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  • Havana
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    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.

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  • Havana

    urbane, hot, multi-cultural, international, jazzy, historic, happening - a must when on Cuba :-) - enjoy ox

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  • Havana

    Amazing decadent city, full of contradictions, sensual, intellectual, don't visit it like a tourist, please!

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  • Havana
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    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.

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    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.

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  • Havana

    Havana is so special. Something is in the air that makes this city special. Friendly people, beautiful streets, old cars, the quietness and many more. After all, it was Hemingway's favourite place.

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  • Havana

    Enjoyed Havana alot! Big city with alot going on. A ton to see and do here with shops, cafes and bars and attractions here.

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  • Havana
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    Try to stay with "Bed and Breakfast", that's really nice. The city is very interesting and just loves all the music everywhere, even the smallest bar have an orchestra.

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  • Havana
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    Прогулки по Гаване, океан, колорит, пальмы! Когда-нибудь обязательно приеду ещё!

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  • Havana
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    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.

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  • Havana

    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.

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  • Havana

    Beautiful, historical place....most of the places we went to were very old and the stories told were amazing. Went for a Lunch in a quaint restaurant where there were dancers to entertain us while we ate : )

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  • Havana
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    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!

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  • Havana
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    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.

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  • Havana

    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.

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  • Havana

    I was there the last year Americans were permitted if they were on a tour. It was extremely interesting, but overwhelming. Definitely take a trip out to Varadero Beach (con la punta arena.)

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  • Havana

    BEAUTIFUL CITY, SO FULL OF HISTORY, ONLY DOWNFALL WERE SCAMMING VENDORS(CIGARS), AND SO SAD TO BE IN THE CENTER OF SO MUCH POVERTY AND BEGGING. GREAT BARS WITH THE BEST MUSIC IN ALMOST EVERYONE, STARTING MID-DAY, GREAT FOOD AND DRINK!

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  • Havana

    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.

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  • Havana

    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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  • Havana
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Just try to find a city that inspires as many equal parts passion and confusion as does Havana. 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. You don't need 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, private homes and street corners. Cuban food, when it's available, is legendary, and nowhere better to try this than the paladares, 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?

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4.5 out of 5
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