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Havana is the capital city of Cuba. Cuba is an island nation, located in the Caribbean. Due to its location, Cuba has beautiful beaches and amazing weather for a resort vacation. Basically all the ingredients for a perfect beach getaway. But Cuba is so much more than that. In our 3 days in Havana itinerary, we will discover some interesting nuances of this capital city. 

Colorful vintage cars in 3 days in Havana Itinerary Guide
3 days in Havana Itinerary Guide

The world knows about the Communist rule, the economic struggles of Cuba and their history, classic cars, and the list “sometimes” just stops here. Our itinerary will showcase why Havana is a unique destination to explore, keep reading to find more.

Did we also explore the well-known side of Havana, including vintage cars? You will soon find out!

3 Days in Havana Itinerary: A Perfect Havana Cuba Itinerary

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Preparing for Havana Itinerary 3 days + Things to do in Havana Cuba

Is 3 days enough in Havana

3 days in Havana is enough to explore the city’s highlights and participate in cultural/local activities. Each night we were out and about enjoying Rumba, Daiquiris, and Cuban delicacies. During the day we visited museums, embarked on guided walking tours, drank delicious coffee, and took tons of photos!

If you are staying in Cuba for more than 3 days, then head out to Vinales or Trinidad on a road trip, or day tours from Havana to enrich your Cuban experience. 

Wandering through the colorful lanes in3 days in Havana Itinerary

Havana Vacations and Tour Ideas

Our time in Havana was packed with a lot of sight-seeing adventures and experiences. This post is a shortened version, which is written with the “must-visit” items in mind.

If you are planning to visit Havana on a weekend trip (2-3 days) or exploring 3 days in Havana as part of a week-long beach vacation (3 days- Havana – 3 days Varadero/Trinidad combo), then you are in the right spot.

You will find that in three days you will be able to explore most of the tourist areas in Havana.

Another way to explore Cuba is to take a cruise and choose Havana excursions. Havana has a long coastline and is also an ideal cruise location.

Photos of Old Havana. So you got 3 days in Havana? Make the most of it! Visit the UNESCO Heritage Site of Old Havana, learn about the revolution era, explore the Spanish quarters, wander along the waterfront and drink some daiquiris! Plan your perfect Havana Itinerary right here
Havana Itinerary

Getting to Havana Cuba 

Havana is served by the Jose Marti International Airport, which connects Havana with the rest of the Americas, Caribbean, Europe, and one African destination. This airport is also the main hub of Cuba’s national carrier – Cubana de Aviacion.

Havana Airport is small but does serve the purpose of an aviation/transport center.

Read the  Havana Travel Guide

Visiting Havana Cuba & Arriving in Havana City

  • When you are flying into Havana, you will have to go through the immigration and customs department. On your Havana flight, you will fill out a tourist card, which gets stamped at the airport. They do a thorough checking of the passport document and pictures as well.
  • Travel Medical Insurance is mandatory. However, on our trip, no one requested for medical insurance document BUT it is a travel requirement. Please carry your travel insurance though. Get travel insurance quotes here
  • The line -up at the immigration counter was huge on our arrival. They did have 4-5 counters open, with support staff around. But it took longer as they were not screening in couples or families together. Normally in my experience, couples and families or travelers living in the same address are screened at the same time and had to fill out 1 form only. Well, we did fill 1 form, but we were screened one after the other. They didn’t ask any questions though.
  • There are currency exchange centers in the airport terminal. They are located outside the airport, by exit doors (which was a little weird), but Cuba is safe 🙂 so I guess it’s okay to have a currency exchange place where the taxis were parked for hire!
  • There are taxis and colectivos available for transport to your hotel/resort. If you have not pre-booked a taxi or airport transfer, book the state-owned taxis. Their fares are written on their counter and in the arrival terminals, so you know that you are paying the “required” fare.

The airport has decent amenities inside including coffee shops and souvenir stores.

Havana Itinerary Views from Gran Theatre Havana
Havana Itinerary Views from Gran Theatre Havana

Leaving/Departing from Havana Airport

  • Checking is was actually a breeze. We got our boarding passes (remember to get paper copies of boarding passes, cell-phone scans are not accepted. Also no wifi to get the copy from your email!)
  • After security check-in, you will find some more restaurants and souvenir shops before your departure from Havana.

We planned our round trip to Havana Cuba via Air Canada vacations. It included the return flight from Canada, airport transfers and a hotel stay with free breakfast. You can customize your trip – in terms of hotel preference and days.

