Havana Travel Guide

When you first arrive in Havana Cuba you will have hopefully found a great hotel to stay in. There are plenty in the city and along the Cuban coastline.

You will see Spanish colonial architecture all over the City of Havana. The area was declared a World Heritage Site in 1982 because it is one of the oldest settlements in the America’s and it is called the La Habana. It is beautiful place and you should take a long stroll down is charming roadways. You will be very impressed as you tour or walk through the city of Havana.

In Havana there are many churches, museums and memorials all worth taking a further look at. Street after street is graced with grand facades, boasting massive wooden doors, barred windows and narrow sidewalks. For an excellent view across the harbor you should visit the oldest colonial fortress. It is the Castillo Real de la Fuerza and it was built between 1558 and 1577. You will love this fantastic piece of architecture.

As you go through your days in Havana you will see how the people spend their days and their nights. You will come to know something about them in the little time you are there. The people will grow on you with their pleasing way of life and you will appreciate their cultures and the history of what made the city come to be. This is Havana, a place you may have never known, but a place that you will never forget once you have been to it.

Havana has cultural and theatrical performances that you will just love to see. You will want to take advantage of all the opportunities that become available to you while you are there. The things to do and see are plentiful so be prepared to have a lot of fun.

Top Havana Attractions

Excursión a Varadero

You will be able to tour the Varadero coastline and the sandy beaches of the Caribbean. In this tour package lunch is also included so you are all set for a great day at the beach and more.

Capitolio Nacional (El)

This is the building that houses the island’s Senate and House of Representatives. It was built in the year 1929. In it there is the Salón de los Pasos Perdidos(The Hall of Lost Steps) and a 28-carat diamond that marks the exact centre of the city;

Palacio de los Capitanes Generales

The Palacio de los Capitanes Generales used to be the Havana Town Hall Havana Town Hall for 176 years. Now it is the City Museum and tours begin with a visit to the old Council Chamber and the palace quarters.

Catedral (La)

The Catedral (La) is a building in the 18th century ecclesiastic architecture form and you will enjoy the interior and exterior of this fantastic site. What is very interesting is that some of Columbus’ remains were kept here between 1796 and 1898.

Zoológico de La Habana

The Zoológico de La Habana is located right in the middle of the city of Havana. There are plenty of animals to see and if you are hungry grab a bite to eat at one of the many eateries in the area. This makes for a great afternoon out.

Playas del Este

The Playas del Este is open the hours: 24-hours daily. For a wonderful day at the beach, which clearly is the most popular thing to do on a bright sunny day you will just love the Cuban coastline. There are all kinds of hotels too so if you want to spend the night you will be well taken care of.

Cementerio Cristóbal Colón

The Cementerio Cristóbal Colón is open the hours: 9am-6pm daily. It was built in 1876, it holds nearly a million graves. It is one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the Latin American continent. The Afro-Cuban religious practice of “santería” is common throughout the cemetery and you will find colourful rag dolls lying beside the graves.

Parque Central

The Parque Central is open hours: 24 hours daily. This park (also known as Parque Jose Martí) dates back to 1903 is a very relaxing place. There are beautiful Royal Palm trees that visitors can sit under and have a drink while they listen to music. It is a great way to pass the afternoon.

Jardín Botánico

The Jardín Botánico is so beautiful because it has plants from all over Cuba and the Caribbean. You will tour the entire area and then see the ExpoCuba exhibition centre, followed by a traditional Cuban lunch at the Don Cuba restaurant. It is a wonderful day out.

Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro (El)

The Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro (El) has a lighthouse that was built on the site in 1845. You will definitely want to take a look at this monument and see why it is a favorite of the residents of Cuba.