La Habana, colloquially known as Havana, is the capital of Cuba. Lying on the fringe of the Caribbean, Cuba is a Spanish speaking nation of intense beauty and tumultuous history.
Strung along the seaside, Havana borders the Gulf of Mexico, found on Cuba’s northeastern coast. La Habana was founded in the 16th century, and was a crucial stopping point for galleons during their dangerous voyages through the pirate laden seas. Today, Havana is the largest city in Cuba, by far.
To many, La Habana seems trapped in time. Old cars straight out of the 1950’s roll down the ancient cobblestone streets, meticulously maintained and preserved. The colonial architecture is charming and welcoming, housing cafés and museums, aplenty.
Spend some time in Old Havana, where the quaint architecture has been painstakingly maintained. The Plaza de Armas is a place of huge historical significance, so take a stroll through the square.
El Malecon, the seaside boardwalk, is another spot that isn’t to be missed. Here you will come across young lovers necking in the sunset, and people peddling their wares. Authenticity is the name of the game, here.
Flying into the city of La Habana is the most cost effective way to get to anywhere in Cuba. There are tons of taxis in Havana, zooming here and there, honking all the while.
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