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.
Where to Stay
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.
Where to Eat and Drink
What to Do
- 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