Travel to Havana and explore Cuba’s most magical destination. Our Havana Travel Guide will lead you to the best places to sightsee, the must-try local restaurants and the top hotels to book—with our insider tips on every page.
Bolero, salsa, mambo, and rumba: Cuban music represents a rich blend of West African and Spanish traditions with a Caribbean pulse. Recently, cubatón (Cuba’s take on reggaeton) has entered the world stage thanks to bands like Gente de Zona, who have partnered with international popstar Enrique Iglesias. In Havana, the island’s cultural hub, you’re never far from the music. Inside its cabarets, nightclubs, discotheques, and even out on the streets, Havana is always moving and shaking. Learn how to salsa or mambo directly from the source: Cuba’s friendly, welcoming people.
Private restaurants serve some of the Caribbean’s most delicious food. Cubanos, roasted chicken, meaty stews, and rice and beans are always on the menu, and each chef has a unique spin on these traditional dishes. We show you the city’s best restaurants and their must-try dishes so that you can truly experience Cuban cuisine.
Thanks to decades-long trade blockades, many Cuban cars were made before the country’s revolution. You’ll see, and even ride in, vintage cars dating as far back as the 1930s, which local drivers have kept running through ingenious homegrown techniques. Habaneros love to share their automotive skills as they drive along the Malecón, the city’s famed seafront esplanade.
Havana has grown from a small port town in 1519 to a city of over two million people today, with a rich history that is tangible when walking through the neighborhoods. Every street transmits a memory, each building a story.
In the UNESCO-recognized Old Town, amble along narrow streets lined with brightly colored sixteenth century palaces that now house art galleries and stylish boutique hotels. Here too you can tour the city’s massive El Capítulo, modeled after the domed U.S. Capitol Building and now home to Cuba’s Academy of Sciences.
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