I suppose we can all agree that Havana is a bit of a quirky place. Communist utopia in the Caribbean, check. Streets filled with 1950s cars, check. 200 or so miles from the US state of Florida but not an American tourist in sight, check. Famous for cigars, check. But while it may be quirky and hard to pin down, Havana is also a very authentic place.
So if you are one of the lucky tourists who do make it here, you are in for a fun ride. Besides all the quirkiness there is of course no shortage of "traditional" tourist sites, with the city being one of the colonial architecture hotspots in the region. Just walk around Plaza de Armas with its Castillo de la Real Fuerza (an old fortress that is now home to a maritime museum) or explore Habana Vieja (old Havana) the colonial quarter with its decaying beauty, to see some of it.
Visit a museum, smoke a cigar, explore places relevant to Cuba's revolution (Plaza de la Revolución is the obvious one), get a Mojito at Ernest Hemingway's La Bodeguita del Medio.. all of these are great ways to spend your days here. But at the end of the day, what rules the day in Havana is colorfulness and vibrancy, and all of that can be experienced for free. For instance by having a leisurely walk along El Malecón or the Prado. [Review by travelindicator]
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- Havana is a city in Cuba's region of Ciudad de la Habana. It has a population of 2,106,146, is situated at an altitude of 95ft and the best airport to fly into is HAV (Jose Marti International, Havana)
- The currency used in Cuba is the Cuban convertible Peso (CUC)
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