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Best Things To Do in Havana

What may surprise travelers most about Havana is how well-rounded this city is. Art aficionados will enjoy the vast collection of Cuban art on display at the Museum of Fine Arts. History buffs may be left agape over the artifacts housed at Museo de la Revolución while literature bugs will leave giddy over a glimpse at Finca Vigía, Hemingway's former home. But to really get a taste of Havana's charm, stroll the colorful calles (streets) of Old Havana or drink with the locals along El Malecón. Either way, the possibilities for a good time in Havana are endless.

How we rank Things to Do

Updated August 31, 2017

  • #1
    Things to do in Havana
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    To tourists,Old Havanamay be the city's heart and soul, but to Cubans, it's El Malecón. Technically speaking, El Malecón is a 5-mile-long boulevard that stretches along the water, with Havana Bay on one side and the edges of Old Havana, Vedado and Central Havana on the other, depending on where

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    Old Havana (Habana Vieja)
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    Cafes, Churches/Religious Sites, Entertainment and Nightlife, Historic Homes/Mansions, Monuments and Memorials, Museums, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Cafes, Churches/Religious Sites, Entertainment and Nightlife, Historic Homes/Mansions, Monuments and Memorials, Museums, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Skipping Old Havana is tantamount to missing Parliament if you're in London or the Eiffel Tower if you're in Paris. This picturesque neighborhood is not just iconic to Havana and Cuba, but also to the world. In the early 1980s, Old Havana was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, thanks

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    Plaza Vieja
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    Of all the picturesque plazas that dotOld Havana, Plaza Vieja is considered to be the neighborhood's main square. The cobblestone-lined plaza is flanked by brightly colored baroque and art nouveau-style buildings housing restaurants, art galleries, residences and even a camera obscura. Built in 1559, this plaza has had many faces

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    Plaza de la Catedral
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    If you're one of those travelers who believes that if you've seen one plaza you've seen them all, then you clearly haven't been to Plaza de la Catedral. A top-rated attraction among many recent travelers, Plaza de la Catedral is worth the extra time for, unsurprisingly, its stunning 18th-century cathedral,

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    Museum of Fine Arts (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana)
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    This museum houses the largest collection of art in the country and is separated into two buildings; one for Cuban art housed in the Palacio de Bellas Artes, and (two blocks away) another for the rest of the world in the Centro Asturiano. The Cuban portion of the museum highlights

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    Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolución)
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    1 to 2 hours
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    There is no better place for a crash course on the country's history than the Museo de la Revolución. The museum chronicles the life and times before the revolution as well as the leaders and events that led to Fidel Castro’s successful uprising. Artifacts displayed help visitors understand what was

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    Finca Vigía
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    Historic Homes/Mansions, Museums, Sightseeing, Tours
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Historic Homes/Mansions, Museums, Sightseeing, Tours
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    Havana is known for a lot of things – vintage automobiles, lively locals, beautiful buildings – but one individual who has remained just as synonymous with Cuba's capital for so long (aside from Castro) is Ernest Hemingway. The world-renowned writer lived in Havana for a whopping 22 years with his

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    Playas del Este
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    After a couple of days touring the capital, you may find yourself in need of a break from the hustle and bustle. If so, seek a side trip to Playas del Este, a set of beaches located about 11 miles east of Havana. This 5-mile stretch of shoreline starts at

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    Plaza de la Revolución
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Free
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    Of all the plazas that populate Havana, politicos can't miss this one. Plaza de la Revolución is proof that, despite recent lifted restrictions, Castro's Cuba is still very much alive. The plaza acts as the central location for many of the regime's branches of government, and features artwork and monuments

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