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More recently, Havana was one of the Caribbean hotspots. But at the moment when Cuba was reopened for tourism in the 1990s, this city again became a popular destination for tourism. There are many travelers at any time of the year, so you need to be prepared for crowds and queues in all significant places of the city.

Jose Marti International Airport, HAV

This is the main air gate of Cuba through which 3.5 million people pass through each year. The figure is not very impressive compared to any Beijing or San Francisco. But let's not forget that this gate was opened to the world quite recently.

 

Prepare for waiting in this airport. And you will have to wait for the luggage most of the time. In addition, you need to come here in advance, at least for a few hours, so as not to get into an unpleasant situation due to a long wait at the control.

 

But the most unpleasant thing at the Havana airport is the need to pay for literally everything, including the toilet (!). This is probably a unique local feature, although not the most pleasant one. The prices here are high, almost all stores are concentrated in Terminal 3, and even among those the choice is not the richest. Given that one way or another you will have to spend several hours here, it is better to stock up on a snack, a book or a movie in advance.

How to get from the airport to the city center?

From the airport to the center of Havana, traveling pretty far. It's more than 20 km. At the same time, public transport does not go between the two points. There are some private buses, but reliable information about the schedule and cost can be found only upon arrival at the airport. There are also special buses for airport employees who run every half hour. If you are sociable enough, you can try to negotiate with the driver and get to the center for a nominal amount, especially since the drivers are quite open to such offers.

Well, for most tourists, the only way out is a taxi. The fare is about $ 30. Drive about half an hour. And if you share the cost with other tourists, the amount comes out quite acceptable. Moreover, due to the peculiarities of local transport, cooperation between travelers is quite a normal story here.

Quick facts about Havana

Car rent
from $ 6 per day
Hotel booking
from $ 21 per night
Currency
CUP
Cuban peso

Reference average prices in Havana

🌭 Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant
$ 5,5
🍕Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course
$ 25
🍺 Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)
$ 1,5
🚌 One-way Ticket (Local Transport)
$ 0,08
🏠 Apartment rent per month (1 bedroom in City Centre)
$ 223

Best time to visit Havana

Best season to travel: December to May
Prices
Hotel from $21
Temperature
The average temperature during the year ranges from 17°C to 32°C
Precipitation
The average rainfall per year is 1190 mm
Weather

The rainy season begins in June. And from August to October there is generally an increased risk of hurricanes. Therefore, it is best to go to Cuba in winter or spring.

Havana Sightseeings

Many tourists speak of Havana as a sexual city. The capital of Cuba is emotionally electrified thanks to salsa, cocktails and an abundance of retro cars. A little more than two million people live in Havana who always have something to do for themselves in the evenings. And tourists will not get bored in this passionate city during the day.

Museum of the Revolution

This is one of the most important periods in the modern history of Cuba, so any Cuban tourist is sure to get to know him. Here you can look at the uniform of Cuban soldiers, read newspaper articles, look at other interesting artifacts of the revolution. Finding a museum will not be difficult. This is a huge and very beautiful building of the Presidential Palace, which is symbolically surrounded by artillery pieces. By the way, do not fall for the words of the locals as if the museum was closed. This is a clever attempt to lure you into one of the bars nearby instead of cultural relaxation.

Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña

Every night, at 9 p.m., tourists flock to the Havana Fortress of La Cabana to watch a cannon show, a canyonazo ceremony, where locals recreate an 18th-century shoot-out. In addition, it’s good to go here a little in advance to watch the sky fill with pale pink and blue flowers before dark. In the daytime, travelers can visit the museums of La Cabana, where art exhibitions are often held.

Retro car

The country's poverty and closeness suddenly became its tourist advantage. Havana is full of famous Cuban 50s cars. A ride on one of the perfectly restored cars can take you from about $ 40 per hour to infinity. If you just want to make a couple of stylish photos, you can take the car for a shorter time and cheaper. But then you will have the very Cuban photos that every tourist should have.

Vedado District

In one of the "new" areas of Havana is an endless series of restaurants and bars. Here, of course, you need to eat and drink first. But you can almost any evening get to a concert of a local group. Cuban music is different from other genres. Even in contemporary styles like some indie rock, you will hear unusual Cuban motifs. Havana is full of surprises, and such a musical evening could be one of the discoveries in the city.

Hemingway Trail

American writer Ernest Hemingway was a big fan of Havana. Here you can walk along his favorite places, which are still open and ready to receive tourists. For example, you can stop by the bars of La Bodeguita del Medio and La Floridita, and then stay overnight at the Ambos Mundos, where the writer spent his nights. Or simply head to the top of this elegant hotel to enjoy stunning city views.

El Bosque de la Habana

If you get tired of the noise and dust of the city, it's time to go to the green zone to breathe fresh air. El Bosque de la Habana is a swampy forest through which the Almendares River flows. This is the most popular wedding venue in the city. So romantic here. There is something fabulous and charming in this forest that you should meet.

What to eat in Havana

Cuban cuisine, of course, is different from others in the world, but not quite as you might think. Here you can find some traditional dishes or truly authentic places to eat and drink. But for the most part in Havana food is not delicious. It’s all because of Cuba’s difficult trading situation in the world. For a long time they ate what they had to, and the distribution of products was normalized by the state. Now the situation has become easier, but it hasn’t changed completely. So don’t be upset if you are constantly told in restaurants that one or another dish is temporarily not on the menu.

Very often on the menu you came across Moros y Cristianos, a literal translation of which sounds like “Moors and Christians”. Despite the formidable name, in reality it’s just a combination of black beans and white rice, which are served with stew. Another popular home-made dish is ropa vieja, which is minced beef with vegetables. A mandatory snack for Cuban coffee is fried bananas. Cuban coffee is an espresso mixed with sugar during brewing. It is so strong served in tiny cups. And to find something like lavender latte in Havana will be almost impossible. So get used to very strong coffee and order fried bananas with it.

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