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Undeniably eccentric and a product of its famous history, Havana, is one of those cities that you should experience. The capital of Cuba is iconic and sure its fortresses, cathedrals and monuments all paint a picture of its communist history, but everyone who goes to Havana learns that it’s the locals that make this city. Dancing is a way of life, so get your Salsa, Rhumba, Cha Cha Cha hips ready, to explore this Caribbean city.
Hostels in Havana are plentiful, affordable, and centrally located. They’re the best way to save some of your hard-earned cash and become immersed in Cuban culture all at the same time. Havana hostels often have dorms, but there are private rooms too, sometimes with balconies. Most importantly there are many places to mingle, with terraces, bars and pool tables a-plenty! You’ll find hostels with dance lessons, rooftop cocktails and so many within the photogenic buildings that you’ll undoubtedly snap for your Insta-feeds. You can find more info about the best hostels in Havana on our blog.
You’ll want to stay near Old Havana (Habana Vieja) for the best selection of shopping, restaurants, bars, and nightlife. You’ll also be closest to the city’s museums and four main plazas. You’ll be roaming the same streets that Ernest Hemmingway once walked, so soak up that creative inspiration. Calle Obispo is one of the main streets in Old Havana where you’ll be able to find all the essentials. A hostel near Paseo de Martí is also an ideal spot to come across local artists and sellers, bars, and restaurants.
Delving into Havana’s history is a must while in Cuba’s capital. Exploring places like Old Havana, Morro Castle, and the Museum of the Revolution will give you a glimpse of Havana’s complex past. There are many streets that are also worth wandering to get an authentic Cuban experience, start with San Rafael Street! Given Havana’s history as an important Spanish port you should definitely check out Havana Port too. Once you’re done touring around there’s no shame in taking some time to chill out on one of the beaches either, you’ve earned it.
Getting around Havana can be a bit of a mission. If you don’t want to walk or the distance is too far to cover by foot, we suggest taking a taxi. There are also buses that are useful in the city but can be crowded, hot, and confusing. Colectivos are taxis that run on long-distance, fixed routes; they leave when they’re full so be prepared for a squishy ride, but it will probably be quicker and cheaper than a bus. Bici-Taxis are quite common in Havana but can be expensive so make sure you understand the fare before hopping on. Lastly, if you’re trying to get between cities or provinces you can take a truck from a provincial or municipal bus stop with truck departures.