and warm turquoise water.

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Miramar Neighborhood

Miramar is best known for its embassies, which line Quinta Avenue (or “Fifth Avenue” in English). With its distinctive tower, the Russian Embassy is one of the most striking. Along Quinta Avenue you’ll also find interesting landmarks like the mansion called Casa de la Tejas Verdes (House of the Green Tiles), and Reloj de Quinta Avenida, a large clock.

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Nuevo Vedado

Nuevo Vedado is one of Havana’s middle-class residential neighborhoods. Houses here have interesting, retro looks — they're the result of a building boom that took place in the 1950s. See these houses on a stroll after you visit the Plaza de la Revolución, or stay in one of the casas particulares in the area.

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Guanabo

Guanabo is a municipality with a stretch of beach in eastern Havana. This is a convenient place to go swimming.

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Playa Neighborhood

Playa is the northernmost municipality in Havana. “Playa” means beach in Spanish, and along the waterfront you can still find designated swimming areas. These are called balnearios, and they are located on the seaside Primera Avenida (First Avenue).

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10 de Octubre

This is a municipality in southern Havana, and has the same name as the neighborhood’s main avenue. October 10th commemorates the anniversary of Cuba’s independence from Spain.

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Cerro

Cerro translates to “hill” in English, and it has a reputation for being somewhat cooler than the rest of Havana.

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Siboney

Siboney is a small village with a beach, and it’s located just to the east of Santiago de Cuba. This beach is quite popular with locals due to its proximity to the city.

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Bay of Pigs

Known for the failed CIA military invasion of 1961, the Bay of Pigs is an attractive and interesting area that’s a few hours southeast of Havana. It’s home to the most important wetland in Cuba, contained within the Ciénaga de Zapata National Park, as well as some excellent dive sites.

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Playas del Este

Go to Playas del Este to get in some beach time alongside Havana locals. Playas del Este are only a 30-minute drive from Havana, and get quite busy on the weekends.

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Jose Marti Airport (HAV)

The Jose Marti International Airport is the main gateway to explore the island of Cuba. Located in Havana Region is 30 minutes far away from the capital town center.

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Havana

Havana is a beautiful and captivating city. It’s home to the country’s most thriving cultural, culinary, and artistic scenes, and is a fascinating intersection between Spanish colonialism and Cuban Communism. The people here are friendly and welcoming, and it’s easy to spend an entire week strolling its streets, visiting museums, and listening to live music.

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A little more about Havana

If you’re on a limited timeframe, this region has everything you need to enjoy a trip to Cuba. The capital city of Havana is jam-packed with cultural and historical attractions, and is an excellent place to hang out for upwards of a week. Veradero – Cuba’s most famous beach destination – is a short, 2-hour drive away. It’s easy to spend a handful of days lounging on the sand and soaking up the sun here. The southern tip of the Havana region is home to the Bay of Pigs and the Ciénaga de Zapata National Park. Bird lovers rave about this national park, and there’s some wonderful offshore diving in the bay as well.

Havana is hands-down one of the coolest places in Cuba. It’s a lively and colorful city, filled with equal amounts history and culture. Most travelers spend the majority of their time here in Havana Vieja, and rightfully so—this is the oldest part of the city, and it hosts cobblestone streets, Spanish-colonial architecture, cute cafés, live music, tasty restaurants, and more. One could happily spend the entire day wandering around this fascinating neighborhood. There are, however, many other places worth checking out in Havana. Take a step back into the colonial days with a visit to the castles at the Morro-Cabaña Historical Military Park, or spend an afternoon at one of the city’s many museums, including the National Museum of Fine Arts and the Ernest Hemingway Museum.

When you’re ready to escape the city and hit the beach, you can head to Veradero. Located just 81 miles (130 km) east of Havana, Veradero is Cuba’s most popular beach destination. It extends along a narrow peninsula, and has over 12 miles (19 km) of beautiful white-sand beaches. Veradero is a big tourist destination, but because it’s spread out across the entire peninsula, it doesn’t feel packed with people or unappealing. The white-sand beach is powdery and soft and slopes gently into a warm, turquoise section of the Caribbean. Hotels – many of them all-inclusive resorts – extend across the length of the coastline, as do many casa particulares. Aside from lounging on the beach, travelers to Veradero can enjoy scuba diving, fishing, and golfing.

The Bay of Pigs is notorious for the failed 1961 CIA invasion, and history lovers will likely want to visit this area. There’s a small museum dedicated to the Bay of Pigs fiasco in Playa Girón—you can see the tanks and jet fighters used in battle, and examine old photographs of local campesinos that fought for Fidel. There are also several excellent dive sites along the coast here, including Punta Perdiz, which has crystal-clear water and a colorful range of coral. The Ciénaga de Zapata National Park has extensive wetlands and is home to some of the best bird watching and freshwater fishing in the country. Guided tours of this national park are highly recommended.

Trips to inspire

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Get excited and browse our selection of our favorite hand made tours including Havana. From romantic honeymoons to family-fun; these are completely flexible and arranged to your needs.

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Learning About Historical Havana

We had a wonderful five days soaking in the classical vibe of Old Havana. From informative tours to unforgettable experiences (dancing with the locals), we’ll be back for more!

Learning About Historical Havana
6 days | $$

Charming Cuba—History and Nature

The people that hosted us and the transportation was great — always on time. Appreciated the Viñales experience and learning not only about agriculture, but also tobacco and meeting locals along the route.

Charming Cuba—History and Nature
7 days | $$$

History, Culture, and Exploring Nature

Having Anywhere coordinate our trip to Cuba was amazing! We didn't have to worry about anything and always felt very safe and educated!

History, Culture, and Exploring Nature
5 days | $$

A Quick Havana Getaway

Havana was wonderful. Our 5-day quick getaway includes a thorough introduction to Cuba’s architecture and culture. We also loved the trip to Varadero to experience the beautiful coastline!

A Quick Havana Getaway
10 days | $

An Excellent Intro to Cuba

Our Cuba trip was excellent. During our trip we were met at the appointed times and all the tours were just as described and proved to be very interesting and joyful.

An Excellent Intro to Cuba
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