When renowned Cuban artist José Fuster came back from a tour of European galleries, he decided to recreate the public art of Gaudi in Barcelona and Brâncu? When he moved to Cuba he bought a small house in the village of Jaimanitas near Havana and decorated it with intricate, colorful mosaics. Then... Read More
Walk along the Malecon at night. The best area is near the corner of 23rd street. On a hot night, it will seem like the whole city is perched on this sea wall. You’ll meet all kinds of people in this area. It’s all part of the Havana experience.
Every night, at 9 p.m. sharp, in the fortress of La Cabaña, the ceremony of “el cañonazo de las nueve” takes place. Soldiers dressed in the traditional costumes of the 18th century shoot the cannons to warn that it is time to close the city gates. This has been done for centuries, to protect Havana... Read More
There is a Chinatown in Havana but there are no Chinese people there. In fact, there once was a huge Chinese community in Cuba. What is left today is just about 2 blocks of Chinese restaurants.
If dancing is your thing, you can check out the Casa de la Musica in Central Havana. Foreigners mostly come in at night, but there are matinee shows from 5 to 8 where mostly Cubans go to dance and have fun. There are many other great dancing clubs in Havana. Some are mostly for tourists, while other... Read More
Ride in a communal taxi. The old American cars that you will see everywhere in Havana are mostly used as taxis. They are great for getting around Havana cheaply, like a local.