Havana is one of the most enchanting Caribbean destinations. The rhythmic beats of the cha-cha-cha, the swirling of old-model American cars, big hearted locals and a tinge of old warm charm creates the gripping ambience of Havana. And not to forget the local tobacco factories the gift the world with the most sophisticated Havana cigar. Situated in the western part of Cuba under the Ciudad de la Habana province, the city is the capital of the country and hub of air and maritime transportation. Due to its strategic geographic positioning, for centuries, Havana has been the gateway to the Gulf of Mexico. The recorded journey of the city began in 1515 when Spanish invader Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar founded it. In those days, it was better known as San Cristóbal de La Habana and was relocated to its present position from southern Cuba in 1519.

El Malecon de Havana
Old houses and cars in Havana

Havana emerged as depository for treasures that Spanish fleets brought to the New World that attracted pirates and robbers who would attack the city fringes in search of the wealth. As a result, a fortress and long sea wall was built to guard the city houses. These are now visible in the city’s historic centre of Old Havana, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982. This central positioning helped Havana in its fast ride to development and today it is the heart of the nation’s busy political, scientific and cultural life. The vibrant capital city is now enriched by the big boom in tourism and hotel industry that in turn helps the economy and thereby preserves the ancient structures of Havana. In this Cuban city, the past heritage resides amicably with the modern grandeur. The surrounding 19th-century district of densely populated, crumbling accommodations and narrow streets has its own appeal, so does the city centre of Vedado with luxurious hotels and chic bed and breakfasts. Many old day structures have been converted to hostels and often let as apartment for rent, which can be a good option for the backpackers to Havana.

Havana Capitolio

Castillo de la Punta




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