Havana: Colorful Culture and a Historic Past

See important booking information below regarding travel to Cuba.*

Havana, the capital of Cuba, is the most well-known city on the island, and for good reason. Rich in art, history and color, Havana – especially Old Havana – encompasses the most iconic parts of Cuba’s culture.

Take a walk down the Malecón, a beautiful two-mile, waterfront walkway. As you explore the city streets, you will notice the vintage cars from the '50s contributing to the city’s retro ambiance. If you are a cigar aficionado, you can visit La Casa del Habano, the home of hand-rolled Cuban cigars, to see the process first-hand.

Cuba’s love affair with art and music is obvious in the city center. There, you’ll find galleries, museums, and hear the salsa beat echoing from the dance clubs and down the street. It’s no wonder Havana has inspired many writers, poets and philosophers. This city always leaves a lasting impression on its visitors.

There is more to this area than Havana. Head outside the city to Pinar del Rio to view the scenic countryside and thriving tobacco farms, where the people take pride in the land and their work.

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Please note that star ratings for the hotels in Cuba are not comparable with hotels of the same star ratings in other Caribbean destinations. Quality of hotels, room furnishings, amenities, service levels, meal plans and menus are not compatible with those of other Caribbean destinations and special needs or requests are unlikely to be met. It is important to keep in mind that traveling to Cuba is about the experience.

Transfer services are unavailable for pre-purchase in Cuba. Transportation can be arranged upon arrival.

*COMPLIANCE WITH U.S. LAW: U.S. law prohibits U.S. travelers from traveling to Cuba for tourism. U.S. travelers can only go to Cuba for one of 12 authorized reasons, including family visits and people-to-people educational activities. The 12 categories are listed in the Cuban Assets Control Regulations [CACR] at Section 515.560 (a)(1)-(12) and described in more detail in those identified sections of the CACR, HERE. It is the U.S. traveler’s sole responsibly to understand and comply with existing restrictions under U.S. law. Each U.S. traveler is required under U.S. law to retain records of their travel to Cuba for five years. The U.S. government could ask you to produce those records.

*CUBA TRAVEL CERTIFICATION: Each U.S. traveler must complete a written certification, available HERE, identifying the travel category that authorizes his or her travel to Cuba in order to allow Vacation Express to book that travel. Vacation Express must obtain this certification and retain it for five years, as required under Section 515.572(b) of the CACR. Should you have any questions about the requirements of U.S. law relating to your travel to Cuba, please consult a lawyer.