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Havana Travel Guide

Plan Your Havana Vacation

In this historic seaport, long known as the Key to the New World, classic American cars clatter along streets lined with Spanish architecture and pulsating with African and Caribbean rhythms. Old Havana's baroque facades, massive-columned palaces, and lush patios whisper tales of Cuba's colonial past. Everywhere, Spanish, African, Caribbean, and American flavors boil in a dynamic and

sensual brew.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Architecture Havana has many outstanding examples of Spanish colonial architecture. The UNESCO restoration project currently underway will, over the next decade, transform La Habana Vieja (Old Havana)—a World Heritage Site—into a living museum of colonial architecture.
  2. Music Havana is almost literally made of music. Musicians, musicologists, and music lovers are the rule rather than the exception in Cuba. In the city's plethora of bars, café, patios, restaurants, rooftops, terraces, and clubs, dozens of sounds and rhythms pulsate nearly around the clock.
  3. Museums The bustling streets of Havana form a living museum that reveal much about its modern history. The Museo de la Revolución, Museo de Arte Colonial, and the Museo de la Ciudad de la Habana are sources of insight into why the city looks as it does.
  4. History A walk around Havana offers as much about the city's modern history as it does about its past. Because of the U.S. embargo on Cuba, the city has remained in a bizarre historical time warp for almost 50 years, a unique circumstance that is very much evident in the capital
  5. Beaches The residents of Havana catch their rays on the Playas del Este, a string of white-sand beaches 20 km (12 mi) east of Havana on the Straits of Florida. The strands themselves are fine, shoaling off into brilliant aquamarine waters over coral reefs; the resorts, however, may disappoint.

When To Go

When to Go

November through May is high season, and temperatures are more moderate than at other times of the year. February is Cuba's coolest month, with temperatu...

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