Moon Cuba

Award-winning travel writer Christopher P. Baker highlights Cuba’s best lesser-known local hotspots, including Finca Manacas (the birthplace of Fidel), Parque Lennon, and Rumba de Salvador’s Alley. He also offers fun and creative travel suggestions, such as Havana’s Musical Feast; 10 Best Scenic Drives; and Dive Into Cuba. With in-depth information on Havana and complete coverage […]

A simple bar style cellphone in a man's hand with Cuban homes in the background.

Using Cell Phones in Cuba is Frustrating and Costly

ne of the first observations that visitors to Cuba have is that unlike almost every other country in the world that they’ve visited, Cuba has relatively few cell phone users. In June 2010, the nation had 1,098,000 cell phone users according to Cuba’s National Statistics Office—up from 330,000 in 2008, when President Raúl Castro lifted […]

View up towards the palatial Hotel Nacional late in the day.

The Hotel Nacional in Havana, Cuba

The landmark Hotel Nacional is dramatically perched atop a small cliff at the junction of La Rampa and the Malecón. Luminaries from Winston Churchill and the Prince of Wales to Marlon Brando have laid their heads here, as attested by the photos in the lobby bar.

Only the lights of the long strip of buildings along the Malecon are visible.

Havana’s Gay Scene

Gay life in Havana has expanded noticeably in recent years, although homosexual venues remain subject to police crackdowns. There are no established gay bars or clubs, which are banned, and the gay “scene” revolves around “hangout” street locales. Most nights there’s one or more gay parties at private venues, and everyone is welcome.

Only the lights of the long strip of buildings along the Malecon are visible.

What to See along Centro Habana’s Malecón

Officially known as Avenida Antonio Maceo, and more properly the Muro de Malecón (literally “embankment,” or “seawall”), Havana’s seafront boulevard winds dramatically along the Atlantic shoreline between the Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta and the Río Almendares.

Bouganvillea hang down in the foreground with the cathedral's yellow stone bright in comparison to the dark blue sky.

Sights in Havana’s Plaza de la Catedral

Cathedral Square is Habana Vieja at its most quintessential, the atmosphere enhanced by mulattas in traditional costume who will pose for your camera for a small fee. One Saturday a month, the plaza is a venue for the Noche en las Plazas espectáculo.