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Sip rum cocktails or enjoy a cigar on a terrace overlooking the intriguing Old Town while you contemplate the history of this newly accessible Caribbean city.

For more than 50 years, Havana has been virtually closed to visits from U.S. citizens. Take advantage of the increasing access to Cuba to visit this fascinating city and see its preserved history, unique traditions and developing sophistication.

Begin an exploration of Old Havana with a ride in a vintage car or horse-drawn carriage. Admire historic landmarks built in the early 1900s. See El Capitolio, which served as the government center until Cuba’s revolution in the late 1950s. Its large dome may remind you of the U.S. Capitol.

Walk to the National Museum of Fine Arts, an impressive building completed in 1953, with collections focused on Cuban art from the 17th century to modern times. A five-minute stroll north is the Museum of the Revolution. Spend enough time here to understand the reasons that Fidel and Raúl Castro and Che Guevara led guerrillas in overthrowing the Batista presidency, as well as the aftermath of revolutionary actions.

Head toward the inner waterfront along Havana Port and the Canal de Entrada. See the large Baroque cathedral made from coral at the Plaza de la Catedral. Listen to music as you have lunch at a café near Old Square. Enjoy empanadas, seafood or traditional Cuban beans and rice. Return for an evening cocktail. Daiquiris, mojitos and other drinks made from local rum are particularly tasty in this tropical setting. Finish with an authentic Cuban cigar or traditional flan.

La Fábrica de Arte Cubano, offering eclectic art, music, food and drinks in a converted cooking oil factory, is a popular spot for visitors and locals. Bordering the bay, Malecón features a lively promenade with beautiful ocean views. Come here to watch a sunset or join a youthful crowd celebrating through the night.

Havana lies at the northern point of the island of Cuba. Book your stay well in advance as hotel rooms fill fast. Be sure you comply with current travel restrictions when you arrange a flight to Havana’s international airport.

Where to stay in Havana

Old Havana

Old Havana

4.5/5Wonderful!(53 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the bars and museums in Old Havana. You might want to make time for a stop at Plaza Vieja or Havana Cathedral.

Old Havana
Monumento a Antonio Maceo showing a statue or sculpture

Centro Havana

3.5/5Good!(19 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the restaurants and museums in Centro Havana. You might want to make time for a stop at Malecón or Paseo de Marti.

Centro Havana
El Vedado featuring markets as well as a large group of people

El Vedado

4/5Very Good!(69 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the restaurants and museums in El Vedado. You might want to make time for a stop at Malecón or John Lennon Park.

El Vedado
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales which includes a castle, interior views and heritage elements

Plaza de la Revolucion

You'll enjoy the monuments and waterfront in Plaza de la Revolucion. You might want to make time for a stop at Malecón or José Martí Memorial.

Plaza de la Revolucion
Marina Hemingway featuring general coastal views and surf

Municipality of Playa

3/5(4 area reviews)

While visiting Municipality of Playa, you might make a stop by sights like Marina Hemingway and Fusterlandia.

Municipality of Playa
Havana

Municipality of Habana del Este

4.5/5Wonderful!(2 area reviews)

While visiting Municipality of Habana del Este, you might make a stop by sights like Santa Maria del Mar Beach and Guanabo Beach.

Municipality of Habana del Este

Top hotels in Havana

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Nacional de Cuba
Hotel Nacional de Cuba
4 out of 5
Calle 21 y O, Vedado, Plaza, Havana

Located in El Vedado, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Malecón and University of Havana. Great Theatre of Havana and Revolution Museum are also within ...

4/5Very Good! (1,191 reviews)

"Absolutely beautiful hotel with original historic features and gardens, overlooking the sea."…"

Reviewed on 31 Mar 2020

Hotel Nacional de Cuba
Hotel Saratoga
Hotel Saratoga
4.5 out of 5
Paseo del Prado 603, Esquina Dragones, Havana
The price is Rs18,709 per night from 1 Oct to 2 Oct

Located in Old Havana, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Paseo de Marti and Plaza Vieja. Malecón and Havana Cathedral are also within 1 mile (2 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (222 reviews)
Great hotel to stay in

"Very nice helpful staff across the entire hotel services, clean, with a beautiful views"…"

Reviewed on 5 Apr 2020

Hotel Saratoga
Blau Arenal Habana Beach – All Inclusive
Blau Arenal Habana Beach – All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
Laguna Boca Ciega, Havana, Havana

This family-friendly Havana resort is located near the beach, within 2 mi (3 km) of Santa Maria del Mar Beach and Boca Ciega Beach. Guanabo Beach and Ernest ...

3.7/5Good! (103 reviews)

"The service was awesome, amenities and entertainment were really good"…"

Reviewed on 10 Feb 2020

Blau Arenal Habana Beach – All Inclusive

Popular places to visit in Havana

Hotel Nacional de Cuba
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Hotel Nacional de Cuba

4.5/5(32 reviews)

Walk in the footsteps of luminaries, watch Cuban cabaret shows and enjoy a night of luxury at this historic art deco-style hotel. 

Santa Maria del Mar Beach
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Santa Maria del Mar Beach

4.5/5(13 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Santa Maria del Mar Beach, a popular beach in Havana. Discover the area's museums and monuments.

Malecón
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Malecón

4/5(38 reviews)

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.

Plaza Vieja
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Plaza Vieja

4.5/5(45 reviews)

Relax in the cafés and browse the art galleries, which fill the grandiose mansions that frame this lively square in Old Havana.

Marina Hemingway
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Marina Hemingway

4/5(8 reviews)

Spend a leisurely afternoon wandering around Havana’s premier marina, where small sailboats line the waterways, relaxed restaurants await and watersports abound.

Hotel Inglaterra
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Hotel Inglaterra

4/5(21 reviews)

You can learn about the local history of Havana when you visit a well-known site such as Hotel Inglaterra. Amble around the area's parks or experience its museums.

Reviews of Havana

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Apr 2020

Just brilliant!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Mar 2020

It is very difficult to travel around Cuba by public transport it is unreliable,most people use shared taxis, but these are quite expensive. Finding middle of the road accomodation in Cuba is hard, The Madero by Cuban standards is way above others.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

12 Mar 2020

The hotel is about 6 minutes by cab along the seafront from the old town - but you will pay $10 every cab ride - never except $15 - but good luck getting under 10

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Feb 2020

One of the most interesting friendly safe places I have visited. I will be back

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

31 Jan 2020

Its one of the best cities we have been. Absolutely incredible. Love the people, the charm of the city, its food, and then the music, the salsa dancing , club's and stunning architecture. What an amazing city. Shame its to far from Uk

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Jan 2020

Pop in to the National Hotel Cuba, non residents can have drink/meal there.