Our Opinion of Havana
Havana is probably the most unique cities in all of the America's. It has its own distinctively different feeling to it, from the cobblestone streets of Old Havana to the history changing Revolution Square. Whether you spend your whole vacation in Havana or just do a day trip from Varadero, a few must see attractions include Old Havana with is open air market, plazas and Hemingway's famous bar as well as the Capital building and of course Revolution Square.
From the faded charm of Old Havana to the stark "Plaza de la Revolucion", Havana is the must-see of the Caribbean. Music floats out from every courtyard, those famous fifties American cars lumber down cobblestone streets, and you know you are experiencing a place like no other.
This was once the darling of American gangsters, who exported gambling and crime. Today their legacy includes some splendid hotels where time has stood still since the revolution, and the casinos are now dazzling nightclubs.
We've matched up some of those legendary hotels (plus a sampling of the ultra modern), with some of our favourite beachfront all-inclusives in Varadero. Experience the best of both worlds, with a fascinating 2 in 1 vacation in Cuba.
Things to know about Havana, Cuba Vacations
Activities & Sports
Enjoy deep-sea sport fishing, water sports, tennis and championship golf courses.Dining & Nightlife
The Tropicana Club, Havana's legendary night spot.Shopping
Shopping in Old Havana's open air market is an experience. Find everything from local arts and crafts, interesting souvenirs, clothing, and more. Rum and cigars should be bought only at reputable stores.
Flying time from:
Toronto: Approximately 3 hours 30 minutes.
Montreal: Approximately 4 hours.
Calgary: Approximately 6 hours.
Vancouver: Approximately 6 hours.
Languages: Spanish, English widely spoken in tourist areas.
Currency: CUC (Cuban Convertible Peso); CAD dollars easily exchanged but subject to 8% conversion fee (10% for US dollars and 11.24% for credit card charges). US-issued credit cards and travellers cheques are not accepted in Cuba.
Climate: Sub-tropical with an average of ten days of rain a month from May to October.
Electricity: 110V or 220V (converters required) depending on hotel.
Canadian citizens require a valid passport to enter Cuba. All other nationalities please consult a vacation specialist or the Cuban Consulate at (416)234-8181 or the Cuban Tourist Board at (416) 362-0700.
Cuba tourist cards are supplied & validated with vacation packages. Some restrictions apply to tourists 18 years & under, when travelling without parents.Note:
Some hotels require credit card imprint upon check-in for any incidental charges. Hotel check-in is typically between 3pm and 4pm. If your flight arrives early, it is a good idea to pack essential items in your carry-on luggage (i.e. bathing suit, suntan lotion, medications, etc.), so you do not miss any valuable vacation time.
IMPORTANT:Each travelling passenger is responsible to pay a local departure tax in Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC). This fee is payable in cash at the airport in destination prior to boarding your flight, in the amount of CUC$25 (subject to change).
Escapes.ca makes every effort to ensure that information on this page is current, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice.