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Havana City & Outskirts

Havana1 Havana City & Outskirts Havana is probably the most exciting city in Latin America managing to be both seedy and stylish. The province owes its growth and prosperity to the almost natural perfection of its harbour.

Havana is an exhilarating place, but it can also be exhausting. Situated on the north coast of the island and built around a natural harbor, Havana (La Habana), is one of the most lively and colorful cities in the Caribbean. Much of the city’s charm can be found among the narrow, derelict streets packed with crumbling buildings and fascinating people.

The historic old town, Habana Vieja or Colonial Havana, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and fast becoming a tourist Mecca. Centro Habana boasts some of the most important museums and architectural highlights, including the Revolution Museum, and the National Capitol, resembling the US Capitol Building in Washington DC. The trendy suburb of Vedado boasts high-rise buildings and modern hotels, and draws locals and visitors alike with its theaters, art galleries, restaurants, cafes, and cabaret shows; however most of the city’s sights are in Habana Vieja and Centro Habana.

Havana‘s nightlife will exhaust even the most seasoned partygoer. After dark nightclubs and bars come alive and the famous rum cocktails flow freely. The city has plenty of cultural entertainment too, and its fair share of monuments, museums and statues. For those travelers needing rest from all this activity, the beaches are only twenty minutes east of the city.

Places to go:

  • THE HISTORIC CENTER:El Templete, a small neo-classic building inaugurated in 1928 at the place where the city is considered to have been founded, the Arm Square, The Cathedral Square and the Old Square.The Capitol, Partagas Cigar Factory.
  • THE REVOLUTION SQUARE.
  • PASEO DEL PRADO.Was for centuries the most important urban spot in Havana, Prado Promenade stretches from Central Park to the emblematic and centennial Havana Malecon (Seafront Drive).
  • BAR-RESTAURANT BODEGUITA DEL MEDIO
  • BAR-RESTAURANT LA TORRE
  • TROPICANA CABARET, Turquino Cabaret, La Maison Cabaret Night Club, Jazz Café, Casa de la Música, Club Chan Chan,
  • THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS. One of the world´s most widely recognized of its kind.
  • RECREATIONAL CENTERS: Fresh Water Fish Aquarium, National Aquarium, Old Havana Sacle Model,  Lenin Park, National Botanical Garden.

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