24 Exciting Hours in Havana – The Best Things To Do in Havana, Cuba
Visiting Havana is like taking a step back in time. Jazz at every corner, bright and colorful architecture, cobblestone streets and of course the old cars that make this city buzz from morning to night. When I went to Cuba it was for 2 quick days on a stop during a cruise I was working on (unfortunately you can no longer cruise to Cuba.) While I do suggest staying in Cuba for more than 24 hours, I wanted to share how to make the most of just one day as that’s what I had to do!
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The Best Things To Do in Havana – Morning itinerary
9 AM: Breakfast a El Cafe
There are tons of options at this cute little restaurant including your standard eggs and bacon or avocado toast, but more importantly, they have some of the best coffee I found in Havana.
10:30 AM: Car tour
Obviously you have to ride in a vintage car when In Cuba! It’s a staple. On your tour you guide will teach you the history of Havana, pointing out significant places on the way. I learned so many interesting facts about Cuba from our guide. Like, did you know regular civilians weren’t allowed to have cell phones until 2008 or that Beatles music was banned from 1964 until 2000?? It is so interesting and real when you learn these things from people who have actually experienced it.
The ride will take you all around the city, usually to a cigar shop, the capital, revolution square and anywhere else your driver thinks is a must see. If you want to go somewhere specific, talk to your driver beforehand.
No prior booking is necessary for the tour. As you walk the streets you’ll find a bunch of cars lined up ready to take you out on the town. We paid 50 CUC for our tour and found that was the average price.
the best things to do in Havana Cuba – Afternoon Itinerary
12 PM: Lunch at San Ignacio 214
One of my friends had been to this restaurant before and I am so glad she recommended it! They have awesome food and $3 mojitos! (You can even take one to go.) I suggest trying the croquettes, cheese marbles and the shredded beef, but you can’t go wrong, it’s all great!
2 PM: Daiquiris La Floridita Havana
This bar is known for having fine-tuned the daiquiri and I must say, they are delicious. It is also well known because Ernest Hemingway was a frequent visitor; there is even a statue of him sitting at the bar.
3 PM: Explore Old Havana
I recommend exploring old Havana for a couple of hours and enjoying the beautiful cobblestone streets, the colorful buildings and everything else the city has to offer. There are tons of shops where you can look at local artwork or grab some Cuban cigars and rum! The options are endless!
6 PM: Tropicana Cabaret
Now when I went to the Tropicana cabaret there was a large mix of reviews from the people I went with. I personally thought it was a lot of fun. The venue is outdoors and the stage is huge! You also get a bottle of rum for the table with your ticket so, what’s not to love?
I personally didn’t eat here, but I was told that the food was great so if you’re looking for a place to do dinner this might be a good option!
After the show: Fabrica De Arte Cubano
This old oil mill was turned into a venue to house many different forms of art. From graphic design to fashion, theater, visual arts and so much more. There are also multiple bars so you can enjoy a drink while viewing different mediums at the same time! It’s a very unique and fun experience!
So there you have it, your guide to 24 hours in Havana. No matter what you do, I know you will have a great time. I found that the people of Cuba were some of the kindest humans I have ever met and truly want you to enjoy their country.
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