The Havana Neighborhoods

Havana remains one of the most popular cities for tourists to visit in Cuba. Below are a list of four neighborhoods within Havana that many tourists enjoy.

Havana Vieja: the neighborhood is well known for its Spanish architecture. In fact, there are five centuries worth to help take you back to a different time. The El Morro Castle is found here, a place that looks like it came straight from a fairy tale. As you walk the streets of Havana Vieja, you will find laundry hanging from windows nearby and perhaps here salsa music reverberating through the streets as the locals welcome you to their city.

Vedado: this neighborhood gives you an inside look at the future of Cuba. You will see classic American cars drive by as the children run around playing kickball in the middle of the streets. At the end of the day, you’ll see students closing their books and parents returning home from work. When you visit Vedado, a must stop area is Coppelia, where you can enjoy their famous ice cream. There are many clubs here where you can enjoy lively music in the melodies of life.

Miramar: in this neighborhood, you will find many palatial estates in grand mansions. The most affluent citizens of Havana lived here prior to the revolution. These days, it has become a great place for a peaceful walk to enjoy nature. It is also the place where you will find embassies, European owned hotels, international banks, and office buildings. There are many saltwater pools along the waterfront where the locals come to enjoy the cool water.

Guanabacoa: this neighborhood is located just east of historic old Havana. The Afro-Cuban religion is found in this neighborhood. As he walked the bustling city streets, you will find yourself immersed in the African faiths that are rooted in magic. This neighborhood used to be a fishing village, so it’s history has been greatly shaped by the sea.

Regardless of the neighborhoods you visit while in Havana, you will find why so many people love the Cuban culture found there.