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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!(45 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 Malecón.

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

El Vedado

4/5Very Good!(64 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
Monumento a Antonio Maceo showing a statue or sculpture

Centro Havana

3.5/5Good!(16 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
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

2.5/5(3 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

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

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 Sevilla
Hotel Sevilla
3.5 out of 5
Trocadero No 55, Old Havana, Havana, Havana
Rs9,790
per night
Feb 26 - Feb 27

Located in Old Havana, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, La Bodeguita del Medio and National Capitol Building. Plaza de ...

3.6/5Good! (491 reviews)

"Great location in Old Town, Havana. Next to the Museum of the Revolution and a short walk to the Malacon and Capitolo. Lots of good restaurants close by. Excellent live music most evenings in the lobby bar. Nice pool. A highlight was the breakfasts in a beautiful, top floor restaurant with panoramic ..."…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb 2020

Hotel Sevilla
Iberostar Parque Central
Iberostar Parque Central
4.5 out of 5
Neptuno e/ Prado y Zulueta, Habana Vieja, Havana
Rs17,128
per night
Feb 22 - Feb 23

Located in Old Havana, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Paseo de Marti and Malecón. Plaza Vieja is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) away.

3.7/5Good! (262 reviews)

"This is one of the better hotels in Havana. Perhaps a bit dated , and not EU or north American standard but still pretty good for Havana. Definately overpriced, but will so little choice in Havana for good hotels at least try and get a discount rate from Expedia or booking. The staff are very accommodating ..."…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb 2020

Iberostar Parque Central
Melia Cohiba
Melia Cohiba
4 out of 5
Paseo Entre 1ra y 3ra, Vedado, Plaza de la Revolucion, Havana
Rs13,597
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Located in El Vedado, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Malecón and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from University of Havana. Museum of the Revolution and Great Theatre of ...

4/5Very Good! (132 reviews)

"Everything was Incredible, the service, staff, room!"…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2020

Melia Cohiba

Popular things to do in Havana

Hotel Nacional de Cuba
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Hotel Nacional de Cuba

4.5/5(30 reviews)

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

Malecón
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Malecón

4/5(35 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(40 reviews)

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

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.

Marina Hemingway
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Marina Hemingway

3.5/5(7 reviews)

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

Havana Cathedral
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Havana Cathedral

4.5/5(34 reviews)

Decorated with exquisite frescoes, this 18th-century religious monument is one of several Baroque masterpieces that frame the resplendent Cathedral Square.

Reviews of Havana

4.4

Top Destination

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4 - Good
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4 - Good 34.40860215053763%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 6.451612903225806%
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1 - Terrible
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 7, 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 31, 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

Jan 6, 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 5, 2020

Loved Havana and especially Old Havana. Would stay here again

5/5 - Excellent

Esteban

Jan 5, 2020

Loved Havana bur especially the Old Havana. The rest is ok. But Old Havana is amazing.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

Jan 5, 2020

Nothing special dog shit on the streets literally everywhere but I’m glad I’ve seen the place , it’s nice seeing the colourful cars but that’s literally all Cuba has to offer