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Free Things To Do in Havana

If you have extra time, Plaza Vieja is worthwhile.
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    El Malecón
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    #1 in Havana
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    2 hours to Half Day
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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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    #2 in Havana
    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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    Less than 1 hour
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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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    Playas del Este
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    Half Day to Full Day
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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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    #9 in Havana
    Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Free
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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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