2- Plaza de San Francisco de Asis-great religious museum housed in an old convent in this square and it is enjoyable to view the details of the buildings in this square.
3- The Malecon is a beach front promendade. People walk along the Malecon and hang out along the water’s edge. It is breathtaking to view the spectacular water and see the locals enjoying each other and their surroundings. As you sit along the Malecon you can stare at crumbling baroque buildings and imagine what they must have looked like at their prime.
4- Los Presidentes Avenue and Plaza de la Revolucion- Revolution Square which is the site of many rallies led by Fidel Castro.
5- Finca Vigia or “lookout house” is a few miles east of Havana. It is where you can visit the home of Ernest Hemingway. At this home is where Hemingway is said to have wrote two of his most well known novels- For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea.
6- The beaches in Cuba are long with white sand and one of the country’s greatest assets. The town of Varadero is situated on the Playa Azul. It is one of Cuba’s top resort areas. Mansion Xanadu is a must see and if possible stay for lunch. The views are breathtaking.
7- Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes [Fine Arts Museum]- it is housed in two buildings that display cuban art and international art. Some of my favorite pieces include the Cathedral of Havana by Fabelo, “kidnapping of the mulattos” 1938 by Carlos Enriquez who was influenced by Friedo Coelho, “el tercer mundo” 1965-66 by Wilfredo Lam who was influenced by Pablo Picasso and his work reflects Afro Cuban culture. Enriquez was able to introduce ideas in Cuban religious society. His use of colors helps to enhance meaning. For example, green to depict woods and open spaces in which people need to live in order to display energy. Picasso said, “I had to travel to Africa to know about the beauty, but you had all the ingredients in the Cuban society.”
8- Art neighborhood- Jose Fuster’s Home is a magical place. This artist has transformed his house and neighborhood into a beautiful homage to famous Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi.
9- Tropicana- a fixture of Havana’s night scene. It opened in 1939. It is a Vegas style cabaret show that has more than 200 performers including showgirls and amazing gymnasts.
10-Vintage cars- one of the most iconic symbols of Cuba is the classic car. Time seems to have stood still for five decades on Cuban roads. Roughly one in every eight cars dates back to before the revolution. Most are American classics from the 1950’s. The majority of these old cars can be found in Havana. Some of the vintage autos you will see include 1955 Chevrolet bel air, 1958 Edsel Corsair, 1951 Pontiac Chieftain, and 1950 Studebaker Champion just to name a few.