For travelers flying from Canada, Westjet didn’t have any options for Havana. We saw options via Air Canada only for Havana or other resort stays. If you are planning to book some day tours, here is a recommendation.

Where to stay in Havana – Best Places to stay in Havana Itinerary

Havana has amazing options for accommodation. There are luxury hotels, vintage hotels, and Airbnb options available. All hotels are owned by the government or co-owned in partnership with another entity. You can find hotels ranging from $79 USD to $300+ hotels in Havana.

Here are some of our favorite hotels

Photo of Hotel Plaza in Old Havana. So you got 3 days in Havana? Make the most of it! Visit the UNESCO Heritage Site of Old Havana, learn about the revolution era, explore the Spanish quarters, wander along the waterfront and drink some daiquiris! Plan your perfect Havana Itinerary right here
Hotel Plaza in Old Havana – this is where we stayed for 3 days.
  • Hotel Plaza –  We stayed at Hotel Plaza in Old Havana. This hotel is 110 years old – so you are a part of history!
    • It looks great on the outside, interiors are okay. Rooms were a decent size, had a TV and a small fridge
    • Located close to Old and Central Havana. Most of the attractions mentioned in this post were located very close to the Hotel Plaza.
    • It was 3.5 stars by Cuban standard, we found it to be 2 stars (or a tad less) by global standards.
    • Hotel Plaza had free breakfast served at their rooftop restaurant. And we were so amazed at the views from up there.
    • Our stay at Hotel Plaza was $100 a night with breakfast. Book your stay at Hotel Plaza here
  • Hotel Deauville – Located opposite to the Malecon or the waterfront, Hotel Deauville is a budget option.
  • Suite Plaza Vieja Luxury Stay – This beautiful hotel is located at the Old Havana Square. You will see more pictures below. So take note!
    • Pros are that it is located in Old Havana, surrounded by beautiful buildings and restaurants.
    • Free breakfast is included. Room rates start at $190 USD Book your stay here
  • Iberostar Hotel Parque Central – Another hotel, located in the same area as Hotel Plaza is Iberostar Parque Central
    • Iberostar Hotel Parque Central room rates are higher than Hotel Plaza. The interiors were lovely. They had a pool, rooftop restaurant, and a bar.
    • You will get amazing views of Old Havana’s iconic landmarks like El Capitolio and Gran Theatre of Havana from their rooftop
    • A comfortable, luxurious and memorable stay! Stay at Iberostar Parque Central 
  • Nacional Hotel – Historic Nacional Hotel is located in the Vedado neighborhood of Havana.
    • It is a well-maintained hotel, which also offers various amenities like currency exchanges, pools, museums (inside the hotel) and patio restaurants. 
    • The views from their patio are amazing. and beautiful both inside and outside.
    • Their room rates start at $120 USD, up to $300+ a night. Book your stay at the Nacional Hotel here

Casa Particulars are your AirBnBs. They are some listed on the Airbnb website as well, so you can book them in advance. They are cheaper than most hotels and you do get an opportunity to spend time with a Cuban family and learn about their culture. Book your Cuba Havana Hotels right here

Havana Itinerary Day 01 – Old Havana – Plazas and Catedral de San Cristobal Square – Hemingway and El Floridita Restaurant – Hamel Alley – Central Havana

We arrived late night in Havana and utilized the next morning to explore the beautiful UNESCO Heritage site of Old Town Havana.

Vintage cars in Old Havana. - tosomeplacenew
Cuba

Old Havana – We stayed at a sweet spot in the city, where we could access Old Havana and Central Havana with ease. Old Havana is accessible on foot or by taking a pissi-taxi. We do recommend walking through Old Havana, admiring the buildings, colors, and people. The lanes are small and not smooth, so wear comfortable shoes on your exploration.

To experience the best of old Havana, we highly recommend doing a guided walking tour. We did our private tour with a local guide and thoroughly enjoyed our time. Book your walking tour of old Havana here. 

Old Havana Lanes Havana Itinerary
Old Havana Lanes

Also, don’t forget your camera and sunglasses. One can spend almost an entire day, photographing and wandering through Old Havana. Certain sections of Old Havana are commercialized, where one will find hip restaurants, stores, banks, etc. But as you wander through smaller lanes and go deeper, you will only find blocks and blocks of old dilapidated, but beautiful buildings.

