Havana Travel Guide
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- 60%Adventure Travelers
- 60%Local Culture
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- HavanaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsLGBT+ 3
Havana, Cuba, isn't exactly the place our parents warned us about anymore. The people are extremely friendly and always willing to help. Havana is a magical place where you can easily find yourself getting lost in the music and a good few mojitos! If you ever get the chance to go, jump on it! I won my trip to Cuba from the Havana Club Gap Year competition and I'm so grateful.
- HavanaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8
Havana is a crumbling colonial paradise, where the cobblestone streets are lined with classic american cars and palm trees, and the air is an unchanging warm breezy embrace.
It is fascinating to observe the nuances of everyday life in revolutionary society, where the fundamental social contract is law and basic human rights are upheld as national policy. There is no advertising.
- HavanaMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4
A unique and impressive city. At once you can feel the opulance of the past wealth in the grand buldings, while also sensing the strife of people now as they struggle to keep cars and homes from deteriorating and earn a living in the underground economy. The Malecon is a defining characteristic of lifestyle here. I fully recommend staying in casa particulares (private houses as opposed to hotel/hostels) which allow you to give money directly to people and also gain insight into there perspectives and daily lives. There is also great food in this town, but it seems like tourists are still having a hard time finding it.
- HavanaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 3
Havana cidade da musica, dos charutos e do rum. Cidade de gente simpática, de cultura e conhecimento. Se pudesse todos os anos iria a Havana, uma cidade que me deixou encantado, pelos seus famosos carros, pela sua musica que toca em cada canto, cada esquina...pela sua mística. Havana tem edifícios coloniais lindos. Havana é uma cidade de gente feliz. Havana é um dos locais do mundo onde todos deveriam visitar.
extremely friendly and joyous people. only if they find out you speak spanish, they will most probably ask you to spend dollars they earned in whatever ways in the intershops for them, because they are not allowed to purchase there. Cubans are being given very small rations of food, just basic clothes (like a pair of shoes and a skirt or trousers once a year). they are really HAPPY when they are given a perfumed soap or a piece of chocolate, or a nail polish, things everyone in non-communist countries take for granted. an extremely beautiful and exciting place though.
- HavanaMember ofFoodiesLuxury TravelersTrendstersArt & Design Lovers
La Habana should be on every tourist's list when in Cuba. This city is absolutely fabulous with its many old buildings (that unfortunately are not being restored for the most part - what a shame). Old Habana is gorgeous and charming with its many little alleys and places to enjoy daiquiris and mojitos. Day trips from Varadero are easy and convenient. Old cars everywhere and lots of attractions to visit. A must!
- HavanaMember ofBudget TravelersFamily TravelersSpiritual Seekers
La Habana es un lugar muy hermoso, especialmente la Habana vieja. La comida es sabrosa y puedes encontrar varios restaurantes a precio bien económicos. Una de las cosas que mas me gusto de este lugar es la estrutura colonial española de la Habana vieja, se da un parecido al viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Havana is a beautiful place, especially the Old Havana. The food is tasty and you can find several good restaurants to economical price. One of the things I like about this place is the Spanish colonial structure of Old Havana, this place look like the old San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Make no mistake, times are hard in Cuba. Cuba has been frozen in time for the last 50 years. As a result, Cubans have struggled through countless bouts of famine, rations, and crises. The economy collapsed with the fall of the Soviet Union and has been in a downward spiral ever since.
The older Cubans believe the Socialist propaganda they read in the papers. They seem completely unaware that the world has evolved since 1960. They argue about world events from decades ago and assume that mobile phones and the Internet are simply science fiction.
The architecture is timelessly breathtaking and is evidence of its storied history. However, the houses and apartments have been washed away by time, exposing the real Cuba.
Yet despite the relentless challenges, the people endure. Music carries the Cuban people just as it has for decades. Havana moves to a collective Salsa beat which puts a smile on the face of even the poorest Cuban.
And they work with what they have. You won’t hear a single complaint that once again it’s a pulled pork sandwich for lunch and rice and beans for dinner.
But the younger generation is excited for the future. They stand up tall, realizing they posses something special. They know that the time is getting close now and they are ready to reveal themselves to the world.
Havana is like a museum--time stopped in the 1960s, and the architecture is amazing. Half of it is crumbling to bits, but the time-warp effect is still strong. I loved all the old-style coffee places, and the old hotel on the malecon, which was so mod it hurt, even if half the lightbulbs were gone. I know it's not great to love a city for this (ie, not all that great for the Cubans who actually live there), but it's hard not to.
La Habana is clearly the heart and soul of Cuba. From the historic monuments to the remnants of the Cuban revolution, la Habana is like a beautiful postcard from the 1950's. Cuban people are kind-hearted, friendly and have a contagious smile. El Capitolio, the coco taxis are not be be missed and Old Habana is definitely a worthy stop-over.
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