Planning Your Time

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Planning Your Time

If You Have 3 Days

On your first day, in La Habana Vieja, do a whirlwind tour of Plaza Vieja, Plaza de la Catedral, and Plaza de Armas, with a stop at La Bodeguita del Medio (or, for better scenery and fewer tourists, El Patio, in front of the cathedral) for a mojito. Take a taxi through the harbor tunnel to the fortresses. Have dinner at La Divina Pastora before (or after) the 9 pm cannon blast at the Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabaña. On day two, explore Centro Habana; visit the Capitolio, the Fábrica de Tabacos Partagás, and the NH Parque Central before having a daiquirí at El Floridita. In the afternoon, walk the length of Calle Obispo from El Floridita to Plaza de Armas; stroll the Paseo del Prado or El Malecón. On day three, visit the Universidad de la Habana and the Necrópolis Cristóbal Colón before touring Vedado's impressive town houses and the mansions of Miramar. Dine at El Aljibe, then head for the Tropicana cabaret and its kitsch reviews or Macumba for hot music and incandescent dancing.

If You Have 5 Days

On the first day, explore the many sights in La Habana Vieja's southern half, starting at the Casa Natal de José Martí and ending at the Plaza Vieja. On day two, take in the Plaza de la Catedral and the Plaza de Armas before wandering along Calle de los Oficios, with its many art galleries. In the early evening, taxi through the harbor tunnel to the fortresses. Visit the Museo del Che and the Museo de la Cabaña in the Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabaña, and have dinner at La Divina Pastora before or after the 9 pm cannon blast at La Cabaña.

On the third day, head for Centro Habana to see the Capitolio, the Fábrica de Tabacos Partagás, the Teatro Nacional García Lorca, the Hotel Inglaterra, and the Parque Central. In the afternoon, after a daiquirí at El Floridita, walk the length of Calle Obispo from El Floridita to Plaza de Armas; stroll the Paseo del Prado or El Malecón. On day four, explore the campus of the Universidad de la Habana and visit the Callejón de Hamel, UNEAC (for an Afro-Cuban performance), and the Necropolis de Colón. On the fifth day, stroll the Paseo del Prado or El Malecón in the morning, then take a taxi tour of Vedado's elegant town houses and the mansions of Miramar. Have dinner at El Aljibe, then take in the floor show at the Tropicana or try Macumba for salsa and dancing.

If You Have 7 Days

Follow the five-day itinerary. On the sixth day, check out the waterfront crafts market on El Malecón before driving (or hiking) through the lush jungle of the Parque Almendares on the west side of the Río Almendares on the way to the Plaza de la Revolución. From here, drive through the harbor tunnel to Eastern Havana, stopping at the fishing village of Cojímar for lunch at Las Terrazas. Visit Hemingway's Finca Vigía in San Francisco de Paula before returning to Havana. Have a late dinner at a paladar in Miramar and continue out to Macumba for some dancing. On day seven, try the beach at Santa Maria del Mar in Playas del Este. Come back to Havana for dinner and a music show at Café Cantante or Casa de la Música.

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