UNESCO declared Old Havana as a World Heritage Site in 1982. Old Havana consists of 5 large plazas each with its own unique architectural character. The 5 Plazas are – Plaza de Armas, Plaza Vieja, Plaza San Francisco de Asis, Plaza del Cristo, and Plaza de la Catedral.

Habana Vieja or Old Havana is the originating point of the city of Havana.

Did you know Havana was founded in the 16th century by the Spanish rulers?

There are 4 squares in Havana. On your 1st day, you can definitely walk and cover Old Havana Square and the Catedral de San Cristobal.

Get inspired by these amazing photos from Old Havana Cuba

Plaza Vieja or Old Havana Square is lined with beautiful, colorful buildings that now house cafes and restaurants. This square was the site of bull-flights, processions, and excursions in the past. Plaza Vieja was built in the 16th century and was popular with the wealthy citizens who witnessed these events.

Image of Old Havana Square. So you got 3 days in Havana? Make the most of it! Visit the UNESCO Heritage Site of Old Havana, learn about the revolution era, explore the Spanish quarters, wander along the waterfront and drink some daiquiris! Plan your perfect Havana Itinerary right here
Old Havana Square
So you got 3 days in Havana? Make the most of it! Visit the UNESCO Heritage Site of Old Havana, learn about the revolution era, explore the Spanish quarters, wander along the waterfront and drink some daiquiris! Plan your perfect Havana Itinerary right here
Old Havana Square

The Catedral de San Cristobal square gets its name from the beautiful cathedral that stands tall on one side of the square. This beautiful and massive baroque cathedral was built in the 18th century. It is also called the Havana Cathedral. The remains of Christopher Columbus were housed here but later taken away to the Seville Cathedral in Spain in the 19th century.

Cathedral Square in Old Havana Cuba Photo. So you got 3 days in Havana? Make the most of it! Visit the UNESCO Heritage Site of Old Havana, learn about the revolution era, explore the Spanish quarters, wander along the waterfront and drink some daiquiris! Plan your perfect Havana Itinerary right here
Cathedral Square

The cathedral can be categorized as an early Cuban Baroque facade because of its many curves and double curves and structures that are ornamental rather than structural. The interior of the cathedral is ornate with white and black marble floors, with massive stone pillars and side chapels. It is built in a neoclassical style.

The towers at the entrance are uneven. The one on the right is a bell tower and is wider than the tower on the left. You can actually climb to the wider tower and get amazing views of the city of Havana. The ticket costs 1 CUC. 

This is a living cathedral and weddings are conducted here as well. There are other buildings in this square as well and the beauty of these buildings is that they are painted in lovely bight colors – blue and yellow.

There are cute cafes around the square. We stopped for cappuccinos and a quick bite at the Bianchini restaurant. This tiny cafe is squeezed into a ‘culinary alley’ near the cathedral. Their cappuccino was delicious! 

Note: Bianchini is currently closed. Opt for El Cafe Havana instead, located in Old Havana and known for its sandwiches and brunches. Another great option is Cafe Suzia, where we had lunch in one of the days in Havana.

You can spend a few more hours here and wander through beautiful lanes with Spanish remnants of the city of Havana.

If you happen to like Plaza de la Catedral and spend more time there, you will find your way to Hotel Ambos Mundos. Located at the intersection of Bishops and Merchants Streets in Old Havana, this hotel houses the legacy of writer Ernst Hemingway. It was home to the popular writer for seven years in the 1930s.

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Ernst Hemmingway’s legacy in Havana Cuba

On your first day, you can also check out the famous restaurant that Ernst Hemingway frequented when he lived in Cuba for 20 years. The restaurant called – El Floridita – was located right across the street from our hotel. And we went there for a couple of drinks. Hemmingway loved his daiquiris. There is a big statue of Hemmingway inside as well.

Keep in mind this place is super crowded and they serve Daiquiris (made in batch at the bar) and also mojitos and pina coladas. There is a restaurant as well along with the bar, but make sure you reserve your place. The drinks were a little expensive than other restaurants. A mojito/Daiquiri will cost 6 CUC.

Photo and location of El Floridita in Havana. So you got 3 days in Havana? Make the most of it! Visit the UNESCO Heritage Site of Old Havana, learn about the revolution era, explore the Spanish quarters, wander along the waterfront and drink some daiquiris! Plan your perfect Havana Itinerary right here
El Floridita

There is a restaurant in the same block as El Floridita, actually next to it – which serves amazing Cuban food. That’s where we went for dinner on one of the nights! We had Roopa Vieja (shredded beef) with a beer and a dessert or ice cream – all for 6.50 CUC. The restaurant is called La Pina Del Plata.

