Oh my! Havana is so fun! It is a complete step back in time as rarely do you see a cell phone (very rare to have internet in Cuba) and those glorious old cars are everywhere!
People are gathered with friends and family along the Malecan, enjoying each other's company and people-watching.
You guys are sailing flying into Havana, yes?
Currency: 1 CUC = ~ 1 USD
Sights and sounds..
-Check out an old car tour...So fun! We went to the lighthouse (great view of Havana), the Christ statue (probably the best view of Havana), Revolution Square, and Parque Almendares (so green!)
-People-watching sitting at Malecan
-Tropicana club is the famous show but Hotel National de Cuba also had a great show for 65 CUC which included dinner. Super over the top and fabulous.
- old Havana (very touristy but neat to walk around and check out)
-For a better taste of local Havana life, walk all the way down 23rd St
Where we ate...
-Cafe Abdullah(sp?): tasty eats for any appetite
Location: hidden at the end of the seaside walkway called the Malecan
-Topoly: an Iranian (what? Yes.) Restaurant that's a bit touristy but adorable (a table set for kids and a fountain on the side yard)
Location: 23rd and D
-Sylvaina (no bias, I swear): an inexpensive bakery
..Bought 4 pastries for less than 1 CUC!
Location: 23rd and 12th
Most dishes are ~5 CUC or less. Drinks are ~3 CUC or less.
Super inexpensive and delicious.
Other tips and tricks:
-For a break from the heat, Hotel Havana Libre has a nice lounge with a band Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Cheap drinks and a cool history.
Location: 23rd and L
-Taxis should be no more than 10 CUC around Havana. It was 30 CUC from the airport and 25 back to the airport (everyone's got a "friend" who can help you out.) If you want to meet up, I can give you 30 CUC for the airport because the line was at least 1.5 hours just to exchange money! 30 CUC will get you hooked up to at least get to the city!
Met some travelers exploring many parts of Cuba. I definitely want to go back because Havana does not tell you what Cuba is...Just like NYC can't tell you what the US is. Trinidad and Santiago and Cielfuegos...Oh my! So much to see, so, and explore when you come back with Chris!
(Most things I told you about are along 23rd St since that's where our AirBnB was.)
SO excited for you!