Aside from being an important industrial and distribution center, Havana—the largest city in Cuba and in the whole Caribbean region—is a place that has a great history and a beaming culture that keeps visitors coming back.
One of the places that visitors must not miss is the Museum of the Revolution. Located at the Old Havana, this is where you’ll learn so many things about the country’s history. The building has Neo-Classical elements, and is an example of Eclectic architecture (a style that combines elements of different historic styles and design). It’s also worth mentioning that this building was decorated by Tiffany & Co., the famous New York-based American jewelry and silverware company. What’s in store in this museum are some of the most important items and records connected to the revolutionary war of the 1950s as well as the history of pre-revolutionary Cuba. If you’re a history fanatic, you simply will be in awe of the things exhibited here: Go back in time and see the guns and caps of Che Guevarra and Camilo Cienfuegos, who is another key figure of the Cuban Revolution; see the space suit of Arnaldo Tamayo Mendez, the first person from the Western Hemisphere to ever travel into the earth orbit and the first Hispanic and black person in space; and see the Granma, the famous yacht that took Castro and his revolutionaries from Mexico to Cuba for the revolution to overthrow the regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista.
One of this country’s trademarks is its quality Cuban cigars, and one of the places where you’ll see how it’s made is over at the Partagas cigar factory, which is just behind the Capitol Building. After this, you could also explore the Havana Club Rum Factory, which will take you to a tour to show you how one of their most famous rums is made.
This is one of the most popular Cuban tourism spots, but this is a place that you definitely must visit: the Plaza de la Revolucion. This is where so many political rallies took place, and where Fidel Castro used to address Cubans. This is home ti the Jose Marti Memorial (a tower and a statue), and opposite it is the famous Che Guevarra image that displays the slogan “‘Hasta la Victoria Siempre.”
Being in Old Havana will be a treat for all visitors. This place is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so rest assured you’ll see some magnificent structures and landmarks here. Take a walk down the Malecon, an avenue that rund along the seawall; see the great fortresses of the San Salvador de la Punta, the La Cabaña, and the Castillo del Morrol; and the main square of trhe Plaza de Armas. Tourism in Havana is decorated by both structures and stunning architecture, but one of the best attractions you’ll get to experience here is the people. Aside from the great cultural background and all the interesting and vibrant sights and sounds that echo throughout all corners, one of the things that you should do here is to make friends with the locals. The Habaneros are a happy, accommodating bunch who’ll make sure that you have the vacation of a lifetime.
For those interested in street art, you’ll find a lot of good ones at the Callejon de Hammel in Centro Habana and Regla, where you can see impressive art created by both local and international artists, which includes respected British artist Banksy.
If you want to get a tan and enjoy a relaxed beach atmosphere, you can do so by going to the beaches of Playas del Este, where you’re sure to get to unwind after a busy day of exploring the town. Also, any trip to Cuba will not be complete without the great music and dancing. Experience Cuban rumba dance and music by exploring rumba spots in town such as the alley of Callejon de Hammel, a place where art and music dot the entire place. You can even chance upon a spontaneous rumba dance parties, where you can have the best time dancing with other visitors and friendly locals.
Cuba has been through both dark and colorful events that have shaped its people and culture. Scarred by its past and more, history has molded the whole country to be something that is nothing short of interesting—that’s why if this is your first time to visit the capital, you will be in for some of the most unique and interesting experiences, and no doubt lots of stories to take home!