It is possible to walk between all of the places of interest in Havana, but do you really want to be walking 22 km a day in the midday Caribbean sun? I would definitely recommend the open top bus tour instead. This is the first place that I have ever used these tourist busses but in Havana it is the best way to explore. However, do not just sit on the bus, get off and explore each stop to understand the real Havana. There are local busses but you need to use local currency (CUP) and it is difficult to work out the routes if you are not fluent in Spanish. (more…)
As the birthplace of salsa, it is no surprise that cuban beats pulsate from most bars in Habana Vieja late into the night, attracting phenomenal dancers who will leave you spellbound as you watch them in wonder whilst sipping on your mojito or cuba libre. Some bars cater more to those who want to just drink and listen, but the music will remain fairly similar.
International acts (albeit often with Cuban or latin american heritage) are more likely to be found in Vedado. Jazz musicians, in particular, attract big crowds and locals will pay several months salary to see the very best play here. (more…)
Varadero has a split personality, it is where many people spend the last couple of days of their holiday as a place to wind down and relax after the frantic city life of Havana, but it is also the all inclusive destination of choice in Cuba. If you have just arrived off the Transtur bus from Havana, the clean wide streets, with flat pavements and no one stood around hassling you to take a taxi will be a sweet relief. Perhaps the most exciting thing you will find here is a supermarket, but just double check the price the cashier asks you for your shop. (more…)