La Havana Region

Havana region is located in the northwest of the island. Its capital, Havana, is the core of all political, administrative, healthcare, cultural and economic activities in the country.

A good hotel infrastructure, its port, the largest on the island, and the International Airport José Martí makes this city the most popular place for travelers arriving to the island.

In 2011, a political-administrative division within the region resulted in two new regions, Artemisa and Mayabeque.

In the menu on the right you can find extensive information on the most interesting tourist (or non tourist) locations and Cuba's best loved places. Everything you need to know about Cuba before and during your trip.

Of the 15 municipalities within its neighborhoods and divisions, it is well worth highlighting a few of particular interest to visitors:

Habana City

The Habana Old Town

Habana Vieja CubaIt is the ultimate symbol of the country. Havana city´s oldest area and a UNESCO declared World Heritage Site. Its streets and alleys contain numerous colonial houses and mansions, many noteworthy squares, churches and convents. And obviously the city´s famous Cathedral.

Distinctive museums and a few castles / fortresses including the Three Kings Castle, the Royal Forces Castle and San Carlos Fortress are some of the best-known tourist attractions.

Popular restaurants include La Bodeguita del Medio and El Floridita, The Patio or Doña Eutimia, to name just a few.

Aside from a horseback ride, with varying prices according to the route starting at 20 CUC per person, the best way to explore this iconic part of town is on foot.

Revolution Square (Municipality)

Plaza la Revolucion La HabanaThis place is where most official and medical buildings are concentrated. In addition to the National Library and National Theater, the Necropolis Colon is the National Monument of Cuba.

It is also a meeting place for locals and a centre for fun and entertainment. Its cultural center features an exhibition hall, beauty salons, restaurants and cafes among its attractions.

The many nightclubs dotted around make this a place to consider for dancing and listening to music in the Habanian nights.

Beach (Municipality)

Centro negocio Miramar HabanaPossibly, Miramar is the city´s best known neighborhood, home to most foreign embassies. It is also one of the favorite areas for employers, personalities and directors of foreign companies to live. It´s a very safe place given the high amount of surveillance both day and night. In another age this is where the high society of Cuba lived in their mansions until 1959.

There are many hotels in the area including The Neptune, Melia Cohiba, Panorama, West and many more. Another favourite is Miramar Trade Center.

This is also the city's main entertainment area. Miramar Music House is probably the most popular place in Havana. Every night they have a live show, the price of a ticket starts at 10 CUC, depending on the performance with some costing 25-30 CUC per person. Somewhat further away, there is what may be one of the most important and famous cabarets in Cuba, the Tropicana cabaret, located in Marianao district.

Don Cangrejo, Tocororo or Feminal are just some of the restaurants to enjoy a good lunch or evening meal.

Other places to visit:

  • National Aquarium - entertainment provided with dolphins
  • Havana Club in Playa Mariana - pool, gym, sauna, restaurants and bars, and beach area are among the activities available at this exclusive club.
  • Marina Hemingway - has good accommodation, restaurants and a cafe. Its marina hosts up to 400 boats. Includes a beach area and specialized diving center.
  • Havana city´s Scale Model - Open Tuesday to Saturday and showing a miniature model covering an area of 18 square meters.

Beaches

Playas del Este en HabanaPlayas del Este (Eastern Beach) is the main Havana beach area. More than 14 kilometers of golden-white sand belonging to the towns of Guanabo, Bacuranao and Santa Maria del Mar. The most renowned beaches are Tropicoco, Guanabo and Santa Maria.

The beach does not have a large accommodation capacity. Most visitors are Havana locals and people from surrounding areas spending the day at the beach and returning home at the end of the afternoon.

Means of transport

Coco taxi en la HabanaThe traveler can opt for different means of transport to get from one place to another within the region. There are many public and private taxis. Prices range from 20-25 CUC each way. Otherwise you can take the bus through the Viazul agency.

Most travelling within Havana city is by taxi. Fees vary by type and negotiation, but here are a few example taxi prices:

  • Old Havana to Marina Hemingway 10 - 15 CUC
  • Habana Old Town to Paseo, between 4 and 7 CUC
  • Habana Old Town to Habana Libre Hotel or street 23 from 4 -6 CUC

When possible it is recommended to take the Almendróns, collective taxis used by most Cubans. Often these taxis make a fixed route between areas, at a flat price of 20-25 Cuban pesos each way.

If you want to take a tour to any of the main locations, the Tourist Bus at a price of about 5 CUC per person, offers travelers three routes and the option to hop on and off at designated pick up points.