Havana is one of the most vibrant cities in the world. While the country is changing rapidly, if you travel there now, you’ll still see an island captured completely in a time warp. From crumbling, dilapidated colonial buildings through to 1950s American cars lining the streets, be sure to have your camera ready.
There are tons of cultural activities in the city. If you like art, you can take a look in one of the many art-gallery shops and get to know the city’s creative community. There are tons of former colonial buildings that have been converted into free, public spaces, with interesting displays. Meanwhile, if you want to brush up on your Cuban history, top museums include the Museum of the Revolution, Museum of the City and a day trip just outside the city to the former house of famous novelist Ernest Hemingway, who lived in Cuba for many years.
The top area to stay is in the Old Town, which is the historic, colonial center of the city. Here you’ll find high-end hotels and some hostels, alongside the best restaurants and bars in Havana. If you want to find a cheaper place to stay, check out options in Vedado, which is an area just outside of the city center lined with large, old colonial houses.
The best time of year to visit Havana is during the dry season from December to May. June to October is known as the hurricane season, when it’s best to avoid travel to the island.