The buzzing metropolis that is Havana has been capturing the imagination of travellers for decades - with most people thinking of it as a fascinating city destination...
The truth, however, is that there are miles and miles of typically Caribbean palm-tree-dotted beaches lining the northern shores of Cuba, such as those in lovely Playas del Este. The glamorous city of Havana, with its white sand beaches, cosy, welcoming bars, and truly exceptional hotels, can therefore provide both seaside relaxation and culture, all in the same package. Not something you can say about many capitals.
In fact, there is so much to see here that, once you've touched down in this vibrant destination and unpacked your best holiday threads at your hotel, it is a good idea to take a tour of Havana to get your bearings. It's a big place, but you'll soon get a feel for it. And the best way to navigate the streets is undoubtedly in an American classic car, such as the Buicks and Pontiacs you see on the city streets, however, car hire is available.
Tours in these comfortable automobiles are widely available. But if you prefer to orientate yourself without the vintage glamour, simply stroll along the four miles of city coastline known as the Malecon, or Avenida de Maceo. However you get around, you'll also want to visit Old Havana (Habana Vieja), which houses some of the most interesting, and most photographed, historical buildings in the capital, and more modern Centro Habana, which includes Chinatown and has plenty of shops, bars, and restaurants catering for tourists. At night, meanwhile, the Vedado or Miramar districts are the places to be.
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You can head to Havana throughout the year. However, some months are better than others...
Many visitors choose to book Havana holidays between November and March, when daytime temperatures are in the early twenties and rainfall is minimal. Travelling between April and October means higher temperatures but more chance of rain, with high humidity between June and September.
Looking to pep up your holiday with an event or festival during your stay in Cuba? Then try one of our suggestions...
26th of July Movement Celebrations: Sip mojitos or rum with the locals as Havana puts on its party shoes and hosts dancing and song in the streets to mark the 1950s' coup.
Havana Carnival; July-August: If you're not sure where to be for this lively carnival (the Malecon is a safe bet), simply follow the sounds of drums and excited folk. Children are looked after, with a day devoted to the little ones during this hugely popular event, which takes place every weekend in July and August.
Havana International Jazz Festival; December: Smooth sounds and a cool city blend together perfectly for Havana's premier jazz event. There are some ticketed shows, as well as lots of free gigs, at various venues around the city.
There is much to see and do in the Cuban capital, no matter where your interests lie...
Grown-up families: The Museum of the Revolution will make history spring to life. You'll discover plenty about Cuba's turbulent past via interesting exhibits at this museum in Old Havana.
Active types: If you're really serious about swinging hips with the locals, book a couple of dance classes and learn how to move to the salsa and rumba rhythms.
Shopping: Obispo Street is where you'll find some of the classic images of Havana, plus a huge range of goods at great prices.