You can cover all of these areas by walking.

After lunch, head to the Plaza de San Francisco de Asís. This plaza was built in the 17th century and it faces the Havana Harbour, so you can enjoy some warm sunshine (in the winters). If the sun is too bright, skip the plaza and head to Hamel Alley instead. 

Hamel Alley - Havana Itinerary 3 days
Hamel Alley – Havana Itinerary 3 days

Hamel Alley is located in central Havana and it is filled with lively colorful murals and sculptures. The alley is dedicated to the Afro-Cuban cultural heritage and was the brainchild of Cuban artist Salvador Gonzáles Escalona. This colorful lane with bright messages (including the popular story of Happy Prince) makes this site very unique and special. This alley offers visitors to Cuba’s capital a taste of the city’s local art. 

Rumba is very popular as the art is dedicated to the Afro-Cuban relationship. And every Sunday, there are rumba sessions held here for tourists to enjoy. Book a tour to explore the Afro Cuban Religious walking tour

Hamel Alley Havana Itinerary
Hamel Alley Havana Itinerary

From Old Havana, you can make your way to Central Havana (before evening), to see the hustle-bustle of the capital city. There is nothing much to see in terms of sight-seeing spots.

Central Havana is mainly a residential area and has some commercial buildings too (located on the northern edge by the Malecón/waterfront). But just like the lanes of Old Havana, you can wander into Centro Havana – capture some amazing pictures of these buildings, lanes and everyday life.

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Central Havana

In the evening, head back to the old Habana neighborhood for dinner. You have tons of options to enjoy dinner with mojitos, food and live music. Most of the restaurants are located in the outer old Havana area, including the La Pina Del Plata and Ruinas del Parque. Ruinas del Parque (Roast Chicken and Rice, plain but decent portion, food was okay. Ambiance was great).

It is common to see Cubans singing and dancing the night away, and they will invite you to do that same. So get your salsa shoes on!

Havana Itinerary Day 2 – José Martí Memorial, Gran Teatro de La Habana, Museo Nacional de las Bellas Artes, Capitolio, Museum of the Revolution – Granma Memorial –  Plaza de la Revolution – National Hotel

On Day 2 of Havana Travel Itinerary, the theme of the day was the revolution period. But before that, make your way to the José Martí Memorial Plaza, located just outside of Old Havana. 

This square with the statue of Jose Marti is a popular spot in Havana for Insta-worthy pictures (and is also a taxi and tour hub). Jose Marti was a Cuban National Hero and he was very politically active and is considered an important symbol of Cuba’s bid for independence against Spain in the 19th century.

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Jose Marti Memorial

This square is an open area where locals sit and have a healthy banter and debate. The square is lined with vintage cars that you can rent. (This memorial is different from the Jose Marti monument at the Plaza de Revolution). 

Steps away from the Jose Marti monument is the Gran Teatro de La Habana. The Great Theatre of Havana Alicia Alonso is named after Cuban’s first ballerina – Alicia Alonso.

It is also a living theatre. Much of the architecture and chandeliers/ interiors are from Galicia in Spain. You can book for guided tours of the theatre for 5 CUC. The inside tour of the theatre is totally worth it – as you can capture some unforgettable memories from the theater’s balconies!

If interested you can visit the Museo Nacional de las Bellas Artes located nearby. There are two exhibitions or museum displays in the buildings belonging to the Museum. The Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) is dedicated to Cuban Fine Arts. And the second called Palacio del Centro Asturiano (Palace of the Asturian Center) is home to Universal Art.

Gran Theatre of Havana
Gran Theatre of Havana

While exploring this area, you will be mesmerized by a building that resembles the Capitol in Washington DC.

El Capitolio, also known as the National Capitol Building of Havana, was the organization of government in Cuba until 1959 (after the Cuban Revolution). The Capitolio was one of the tallest buildings at one point of time and also housed the world’s third-largest indoor statue. Today, it is home to the Cuban Academy of Sciences.

El Capitalio - Havana Itinerary 3 days
El Capitalio – Havana Itinerary 3 days

Right after the Capitolio, we went to the Museum of the Revolution, also called Museo de la Revolucion. This museum was located just 5 minutes from our hotel.

