A city that will take you back in time, Havana is the snazziest of all the capital cities in the Caribbean. The presence of old colourful buildings, vintage cars dominating the streets, the sound of music from every other building, and the oddly-satisfying smell of cigar smoke will make you fall in love with the Cuban capital immediately.
Top Attractions in Havana
Havana has a number of attractions that will intrigue you as a tourist. One of the cityâ€™s most visited hotspots is the MalecÃ³n, an 8 km long seawall where people gather around sunset to party or spend some leisurely time. Some of the other important places to visit here are Plaza de la Revolucion, Cathedral de San Cristobal, Revolution Museum, La CabaÃ±a Fort (for Cannon firing show), Cuban Missile Crisis Tunnels, and Central and Old Havana (for photograph worthy vintage buildings). You may also visit cigar factories at Vinales, a rural town just a short drive from Havana.
Shopping in Havana
Over the past few years as the tourist influx has increased in Cuba, a number of shops selling cigars, rums, coffees, arts and crafts, and souvenirs have popped up in Havana. While visiting the famous squares of the city, like Plaza Vieja and Plaza de Armas, you will come across many outlets that sell paintings, sculptures, jewellery, small trinkets, handbags, leather shoes, hand carved wooden boxes, and more.
Eating Out in Havana
The food scene in Havana has transformed for good in the recent years. You will find a number of independent Cuban restaurants all across the city that serve delicious Cuban dishes like Ropa Vieja, Grilled Lobster, Mariquitas, Tostones, and Arroz Amarillo con Pollo. The drinking culture of Cuba is all about Rum. You will find several places throughout Havana serving different types of cocktails, like pina colada, margarita, mojito, cuba libre, and more.
Best Time to Visit
Due to Cubaâ€™s tropical location, the place stays fairly warm throughout the year. There are mainly two seasons in Cuba, Dry and Wet. The best time to be in Havana is during the dry season which is from December to May. June marks the beginning of wet season. Although August is unpredictable in terms of weather, you can see Havana in its full glory as thatâ€™s the time Havana Carnival.
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