Cuba’s iconic capital is instantly recognisable. To many, this charming city steeped in rich history and culture is trapped in a time warp, where Classic American cars like Buicks, Cadillacs and Chevrolets line the cobbled streets, and Spanish colonial style buildings date back to the 16th century. To others, it’s a gateway to the Latin world, full of colour and vibrancy. Havana is one of the last places on earth that you can describe as truly unique; its diversity allows you to experience UNESCO-listed Old Towns, a vibrant art scene, incredible live music and exotic salsa dancing sure to bring the atmosphere day and night.

When to go to Havana?

Thanks to Cuba’s tropical climate, any time is a good time! If you prefer milder temperatures while still wanting to tan at the beach, you should come between February and April. For those who want to see Havana’s iconic carnival and don’t mind the heat, May to September are the way to go. Why not combine both with our city and beach holiday packages?

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Where to stay in Havana?

Apart from its casas particulares, Havana boasts a wealth of eclectic hotels and resorts.

Located on the seafront is the historic Hotel Nacional de Cuba, which inspired the film The Godfather Part II. The impressive building has Sevillian, Moorish, and Art Deco influences that perfectly capture Havana as a historic gateway to the Latin world.

You can’t go wrong with Hotel Inglaterra either. Thanks to its prime location in the heart of Havana, it is known as a hotspot for artists, public figures, and social events.

If you are planning a wedding, business trip, or any other event Hotel Melia Habana will be your perfect host. Apart from stunning sea views, it offers holiday experience that is closer to nature while still being in close proximity to the bustling city centre

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What to do in Havana?

Before you start exploring the capital’s bars and clubs, try walking down the main pedestrian promenade - El Paseo del Prado. Stop by any of the family-run restaurants called “paladeres,” to get a taste of the delightful Cuban food on offer.

A night of partying usually begins with a cocktail in a bar like El Floridita, Ernest Hemingway’s favourite bar. If you want to see real Cuban dance go to Tropicana - a venue known for its live cabaret performances. Those who are keen to practise their dance skills might want to visit the Fabrica de Arte Cubano for a truly wild party experience.

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What to see in Havana?

Sightseeing in Havana will take you through centuries of colonial and revolutionary history.

Old Havana (Habana Vieja) is full of baroque and neoclassical buildings with intricate balconies, arcades, and courtyards that made it one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites. You can explore the wonders of Old Havana and its Fortification system with one of our expert-led tours.

While you are there, you might want to visit The Museum of the Revolution, which is housed in what used to be the Presidential Palace. “El Capitolio” - the National Capitol building is another must-see with its opulent interior and gardens.

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Booking my Havana holiday in advance

Wondering how early you need to book? With LoveCuba you can book a holiday for next month or next year. It is always best to book at least a few months in advance, so you can take advantage of early-bird offers. In the case you decide to book later, our travel experts will still make sure you get an unforgettable holiday.

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Can I cancel my Havana booking?

You can cancel your booking at any time by sending your cancellation request to customer support. Depending on your booking and when you cancel, you are likely to lose your deposit. Many types of travel insurance cover cancellation and administrative fees, so getting insurance coverage upon booking is strongly advisable.

If you are unable to travel due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Cuba, you will be able to reschedule your holiday free of charge.

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Types of holidays in Havana

Our Havana holiday packages include multi-centre trips that allow you to combine a stay in another city or beach resort with your visit to the capital. For those of you looking to tie the knot during your holiday, our planning experts will organise the most unforgettable wedding experience in vibrant Havana.

Get the best of both worlds with our city and beach holiday packages and enjoy the pristine beaches of the Caribbean alongside the lively bustle in the historic capital of Cuba. Guided tours are an excellent way to make the most out of your visit and explore the vast wilderness and the 9 UNESCO World heritage sites you will find on the island.

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How safe is Havana for tourists?

You’ll be happy to hear that Cuba has one of the lowest crime rates in the world and is especially safe for tourists in all-inclusive hotels and resorts. Like every big city, Havana might have the occasional case of pickpocketing, so make sure your valuables are securely stored in the safe-deposit box in your room. Otherwise, you can kick back and relax in one of the safest countries in the world.

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Latest travel rules in Havana

Cuba has some peculiar local laws and customs that may apply to travellers. Bringing meat and fruit into Cuba is prohibited, and you might need a special permit if you want to get high-end art or antiques as a holiday souvenir.

As Covid-19 regulations are constantly changing, we advise you to check the UK government website for the latest Coronavirus guidance on travelling to Cuba.

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