What to do in Havana?
What to do in
Although Havana may have disappointed us a bit, there is still alot to do in this city. But after 5 days in Havana, you’ve seen this city. What to see in the capital of Cuba, you can read in this what to do in Havana.
1 Havana with an Oldtimer
When visiting Havana, a tour in a vintage car is, of course, not to be missed. You can book these tours in advance or you can speak to one of the numerous cab drivers and ask for a tour. That first option will cost you about 50 euros while that second option may cost you a maximum of 25 euros after good negotiation. The only disadvantage you have then is that you don’t have an exact schedule, with a planned tour you do.
2 Habana Vieja / Old Havana
Havana is actually divided into 3 districts. Centro Habana, Vedado and the most important for tourists: Habana Vieja or otherwise called Old Havana. In this district you will find some of the most beautiful colonial buildings and you can enjoy a delicious moijto in one of the many cozy squares. Do bring plenty of water on hots days during your trip. Because the temperatures can rise very fast. It is best to start a visit to this district at Plaza de Armas and end at Parque Central. For a good orientation without internet, it is best to use the app Maps.Me.
3 Valley of Vinales
While a day trip to the beautiful Valley of Vinales may be a bit short, it is definitely recommended (unless you have time for several days). Because this piece of nature that has been declared a national monument in Cuba is truly beautiful. And in addition to the beautiful nature, you can also find the best tobacco in the world. You can book a tour to this Valley online or at one of the better hotels in Havana. For a group tour you pay about 120 euros and for a private tour you pay double.
4 Lying on the beach in Varadero
Want to spend a day relaxing by a beautiful blue sea? Then a trip to Varadero is definitely a must do! Here you will find one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Varadero is about 1 hour and 15 minutes away by car and 2 hours away by bus. However, making this trip by bus is cheaper. For this trip, it is best to use the Viazul buses (book them early!).
5 Cabaret Tropicana
A visit to the Cabaret Tropicana should not be missing from your list if you love dance and culture. Because in this authentic Cuban show, you get to see both. You will also learn a lot about the rich dance culture of this country. However, this show is not cheap, as you pay 75 euros for the cheapest ticket and 95 euros for the most expensive. Dining at this show is also possible, but you’ll pay an extra 20 euros for it.
6 Drinking Moijto at Hotel National de Cuba
Enjoying a delicious moijto is, of course, part of the experience in Cuba. You can find these just about anywhere in Havana. But the best place to drink a moijto de is, in our opinion, in the bar of the Hotel National de Cuba. Here you can drink a mafia moijto. The best you’ll find in Cuba. In addition, at this hotel you will also walk in the footsteps of some famous faces such as Johny Depp and Churchil.
Next in the list of what to do in Havana is the Malécon. This is a long embankment along the water that is recommended by all the locals. And although this road looks beautiful at sunset, it does bother us a bit that the Malécon is located on a very busy road. So this place is not really quiet. Not spending much time in Havana? You better skip this one.
8 Parque Almendares
Are you like us, quickly tired of the hustle and bustle of a city like Havana? Then Parque Almendares is really a place where you can escape the crowds. Because in this beautiful, green park you can really relax. Partly because of its varied and beautiful plantings and because of a soothing river that runs through the park. The best way to reach this place is by taxi. You don’t have to pay an entrance fee for Parque Almendares. Definitely recommended in this list of what to do in Havana. It is a hidden gem.
9 Visit museums
Visiting one of the numerous museums in Havana is also one of the possibilities when visiting Havana. For example, you can visit Museo de la Ciudad, Museo de la Revolución, Museum of the City and many other museums. We ourselves did not do any of the museums because we have heard from several people that these museums are not always worthwhile.
10 Plaza de la Revolución
The last in this list of what to do in Havana is immediately one with historical value. For in Plaza de la Revolución it was Fidel Castro who addressed the crowd. Consequently, communism radiates from this square. Which can give a very strange feeling. But you have to see it.