Best things to do in Havana

Now that travel is permitted between Cuba and the United States, visitors are free to take advantage of the wealth of historical, natural and cultural sights throughout the country. There is no better place to do so than in the capital city of Havana. Whether you’re looking for a romantic walk along the beach, an afternoon of history and art, or a night on the town, Havana offers it all. Ditch your usual summer trip and spend some time this summer taking advantage of all this vibrant city has to offer.


1. Explore Havana’s history in the Plaza de Armas

Plaza de Armas

Located in Old Havana or Habana Vieja, this popular tourist location combines history and culture, making it the perfect spot for an afternoon out. While you’re there, you can explore several landmarks such as the Palacio de los Capitanes and the statue of Carlos Manuel de Céspedes located in the center of the square. You can also take some time to visit the City Museum or Museo de la Ciudad if you want to delve even deeper into the area’s history. Or, take a break and visit one of the local cafes or restaurants for a quick bite.

2. Spend an afternoon at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Art connoisseurs will fall in love with this museum of fine arts. Divided into two separate spaces, one building offers a selection of art from around the world while the other focuses solely on Cuban art. In the Centro Asturiano, where the universal art is housed, you can find art dating back to 500 BC and created everywhere from Spain to Greece and Ancient Rome. The building dedicated to Cuban art is arranged chronologically and is located just two blocks away. Leave yourself plenty of time to explore both buildings, as there is a wealth of art to be admired in each.


3. Take a walk along El Malecón

El Malecón

If you want the opportunity to appreciate the natural and cultural beauty of Havana there is no better place to do so than this 7-kilometer stretch of oceanfront boulevard. As you walk, you can experience the breathtaking views many artists have portrayed in paintings and photographs, as well as many historical destinations that are located along the way. Even if you do not stop in, the architecture along the way is an experience of history and art in itself. There are plenty of restaurants if you want to stop in for a bite to eat, or even grab dinner before catching the breathtaking sunset as it crests above the water. 

4. Have a wild night at La Casa de la Música Centro Habana

La Casa de la Música Centro Habana

If you’re looking for a fun night out after a day of sightseeing in the sun, look no further than La Casa de la Música. This popular nightclub houses a stage, bar and dance floor, offering reasonably priced live shows that are guaranteed to get your blood pumping. It’s known as a particularly good place to see salsa music, so bring your dancing shoes. There are two separate locations in Cuba, however the one in Centro Habana is known to be the livelier spot of the two.