A jazz musician plays saxophone in Restaurant Tocororo in Havana, Cuba.

Best Music Venues in Havana

Music and dance are the pulsing undercurrent of Cuban life. Spanning the spectrum from traditional son to high culture, here are key venues and experiences not to miss in Havana.

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Where to Find Havana’s Gay Nightlife

Havana has 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.

Explore Cuba

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 […]

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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 […]