Havana, Cuba (Courtney Druen)
Make sure to visit the cafe in the patio for good music & drinks served by Manolo - he’s a gem
- More about your oliver guide: Courtney Druen
- Trip type: Adult, City
- Activity level: moderate
- Ideal length of trip: A LONG WEEKEND IN HAVANA
to & from
I went before Cuba opened up to Americans. We took a charter flight from Miami. Take taxis and talk with your drivers.
Stay in Havana, not outside the city. Expect that your hotel will be different than what you expect. I liked Hotel Seville for its location, staff and wifi. Visit the cafe in the patio for good music & drinks served by Manolo – he’s a gem. Go up to the gallery on the top floor for drinks/bites/cigars & 360 degree views of the city.
eat and drink
- Havana Art Market
- Fine Arts Museum (Cuban collection): Ask for Omar as your guide, he is a friend & he is everything!
- Habana Art Gallery: The owner & his team have a good edit, make sure you see all the back rooms.
- Check out the market on Sunday on Paseo Marti. Really great gifts.
- Vedado is a nice day trip. If you go, hit Los Naranjos for dinner.
- Habana Riviera hotel is known for 50's flair and a fun pool. They also have a big market in an old warehouse that gets good reviews.
- Try to visit artists in their homes and studios.
- Talk to the locals and artists.
- Take early morning runs around Havana.
- Eat at Paladares
- Dress simply and modestly. I left my watch at home and wore a dress, sneakers and sun hat everyday.
- Bring paper products for the restrooms.
- Ask for monedas (coins) when you exchange money. You will need them for tips.
- Wrap your bags in plastic wrap at the airport.
- There were no ATM or credit card machines. You could not exchange American dollars when I was there, but this may have changed. I know the prices have gone up and had friends run out of cash - which was my nightmare