Miramar and Beyond
To the west, Fifth Avenue leads into the residential area of Miramar and Havana’s central business area, which contains an impressive model of the city. Past the Convention Centre, Pabexto, where various fairs take place during the year and beyond the exclusive Club Habana is Marina Hemingway. Here, visitors can go snorkeling, sailing and deep-sea fishing, or take seafari tours to the coral reef.
Playa del Este
Outside Havana’s east coast, more than 15 kilometres of fine beach stretch between Bacuranao and Guanabo, where weekend and vacation spots include Santa María del Mar.
Tour the main streets, monuments and forts of colonial Havana, then drive through modern Havana’s residential section and along the Malecon, with stops at the main points of interest, such as the University of Havana and Revolution Square. (3 hours)
Visit museums that specialize in the arts, sciences and history. These include: the Arms Museum, Literacy Museum, Jose Marti Birthplace, Museum of the City of Havana, Museum of Colonial Art, Museum of Decorative Arts, Museum of Natural Sciences, Museum of the People’s Struggle, Museum of the Revolution, Napoleonic Museum, National Museum of Fine Arts, Numismatic Museum, Postal Museum. (2 hours)
Stop on your tour of this park to stroll through the Amphitheatre, Aquarium, Rodeo, Art Gallery and similar attractions. (3 hours)
International Conference Center
Major national and international meetings are held in this modern conference centre, which includes an exhibit hall, cafeterias, bars, boutiques and the excellent Bucan Restaurant. (2½ hours)
Included in this tour are stops at the Havana Libre Hotel Shopping Complex, La Flora and the Arts and Crafts Centre for fine crafts, clothing, souvenirs, cigars and rum, and at La Maison for exclusive designer clothing. (3 hours)
La Maison Fashion Show
The charming garden of a colonial mansion is the setting for an evening fashion show with music and entertainment, bar service and shopping at La Maison boutique. (3 hours, Mondays and Wednesdays)
Latin American Stadium
Join Cuban fans to watch a baseball game and cheer on your favorite team. (3 hours)
Experimental Graphic Workshop
Watch the artists at work in Cathedral Square, the heart of colonial Havana. Lithographs, engravings, woodcuttings, posters and other art can be purchased here. (4 hours)
Opera, ballet, symphonies, musical comedies, folklore and modern dance groups and plays by Cuban and foreign dramatists – both classic and modern works – are among the possibilities for evening entertainment in one of the capital’s seven major theatres. (3 hours)
Enjoy the show, dancing and two cocktails at the Capri, Caribe, Copa or Parisien cabarets – all in the heart of modern Havana. (4 hours)
Santa Maria Beach
Your day at the loveliest East Havana beach includes lunch at the Marazul Hotel and a drive through the Alamar district. (8 hours)
A traditional Cuban farm feast is laid on at the Palmar Farm, with music, dancing, games and plenty to eat and drink. You can go horseback riding, watch a cock fight, milk a cow, sip a glass of fresh sugarcane juice, watch someone climb a Royal palm, then savour a succulent criollo (creole) meal. (6 hours on Wednesdays)
Savour a midnight cruise to the keys. Includes dinner, a show and dancing on Cayo Libertad. (5 hours)
Visit the rural community of Jibacoa, then continue on to the beach for a swim and other water sports. Lunch is served in the camping area near the ocean. (8 hours)
Located in Pinar del Rio province, at the western tip of Cuba, Vinales Valley is known for its picturesque hillocks that jut up sharply from the valley floor. The trip takes you to the Archaeological Mural painted on the side of one hillock to the Indian Cave with its underground river and to an attractive restaurant for lunch. (10 hours)
A short plane ride takes you to this key in the Canarreos archipelago, south of Cuba, with its 20 kilometres of virgin beaches and lush tropical vegetation. The trip includes a welcome cocktail, a boat trip to Sirena Beach, with a seafood lunch aboard and various water sports to entertain you until departure at 5:00 p.m.
Major events are held in this square, where the Castillo de la Real Fuerza (1577) exhibits the most important pottery art collection in the island. The building’s tower is crowned by La Giraldilla, an artistic wind vane that has become a symbol of the city. Also in the square are the Captain-General’s Palace (Museum of the City) and El Segundo Cabo.