Arenal Volcano stands tall in the Northern Zone of Costa Rica. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Where to Go in Costa Rica

To relax, unwind, and adventure, Costa Rica truly offers something for everyone. From the thriving nightlife of San José, to the crisp, cool cloud forests of Monteverde to the white-sand beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula, here’s where to go in Costa Rica.

Salvador's Alley in Centro Havana. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Sights in Barrio Cayo Hueso, Havana

Havana is a haven for history buffs and fans of architecture, and Barrio Cayo Hueso of Centro Habana is no exception. While small, there’s plenty to see here–including a palatial former brothel and one of Havana’s most impressive baroque churches. Learn more about the neighborhood along with its sights, history, and events.

Remnant of one of Havana's old city walls. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Havana’s City Walls

Learn the story of Havana’s massive, fortified city walls, began on February 3, 1674, finished 1697, and demolished 1863. Today, only fragments remain scattered along the boundaries of the old city.

Mobster Meyer Lansky's Hotel Habana Riviera. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Sights Along The Malecón in Havana

The Malecón runs along the bulging, wave-battered shorefront of northern Vedado, Havana, and is home to a handful of impressive cultural sights. Among them are the fascinating Hotel Nacional, with its mobster-speckled history, and other historic monuments and sites.

Cannons and cannonballs are used as traffic barricades on Calle Mercaderes in Havana, Cuba.

A Walk Down Calle Mercaderes, Havana

Cobbled Calle Mercaderes between Obispo and Plaza Vieja is full of museums, art and rare collections galleries, beautiful architecture, and handmade goods such as traditional fragrances and Spanish fans. A walk along the street can easily take a full day or more if you stop to see all there is to see.

View inside Iglesias Nuestra Senora de la Merced. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

The Churches of Southern Habana Vieja

The southern half of Habana Vieja, south of Calle Brasil, was the ecclesiastical center of Havana during the colonial era and is studded with churches and convents. For those interested in architecture and history, a visit to this area is a must.

Plaza Vieja at night. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Sights in Plaza Vieja, Havana

The last of the four main squares to be laid out in Habana Vieja, Plaza Vieja’s restoration has made it home to boutiques, restaurants, museums, and luxury apartments for foreign residents. Fans of art and architecture will definitely want to spend some time here, while casual visitors will find plenty to hold their interests in the plaza’s sights.

Facing the Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco de Asís, cobbled Calle Oficios is lined with 17th-century colonial buildings.

Sights Along Havana’s Calle Oficios

Cobbled Calle Oficios is lined with 17th-century colonial buildings that possess a marked Mudejar style, exemplified by their wooden balconies. Many buildings have been converted into cultural venues such as museums, art galleries, and performance spaces. A stroll along this street is a must for fans of architecture and history.