• What is there to see in Havana?
The different neighbourhoods Havana are divided to have unique qualities that make them wonderful places and above all,c places that you can’t miss on your trip to Havana, Cuba.
Old Havana located in the east of the city, facing the bay, is the supposed masterpiece of the city, located where the town was initially founded. Havana Center, is a neighbourhood located in the north and central part of the city that offers a vast view of Cuba and hosts a great number of emblematic sites; while Vedado, officially known as Revolution Square and it’s most impressive area being the old fiefdom of the Mafia, is full of hotels and restaurants, with a lively nightlife. This municipality is the commercial and residential center of Havana.
Old Havana is one of the most peaceful and safest areas in all of Latin America. It was also declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The best way to get to know it is to walk through its streets, get lost in its alleys and create routes with your own senses. Spending time in any area of this iconic neighbourhood will make your journey a fantastic experience.
Havana Center is one of the most beautiful and cheerful places of the Cuban capital. In it are some of the most interesting and emblematic buildings of the country. In addition, if you want to rest and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this neighbourhood has many parks, full of monuments, fountains and greenery.. Finally, you cannot leave Havana Center behind without visiting the famed Malecón de La Habana, one of the city’s landmarks, while walking in front of the sea and enjoying the pleasant and fresh sea breeze.
• What is there to do in Havana?
Havana will earn a spot in your heart, with its countless dimensions and possibilities to offer you. Stroll through its lively and colourful streets, from La Habana Vieja (Old Havana) to Vedado, lose yourself between the centuries of colonial and contemporary history it offers, meet the old countrymen who rejoice in all the corners of the village with their tales, stories and puntos cubanos.
Let yourself be trapped in the music and sun, attending some of the magnificent dance classes that offer the best Caribbean rhythms, or simply enjoy Caribbean music live music while you sip a tasty mojito.
Admire the spectacular panoramic views of the Malecón, especially at sunset, and then enjoy the Cañonazo ceremony that keeps the tradition of lifting the protection chains of the port alive, every day at 9PM. Although, if you prefer to experience it up close, you can attend it at the Fortaleza San Carlos de la Cabaña (San Carlos de la Cabaña Fortress). Discover the majestic buildings you'll find in Central Havana, such as the impressive Capitolio Nacional de Cuba (National Capitol of Cuba), and discover the beautiful classic cars that drive through the city daily, authentic museum pieces that you can see, photograph and even drive.
• The Best Places to See in Varadero, Cuba
Even during the winter months, a considerable number of visitors come to enjoy the wonders of this Cuban enclave, fleeing from the cold weather of different parts of the world, since the climate here is exceptional virtually all year round.
In addition to its incredible white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters, which are considered among the best beaches in Cuba and the world, Varadero has many attractions that make it a very attractive destination for spending unforgettable days of relaxation and fun.
• The Best Plans to Make in Varadero
This destination is famous for the diverse of activities it offers, especially water sports. It is an ideal place to practice diving or snorkelling, since it has an amazing sea bed with a lot of species all over the Varadero beach area. Multicoloured fish, coral reefs and molluscs are some of the marvels you will find if you decide to explore the possibilities Varadero offers to the lovers of this sport.
Horseback riding or cycling are good ways to enjoy the idyllic surroundings of the area. They allow you to get to know the treasures that await you from a different perspective and one that is extremely respectful of the environment.
Another of the natural jewels of this area is the Zapata Peninsula, an exotic swamp area that today is one of the most outstanding natural reserves in the country. This reserve, along with Guamá, with its Aldea Taína (Taino Village), its Crocodile Farm and the Laguna del Tesoro (Lake) make up a getaway you can't miss.
One of the most fascinating caves that you can find in Varadero is the Cueva de los Musulmanes, in the Reserva Ecológica Varahicacos (Varahicacos Ecological Reserve), where there are prehistoric remains of the first inhabitants of the island. You will also find fascinating indigenous wall paintings in the Cueva Ambrosio (Ambrosio Cave). Although, without a doubt, the most fascinating caves are the Cuevas de Bellamar, in Matanzas, with its more than 20 kilometres of galleries, its impressive stalagmites and stalactites have become one of the most popular attractions in Cuba.
Excursion to Cayo Largo, a trip to a beautiful island where you can swim in the nearly untouched beaches of fine white sand with turquoise waters, where dolphins and starfish are abundant. In short, a true paradise..
Another excursion you cannot miss is Cayo Blanco. The trip begins with a beautiful catamaran ride, with entertainment and open bar, until you reach the cayo. In the middle of the trip, you will make a stop to dive in the coral reef. Once in Cayo Blanco you will be able to enjoy this uninhabited island, virgin beaches and crystal clear waters. The spectacular fauna and flora that live in its mangroves or in its sea beds, like the black coral, will make your day unforgettable.