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Did we just travel back in time? Maybe. Or maybe it’s Havana, that magical place that time has only recently rediscovered. The city is a jumble of culture, music, and joy. Classic streetcars cruise with their tops down as musicians on every corner provide the ultimate vacation playlist. Buildings are painted every color of the rainbow and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a face without a smile.
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#havanacuba | @ashleebrookephoto
Did we just travel back in time? Maybe. Or maybe it’s Havana, that magical place that time has only recently rediscovered. The city is a jumble of culture, music, and joy. Classic streetcars cruise with their tops down as musicians on every corner provide the ultimate vacation playlist. Buildings are painted every color of the rainbow and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a face without a smile.
Havana, Cuba
N 23.11° / W 82.36°
Map of Havana
#FunFact
Don’t be alarmed! That loud boom you just heard was only a cannon. Every night at 9pm a cannon shot rings out, a tradition that was started in colonial times as a signal that the city gates were closing for the night.
When to go
#oldhavana | @dustincohen
January & February
Havana has a warm, tropical climate year-round, so there are really only two seasons you need to worry about: the wet and dry seasons. The dry season runs in the winter, and the best time to visit is when the temperature drops and the skies clear, typically January and February.
Discoveries
#oldhavana | @sonikhanem
Get Your Steps In
A walk around old Havana’s cobblestone streets can’t be replicated. Buzzing shops, street vendors, and restaurants are broken up by the mojito bars on every corner. Take in all of the energy on Calle Obispo then discover a street all to yourself and let the city do the talking. If you find yourself in old Havana after dark, follow the music to a second story bar for a great view and true local’s scene.
#habanavieja | @filizdibi
New Ride, Who This?
Rent a streetcar and explore the city in style, or as our discoverer @ike.alice puts it, “Get in that hot pink cadillac and feel like a badass.”
When the sun starts to get close to the horizon, cruise down el Malecón and watch it kiss the sea while the salt air fills your lungs. Pull over and grab a fresh mango from one of the street vendors along the way, and indulge in Cuban sensory overload.
Floridita | @mahgey
Hang like Hemingway
There’s a reason the famous writer frequented Floridita for inspiration. Their to-die-for daiquiris are enough to make anyone’s creative juices start flowing. ¡Salud!
Fábrica de Arte Cubano | @roamingwithrach
Artsy After-Hours
Fábrica de Arte Cubano is a must for anyone looking for nightlife. The unique building features art exhibits throughout, two separate areas for performers, a DJ in the basement, and a restaurant if you need to stop and fuel up. This is a home of artistic expression and whether you come in to check out the exhibits, take a salsa class, or dance the night away, you won’t regret this stop.
Natalie's Discovery
@miss_traveltheworld
"After a strenuous day of sightseeing in Habana Vieja, strolling along Havana’s famous seawall Malecón was exactly what I needed. I took a short break at the opposite side of the Castillo de los Tres Santos Reyes Magos del Morro, enjoyed the cool ocean breeze and read a few pages in Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea."
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Eat This
La Guarida | @psantos_02
Make Yourself at Home
"Paladares" are family-owned restaurants operated out of the owner’s home. The people in Havana are known for their welcoming personalities, so if you’re looking for a true Cuban meal look no further. When in doubt- go for Cuban rice and beans or fresh seafood.
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Night life, Cocktails
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El Del Frente
Trendy, Authentic
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NAO
Cuban, Music, Bar
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Otramanera
Refined & intimate
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Stay Here
Casa Flamboyan
Casa Flamboyan
The Best of Airbnb
When visiting Havana, staying in a native home is necessary for full cultural immersion, plus, it puts profits in the hands of the locals instead of the government. Airbnb is your best friend and conveniently lets you know which spots have A/C, something that should not be taken for granted. Here are some of our favorites that have the amenities and the culture we’re dying for.
Casa Flamboyan
$240/night
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Ocean View
$116/night
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Casa-Bosque
$100/night
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Atico ily
$107/night
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guide me
#lahavana | @monadegreve
Cha-Ching!
Discoverer @snackandjill learned firsthand to be financially prepared when traveling to Havana. Read more tips from Jill's blog.
"US issued credit/debit cards will not work. You cannot purchase things with them and ATMs will not work for you. Figure out how much money you will need per day and bring enough cash with you."
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Discoverers of Havana
I Discover To...
Maxime Senior
@exploraddict
 
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"I Discover To... feed my overwhelming curiosity of other cultures."
"A short walk through old Havana will show the faded remains of Spanish Colonialism through its architecture and crumbling facades. Juxtaposed with this backdrop is the enduring and free spirit of the Cubans who show their true colors through their art, music, and ability to overcome all challenges."
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