Jazz cafe in Havana. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Havana’s Jazz Scene

Havana’s jazz scene is hopping with plenty of prime nightlife and supper club acts as well as matinee and afternoon performances. Here’s where to go for the local greats and young up-and-comers.

Entrance gate to the United Hebrew Congregation Cemetery in Guanabacoa, Cuba.

Jewish History and Heritage Sites in Cuba

A brief look at Jewish history in Cuba from the arrival of Luis de Torres in 1492 as the first Jew in Cuba to the high point of the community mid-20th century to today. A handful of Jewish heritage sites remain open to the public, including Cuba’s oldest synagogue and a Holocaust museum.

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.


Havana Neighborhood Highlights

Each neighborhood in Havana has its own unique flavor, especially when it comes to their sights and histories. To make your explorations easier, here’s a quick roundup of the highlights of each.

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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 […]

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.