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Downtown Havana – Go on a unique journey to a timeless place

Intricately detailed facade of the Gran Teatro de La Habana in Downtown Havana.

Havana is the fascinating capital of Cuba. After many years of being closed off from other parts of the world being one of the greatest secret cities in the world, Havana Downtown has now become one of the greatest places to visit in the world.

Havana has lots of mysteries and attractions for the tourists who are streaming through its streets in large numbers.

This place is still an incredible time capsule waiting to be discovered. If you have heard of the many wonderful things you can explore in Havana and wants to visit now, here is a perfect guide for you.

When is the best time to visit Havana?

Based on Havana weather, the best time to visit the city is in the dry season between December and May. During this period you can expect dry, sunny, and warm days.

Classic American cars lining the colorful streets of Downtown Havana, Cuba.
Step back in time with the classic cars and vibrant streets on your visit to Downtown Havana.

Between June and November is the wet season. This is not a good time to travel, as there is a high possibility of hurricanes. However, there is an increasing interest in traveling to Havana, and this has enhanced people’s preparedness for the unpredictable weather.

August is known for carnivals with a party atmosphere and colorful street parades. October is known for the International Havana Ballet Festival, which has been a renowned event since 1960. And December is well-known or the Havana International Jazz Festival, an event that features large concerts.

The bustling Malecón waterfront in Downtown Havana, a popular gathering spot.
Experience the lively atmosphere of the Malecón, the heart of social life in Downtown Havana.

What to do in Havana?

There are several interesting things to do in Havana Cuba to enjoy your stay. Here are a few of them:

Take a ride in vintage cars: You probably haven’t driven a vintage car before but have seen several ones in movies. Visiting Havana will give you the opportunity to enjoy a ride in any of those famous vintage cars. Guess what? These cars aren’t just for tourist attractions but are cars used every day in Havana. So, riding in a yellow mustang is one thing you can do in Havana.

Eat at a Paladar: Eating at a paladar is one of the essential Havana experiences. A paladar is an inside house restaurant that will give you an exceptionally personal feel while you eat there.

Walkthrough the Malecón: Havana has sea surrounding it and one of the best ways to enjoy the sea weather is on the Malecon. It is a sea wall that basically surrounds the city, about 8 km in total.

Visit the major sights: There are some buildings and other city features that you must not miss during your Havana tour. Such as Plaza de la Revolucion. Here you can see the monument of Jose Marti and the giant painting of Che Guevara face on the wall of the Interior Ministry.  One other is the Capitol Building. Its construction is exactly the same as the US Capitol building, but this one is a little bigger.

Historic colonial architecture in Downtown Havana, showcasing the city's rich heritage.
Explore the stunning colonial architecture that gives Downtown Havana its unique charm.

What to see specifically at Havana Downtown?

There are lots of cultural attractions and unique things to see in Havana. Here are a few top attractions in Havana:

  • Old Havana to see Plaza de Armas,
  • Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro
  • Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana
  • Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and
  • El Capitolio (very similar to but bigger than the US Capitol Building)

Why is Havana Downtown so special?

Art lovers will enjoy the large collection of Cuban art available at the Museum of Fine Arts. History lovers will be amazed to find the artifacts available at Museo de la Revolucion. Literature people will find pleasure at Finca Vigia, Hemingway’s previous home.

However, to really enjoy the taste of Havana’s charms, walk around the colorful streets of Old Havana, or have a drink with the local people. Either way, the chances of a great time in Havana are endless.

Intricately detailed facade of the Gran Teatro de La Habana in Downtown Havana.
Admire the architectural grandeur of the Gran Teatro de La Habana, a jewel in Downtown Havana.

Where to stay in Havana Downtown?

It is worth knowing that there are a few nice hotels in Havana Cuba to reside during your visit.

These hotels are much better than any average home in Havana and include:

  • Hotel Florida – located in Calle Obispo, Old Havana.
  • Hotel Saratoga – features a hip baroque style, and
  • Hotel Nacional de Cuba – Historic number hotel in Havana

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