Welcome to Havana! A city with gorgeous architecture, classic cars everywhere you look, amazing people, beautiful scenery, and no internet! With just a few days in Havana we saw and did as much as we could, here are some of the highlights.
We stayed in this neighborhood our first couple days in Cuba and I'd definitely recommend it. It's residential enough, with plenty of partying and the beautiful Malecon is close by. Here's a few things you should do in Vedado.
Walk the Malecon or take a ride in one of the many, many classic cars you'll find all around Cuba.
Have sunset drinks at Faria Del Mar. This casual place is right on the Malecon and makes a great place to people watch, and watch the sun set over the ocean. The people are really nice, there is music playing, and people stirring around drinking cerveza towers and dancing.
Have dinner at Union Francesa de Cuba. The food is $2-3 and the pizza and spaghetti were pretty good. One thing I noticed about Havana and Trinidad was the lack of quality food. There's a lot of spaghetti and pizza and most of it is subpar, so finding a decent place to eat is a big win.
Party! I wish I could remember the name of the place, but there wasn't exactly a neon sign on the building. Just look for this big stone fort with cannons on the water in the Vedado area of the Malecon. There is a cover of a couple bucks and the drinks are pretty cheap, the music is good (both Reggaeton and American music) and there are a lot of Cuban locals.
While in Havana reserve a Tropicana show. It costs about $100 per person, but the show is amazing and comes with champagne and quality rum for the table.
With such little time in Havana, a good way to get a lay of the land is to take the Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour. You can scope out the different neighborhoods and return to what you want to see more of. Make sure to jump off at the Monument to Jose Marti and go to the top. the view is amazing!
Bario Chino is the China town of Havana, we stayed here for our last couple days in Havana. It's close enough to the main square that you can easily walk there, but it's far enough away to be in with the locals. And the Chinese restaurant we ate at was the best food we had the whole time in Cuba!
Watch the cannon ceremony at Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabana
The program is all in Spanish, but it's pretty cool to see the cast dressed up in their old timey outfits, the ceremony and the cannon shoot off.
Lastly, enjoy all the beautiful classic cars! This was hands down my favorite part of Cuba!
There is lots to see and do in Havana, and while I got to see a lot of it there is still so much I missed. Until next time Cuba!