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Havana is the largest city in the Caribbean and arguably the one with the most diverse attractions and sights. Nearly half a century of Socialist regime has made its mark on Cuba’s capital. Travellers booking flights to Havana may have a typical image of the city: itsfamous 1950s American cars with huge fins cruising past colonial-style buildings that have seen better days, against a backdrop of socialist posters.

But the past decade has seen huge change – major regeneration projects have cleaned up the old buildings and historic squares, new grand hotels are opening, tourists disembarking flights to Havana are more welcome than ever before in casa particulares (private homes) and a dual economy has arisen around the tourist dollars and the Cuban pesos. It is a city on the cusp of change; making it all the more fascinating to visit.

Tourist “must-sees” include stunning architecture (all of Habana Vieja (the old town), Catedral de San Cristobal, the Museo de la Ciudad); a buzzing nightlife and some spectacular beaches. And after a long day sightseeing, don’t miss the chance to sample some of the local drinks. Havana is the home of the mojito.

Havana climate

The wet season in Cuba is July to September, with hurricane season June to November. The dry season is December through to April or May. However, the temperature is high throughout the year, averaging around 27 degrees Celsius and falling only to an average of 22 from November to January.

Getting around Havana

Havana’s bus system is unreliable, so take one of the shuttle or tour buses that cater to travellers. You may want to try a camel, which in this case is a tractor-pulled passenger car. These take people all around the city, but are for the more adventurous traveller. You can find tourist taxis easily at hotels and major sightseeing spots. Havana taxis charge rates in US dollars and can be very affordable. Freelance taxis are illegal, and while the passengers aren’t punished, the drivers might refuse to drop you in front of your hotel. It’s always a good idea to settle on a price before you get in the car. Walking around is a great way to soak up the city, especially in La Habana Veija, but you can also take horse-drawn carriages, two-seater Coco Taxis and antique cars to get you to your next stop.

What is good to know if travelling to Havana?

  • Havana Viejo, the old town of Havana, is the perfect place for a long walk. The colonial buildings are being restored at the moment, but many are still dilapidated and crumbling, which many see as the true architecture of Havana.
  • If you want to get an insider view of one of Cuba’s most popular exports, a visit to a cigar factory is a must. There are many throughout the country, but one of the most popular to visit is Partagas – one of the oldest and largest, and situated right in the centre of Havana next to El Capitolio. Tours are available daily, and there is a shop where you can buy some “souvenirs”.
  • The Hotel Nacional is one of the most impressive in Havana. It was a favourite of Winston Churchill’s. However, it is also one of the most expensive places to stay. If it’s outside your budget, don’t be put off from just going for a wander round the lobby to take a look.
  • One of the cheapest ways to stay in the city is in a “casa particular” – a private room rented out to tourists. Rules are strict for Cubans wanting to rent out accommodation – they need a licence in order to do so and are only allowed to have a maximum of two rooms with two adults in each at any one time. Standards vary widely, so make sure you ask to check the room before accepting it. With a bit of scouting, however, this can be a cost-effective way of staying, and will introduce you to some inhabitants of the city, who will know more about it than any tourist you meet in a hotel.
  • To find out about Cuban history, visit the Museo de la Revolucion, where you can find exhaustive information on everything you could want to know about the revolution. English speaking guides are available.

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  • When is the best time to fly to Havana?

    Peak season: The most popular time to visit is December to January, though if you visit then be prepared for cooler evenings. The months of July and August are also very popular with holidaymakers. Time around national holidays – Christmas, Easter, New Year and 26 July (the anniversary of the revolution) – are also very popular with tourists hoping to join in the festivities. In the towns such as Havana and Santiago de Cuba, peak season runs for most of the year. Off season: Unsurprisingly, off season is October and November when hurricanes are most likely. This is the time when the best deals on cheap flights to Havanaand accommodation are most likely to be found.

  • What does HAV mean?

    Havana Jose Marti Intl Airport is HAV. This code is created by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and airlines use IATA codes to identify the departing or arrival airports in the flight routes they service.

  • What airport do you fly into for flights to Havana?

    If you book a flight to Havana, you will be flying into Jose Marti Intl, which is the city’s only airport. Havana Jose Marti Intl (HAV) is located 15.7 km from the centre of Havana.

  • Can I find cheaper flights to Havana if I am willing to have stopovers?

    Yes, flights with stopovers are often cheaper than direct flights. Keep an eye out for flight deals to Havana on Cheapflights that require 1 or 2 stops for potential cost savings.

  • What is the cheapest airport to fly to in Havana?

    null is currently the cheapest airport to fly to in Havana. One-way flights to null typically cost null, while return flights cost around null.

  • Does Havana Jose Marti Intl Airport have rental cars?

    Yes. Those touching down at Havana Jose Marti Intl Airport can take advantage of the car hire services offered upon their arrival.

  • Are there hotels close to Havana Jose Marti Intl Airport?

    Yes. Havana Jose Marti Intl Airport has hotels nearby for those requiring accommodations. Casa Cuba Hostal Aeropuerto is the closest property to Havana Jose Marti Intl Airport (1.6 km away from Havana Jose Marti Intl Airport).

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