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Havana Introduction


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Havana is one of the world's most beguiling cities, one seemingly caught in colonial and 1950s time-warps. Old Havana, or Habana Vieja, is an amalgam of historic structures, cobbled plazas, castles, cathedrals and classical mansions that date back centuries from the height of Spanish international power. In fact, Havana's core is unrivaled in the Americas for its legacy of historic buildings, although many buildings are now in various states of dereliction; others have been renovated and serve as museums, hotels and restaurants.  Click here to see the full Havana travel guide on Travel42 »

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Havana Geography


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Havana is located on the northwest coast of Cuba, just 90 mi/145 km south of Key West, Florida. Most tourist attractions are in Old Havana (Habana Vieja), the colonial city laid out during the 16th and 17th centuries in a grid on the west bank of Bahia de la Habana. Old Havana extends west from the bay to the Prado, a broad, tree-lined esplanade beyond which lies the 19th-century residential area of Centro Habana, inland of the seafront boulevard called the Malecon.   Click here to see the full Havana travel guide on Travel42 »

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Havana History


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Founded in 1519 by Spanish conquistadores on the shores of a flask-shaped bay, San Cristobal de la Habana was ideally situated for growth. Spain's Treasure Fleet of the Americas assembled there for the twice-annual journey to Spain, and the city grew wealthy from shipbuilding and provisioning. Vast profits from sugar production and the slave trade added to the economy. Great castles were built to protect Havana from pirates and foreign invaders.   Click here to see the full Havana travel guide on Travel42 »

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Havana Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Visitors should concentrate their time in Old Havana. Its narrow, congested, delightfully intriguing cobbled streets are best explored on foot. Begin your tour in Plaza de Armas, where the main sites include the Castillo de la Real Fuerza and the Palacio de los Capitanes-Generales. Walk south along Calle Oficios to Plaza San Francisco and follow Calle Muralla west to Plaza Vieja, lined with restored colonial buildings. Continue north along Calle Mercaderes, making a stop at the Maqueta de la Habana (a scale model of the old city). At Empedrado, turn left into Plaza de la Catedral, which is dominated by the antique cathedral.   Click here to see the full Havana travel guide on Travel42 »

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Havana Nightlife


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Long gone are the times of Havana's nocturnal heyday, and the city has very few worthy bars, although that is now quickly changing as entrepreneurs with money to spare are opening private bars and nightclubs in response to Raul Castro's reforms. Still, the city has something for everyone, whether your interests bend to movies and rumbas or jazz and cabarets. Many venues are expensive, and thus virtually off-limits to most Cubans, although this is changing as more and more Cubans have at least a modest income of hard currency. Many places are relatively quiet midweek but packed on weekends. Many nightclubs charge a consumo minimo (minimum consumption) fee, often in addition to entry.  Click here to see the full Havana travel guide on Travel42 »

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Havana Restaurants & Dining


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Several dozen paladares (private restaurants) of note have opened in recent years, adding spice to what was for many years a lackluster epicurean scene. There is now plenty to choose from, with something of international standard for every taste.   Click here to see the full Havana travel guide on Travel42 »

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