Havana’s Parque’ Central (Central Park)
Located right in the heart of the city, locals and tourists alike gather in this scenic park. There is constant activity with kids playing and men arguing about the previous evening’s baseball game. It is an enjoyable place to observe Havana at its finest.
Plaza de la Revolución (Revolution square)
Located on the highest point in Havana, the plaza has been the site of some of the country’s largest social and political events. Mass rallies of over a million people have gathered to hear fiery speeches from Fidel Castro as well as messages of peace, love, and justice from Pope John Paul II (1998) and Pope Benedict XVI (2012).
Havana’s capitol building is one of the most prominent buildings in Cuba. Prior to the revolution it housed the Cuban Congress. However, when Fidel Castro dismantled Congress it became the headquarters of the Cuban Academy of Sciences and the National Library of Science and Technology.
Built in 1901 by the United States, this famous 5-mile stretch of road along the Bay of Havana is a hub of local activity from romance to entrepreneurship, to relaxation and entertainment. A walk along this road is a must for all tourists.
Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro (Castle of the Three Kings on the Bluff)
Construction of this famous Cuban landmark began in 1589 and finished in 1630. It served as a military fort and protected the Harbor of Havana from many attempted invasions. A lighthouse was built in 1845 and continues to flash every 15 seconds today.
Plaza de Catedral (Havana Cathedral)
This plaza is one of 5 main squares in old Havana. Many say it’s the most beautiful. Originally build on a swamp in 1748, it was finished 30 years later and was known as “Swamp Square” by the locals.
Cristo de la Habana- The Christ of Havana
This statue was carved out of Italian marble and blessed by the Pope. Standing 66 feet high, it can be seen from all corners of the city. Fifteen days after its inauguration, Fidel Castro entered Havana marking the beginning of the Revolution. Ironically, that same day the statue was struck by lightning and the head destroyed. It was quickly repaired.
This bar opened in 1817 and was known as the Silver Pineapple. 100 years later a large number of American tourists persuaded the owner to change its name to El Floridita. Not only is this bar noted for inventing the frozen daiquiri, but American writer, Ernest Hemingway, lived within walking distance and was known to frequent the establishment. This life-sized statue was erected in his honor in 2003.