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Havana is Cuba’s capital city. Spanish colonial architecture in its 16th-century Old Havana core includes the Castillo de la Real Fuerza, a fort and maritime museum. The National Capitol Building is an iconic 1920s landmark. Also in Old Havana is the baroque Catedral de San Cristóbal and Plaza Vieja, whose buildings reflect the city’s vibrant architectural mix. The home of Cuban cigars and Havana rum, if that’s not enough to get your sprinting here then the political culture available at every street corner should do the trick

Vintage American cars line the city’s streets and rumba groups play in the painted alley Callejón de Hamel. Salsa emanates from clubs and cabaret is performed at the famed Tropicana. In Centro Habana, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes displays Cuban art, the stately Gran Teatro presents ballet and theater, and the Museo de la Revolución inhabits the former presidential palace. Along the water is the Malecón promenade and Playas del Este beaches. Just east of Havana in San Francisco de Paula is Finca Vigia, the former home (now a museum) of the writer Ernest Hemingway.

“Shop” for the Classic Car of Your Dreams

Car shop in Havana

It’s said that Cubans are the best mechanics in the world. The proof? Thousands of painstakingly maintained vintage American cars, imported before the Cuban revolution, and kept running through scavenged parts and sheer improvisation. These 1950s “Yank tanks” appear everywhere in Cuba, with an estimated 60,000 still in use. But none are more nattily cared for than the candy-colored lookers lining the streets of Havana’s Parque Central. Most are used as taxis, so simply shop around for a favorite then hop inside for a chauffeured joyride. The toughest choice is whether to go with that ’57 Chevrolet Bel Air or the ’53 Ford Crestline Sunliner convertible, or…

Discover the Ultimate People-Watching Destination

havana sunset

The Malecón, a promenade along the city’s coastline, is never empty. By day, fishermen line the rocky outcrops beyond the cement ledge while hawkers and food carts cater to passerby; at night, this is the meeting place for lovers, sunset-gazers, and anyone looking for cheap entertainment. Think of it as a town square stretched over five miles. There’s no bad time to walk or cruise the Malecón, but this seaside strip is at its most atmospheric in the golden afternoon light.

Raise a Glass to Papa Hemingway

Hemingway

It’s a well-documented fact that one of Cuba’s favorite adopted sons, writer Ernest Hemingway, sought solace in the bottle. While he lived in Cuba, “Papa” was notoriously loyal to his favorite Havana watering holes, writing of “my mojito in the Bodeguita del Medio and my daiquiri in the Floridita.” Both bars are still in operation today, and at the Floridita you can even order his favorite libation and say a toast to the life-size, realistic bronze sculpture of the man himself permanently holding down one end of the bar.

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