Havana Vacations

The capital of Communist Cuba, Havana is at once exotic and dreary, lively and serious, pierced by the sounds of salsa music and backfiring Soviet-era Lada cars, and dotted with colonial mansions as stunning as they are dilapidated. Just try to find a city that inspires as many equal parts passion and confusion as does Havana. You don't need ... Read more
anything but your own two feet to experience the best of Old Habana, where the entire old city is being renovated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, or El Malecón, the sea wall boardwalk where all ages go to walk, drink and be seen. Music is omnipresent in Havana, and you'll hear it wafting from rooftops, clubs, bars like La Bodeguita Del Medio, private homes and street corners. Cuban food, when it's available, is legendary, and nowhere better to try this than the paladares like Cafe Laurent, private family-run restaurants which serve whatever they happen to have that day. Hotels might not have the amenities of other countries, but who needs consistent wi-fi when you're sleeping in living history?

Havana places to stay and top hotels

Havana things to do and experiences

  • El Malecón
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    Sights and Museums, Historic Site
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  • Old Havana
    9.121 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Landmark
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  • Havana Cathedral
    8.928 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Church
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  • Parque Central
    8.320 reviews
    Outdoors, Park
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Havana reviews & trip reports

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The people, art, architecture, history is what you NEED to go to Havana for. It is truly a beautiful city

Recommended for:FoodiesBackpackersHistory BuffsSolo Female Travelers

Havana is absolutely incredible. I recommend you avoid the government-owned restaurants and attractions. They are so much engaging (and yummy) than the family owned shops and restaurants. Stay in an Airbnb and engage with the locals! Bring some toiletries, i.e. toothpaste, deodorant, ben gay, yep you read that right, so you can give it to individuals or an institution that will insure it goes to the right people! Enjoy and GO TO CUBA!!

Recommended for:Budget TravelersBackpackersHistory BuffsAdventure Travelers

Havana is my favorite city of all time, and I’ve been to almost 20 countries. It’s extremely (extremely) affordable, and the people are so beautiful & kind. You can find good music anywhere, make lasting friends, and attempt to understand a totally different culture. One of the best parts (as a tourist) is the lack of internet. Don’t expect to have WiFi anywhere. I highly recommend a trip with one or two friends who are ready to have an adventure and meet the completely unique city of La Havana (you should speak Spanish to some extent!!)

Recommended for:Budget TravelersBackpackersHistory BuffsNightlife Lovers

Cuba is fun if you are one who can completely disconnect. If not i wouldn’t recommend because it feels like you are going back to 1950s. Cars are preserved, no Uber or lyft. I also do not recommend for solo travel for women. Overall though it’s a beautiful place.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Havana is everything you expect and more. It can be tricky to break through the crumbling exterior but the city is full of life, art, and music.

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New Orleans

From the moment I landed, I was surrounded buy vehicles and buildings and smiles that seemed they have been waiting for me since the 1950s. Everyone in Cuba that I came across was so welcoming and enlightening. The history, culture and religious expression are like nothing else. Old Havana is such a gym and I inspire you to take a trip. They're waiting for you with a smile!

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One of my favorite destinations yet! Perfect combination of history, nightlife, and local interaction!

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Foster City, California, USA

Most intersting city in the Americas, for its rich history and culture. Now that trade embargo is lifted, I am afraid there'll be just too many American tourists flooding in.

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Mexico City, Mexico

Warm people, rude people, sometimes too much. City still stop in time fighting for a brand new identity

Recommended for:BackpackersAdventure TravelersNightlife Lovers

Great people easy to get around lots to see and do this is the perfect moment

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