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Havana

Havana is the capital, chief port, leading commercial hub, and the cultural heart of Cuba. It is the largest city in the Caribbean and has one of the greatest treasures of historic colonial reserves in the western world.
Havana strength lies in the power of its culture and history together with the beauty of its varied landscapes. The particular political situation of the country has made of Havana a city of contrasts that disclose to your eyes dramatically the very moment you put your feet on it. Havana unfolds to your eyes little by little as you roam slowly through its streets. So, the best way of getting a better feeling for this city is to get in touch with its people, who are very friendly and joyful.
Habana Vieja (Old Havana) is an area of the city of such a magnificence that UNESCO has included it in its list of World Heritage Sites. Here, time has made a pause, so narrow streets, refined colonial mansions, countless churches, historical museums, cobblestone squares, fortresses dating from 16th Spanish Colonial century, and even majestic parks are still alive and intact. A different view of the city is present in Havana's Chinatown District, one of the largest in Latin America. A city tour to Tobaccos Partagas Factory provides the chance to witness the production of one of Cuba's most worlwide-appreciated exports, and get an insight into the Cuban workplace. Some distinctive national monuments must include the National Capitol, the Museum of Revolution, and Cuba's National Hotel. At night, Tropicana is the landmark of this conutry's music and dance, with a long-lasting history of prestigious musicians, singers, and personalities having enjoyed the soul of this famous cabaret. Besides, there is an endless number of small bars, each one with their own history, worthy of being discovered. A wonderful day at the beach should include Varadero and Cayo Lago del Sur, where snorkeling and diving can be practiced.

Highlights 
Surrounded by warm, sparkling Caribbean waters.
Interesting history showing at every corner.
One of Latin America's most vibrant societies.
Salsa, mambo, Havana Club rum, Cohiba cigars, political mural painting and Che Guevara Iconography are some of the signature postcards of the city.
Transport 
The transport within the city is really varied. Though you'll be able to enjoy the best of Havana simply walking- There are also buses, pedicab, coco taxis, bicycle taxis and even a ferry to go from Old Havana to Regla and Casablanca.
The best of the city 

Old Havana: Put on your walking shoes and discover the five centuries architectural heritage of La Habana Vieja. There you'l find Plaza de Armas (the oldest square in Havana and the site of the city’s foundation), El Templete (the oldest neo-classical building in Havana), and much much more!

Cigar museum: Cuba is known for producing the best tobacco in the world. Here is where "Habanos" come from. Visiting the Cigar factories are a must do at this location.

Clubing at Havana's historical bars: One of them is "El Gato Tuerto" that was visited by writers and singers in the 50's and today it features first-rate artists who play three sets with interludes until 4am. Another one is ‘Compay Segundo’ where a few years ago you could see the original Buena Vista Social Club. Today you can listen to the remaining musicians that are masters in their instruments and play with real zest.

Che’s mausoleum: Che Guevara was actively involved in the Cuban revolution. For that reason Cubans have monuments, statues and a museum to remember this national hero. His mausoleum is below the statue located at the entrance of the city at Avenida de los Desfiles on Plaza de la Revolución.

Tour Havana in a classic 50's car: You can take a tour of the city on a classical car and enjoy the views while being inside the postcard! Make sure that you visit the Malecón.

Paladares: These are local people's houses that offer a typical Cuban home made meal for tourist to experience their unique cuisine. In these places and run by local families you'll get to see how families are like at the same time.

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Climate

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Climate 
Havana has tropical climate year-round. It's a good thing that there are cool tradewinds to have a relief from the heat and the humidity. Rainfall is heaviest in June and October and lightest from December through April. Summer temperatures average around 27C with humidity at about 80 percent. Winter is not really winter since temperatures are about 20C.
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