Havana

  • Accommodation:
    • El Meson D La Flota Hotel
  • Transport:
    • Colectivos, or almendrones, are shared taxis that travel along a fixed route
    • They are usually colorful, old cars from the 1950s with a taxi sign in the window
    • The standard cost is 10 Cuban peso nacionale (CUP)
    • Drivers will not stop if the car is full
    • You can also catch yellow coco taxis that are for tourists
    • You can also hail a pedicabs/bicycle taxi. Simply flag one down, tell the driver where you want to go. Make sure to agree the price before getting in
    • Havana has two bus operators – Viazul and Astro. You need to book your ticket well in advance and print out the reservation
    • Gua Guas are metro buses that cover central and old Havana
  • Things to see:
    • Old Havana
    • Bodeguita del medio
    • Museum of the Revolution
    • El Capitolio
    • Gran Teatro de La Habana
    • Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca
    • Che Guevara Mausoleum
    • Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana
    • Havana Club Museum of Rum
    • Plaza de la Revolución
  • Tips:
    • Visit Floridita, which is a historical fish restaurant and cocktail bar
    • Stop at Bodeguita del medio where writer Ernest Hemingway frequented
    • Stroll along the Malecón esplanade and seawall to get amazing views
    • Wifi is difficult to get in Havana and down the streets, you’ll see crowds where people can get internet hotspots.
    • The wifi isn’t free, so you need to buy a card from either your hotel or an ETECSA telecommunications centre. It costs $1.00 for one-hour internet access