As the name suggests, Museo de la Revolucion is a museum dedicated to the history of pre and post-Cuban revolution. To give a sense of history, the Cuban revolution started under Fidel Castro’s leadership to overthrow the tyrant Batista regime. This period was marked by immense nationalism within the country and had international repercussions especially with the United States.

Beautiful building of the Museum of the Revolution - So you got 3 days in Havana? Make the most of it! Visit the UNESCO Heritage Site of Old Havana, learn about the revolution era, explore the Spanish quarters, wander along the waterfront and drink some daiquiris! Plan your perfect Havana Itinerary right here
Museum of the Revolution

The revolution saw the overthrow of Batista rule and under Fidel Castro – a new government was formed. The museum speaks volumes on the activities of the CIA and the US and how it led to the nationalization of banks, schools and education, health systems, etc.

My personal opinion – from what I saw in that museum actually showed me a different side of Communism. As a student of history, I like Marxism as a concept. It is hard to implement though and get results in terms of economic prosperity, which is also a fact.

But in Cuba, post revolution, the work that the leaders did – in terms of opening medical schools, arts institutes, hospitals, etc is commendable. Education and health care is still free, including prescription drugs.

Cubans own their property and houses, this is in contrast to the erstwhile Communist Czechoslovakia where houses were state owned at that time (prior to 1990). Women’s emancipation is huge and is incredibly amazing. And not to forget safety of tourists and everybody else in the country. Cuba is struggling economically due to trade embargoes, and tourism does help them and is a great source of income. Jobs in tourism are better paid then others.

Museum of the revolution -photo of bullet marks. So you got 3 days in Havana? Make the most of it! Visit the UNESCO Heritage Site of Old Havana, learn about the revolution era, explore the Spanish quarters, wander along the waterfront and drink some daiquiris! Plan your perfect Havana Itinerary right here
Museum of the Revolution – Bullet marks on the wall

The entry fee to the museum is 8 CUC per person. You are allowed to photograph inside and outside of the museum. You can easily spend 2 hours here (we did :))

So you got 3 days in Havana? Make the most of it! Visit the UNESCO Heritage Site of Old Havana, learn about the revolution era, explore the Spanish quarters, wander along the waterfront and drink some daiquiris! Plan your perfect Havana Itinerary right here
The Trio

A few steps away from the museum is the Granma Memorial – the Granma memorial has the yacht (real, not a replica) that was used to transport 82 fighters of the Cuban Revolution from Mexico to Cuba to overthrow the regime of Batista. In the memorial site, there are other vehicles and aircraft that remain from previous struggles and movements.

Situated close to the Granma Memorial is the National Fine Arts Museum of Cuba. This museum is not very crowded. And if you like fine arts and would like to learn about the arts during the revolutionary period – this is the place to visit.

Keeping the Revolution period theme in mind, we head to the Plaza de la Revolution next.

So you got 3 days in Havana? Make the most of it! Visit the UNESCO Heritage Site of Old Havana, learn about the revolution era, explore the Spanish quarters, wander along the waterfront and drink some daiquiris! Plan your perfect Havana Itinerary right here
Plaza de la Revolution

Plaza de la Revolution is an important square in Havana. The square was built in the 20th century and has been used for all political rallies since Fidel came to power. The square can house more than 1 million attendees. Pope John Paul II, during his 1998 first visit by a Pope, and Pope Francis in 2015, held large Masses there during papal visits to Cuba.

The famous image of Che Guevara from one of the government buildings is located right across the square. There is nothing much to see here, other than the statue and the images of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro from across the square. The square is not crowded so you can take great pictures, minus the tourists.

Jose Marti Statue Havana Itinerary
Jose Marti Statue Havana Itinerary

The square has a big statue of Jose Marti – he is idolized in Cuba and in most historic places you will see references to Jose Marti.

Nacional Hotel is another historical site, which is worth covering in your Havana trip. This hotel is located very close to the city center and has been frequented by political leaders and celebrities for years. The hotel has a historical tour that runs from 10:00- 06:00 every day except for Sundays.

Cuba Sign from Nacional Hotel Havana Itinerary- tosomeplacenew
Cuba Sign from Nacional Hotel Havana Itinerary

The hotel has its links to the infamous Havana conference of 1940s, was a historic meeting of United States Mafia and Cosa Nostra leaders occurred in Havana, Cuba. The hotel also has bullet marks from the pre-revolution period.

If not for the history, visit the Hotel Nacional to get some amazing views of the waterfront in the evening. The garden area is open to all visitors and you can sit, relax and sip some refreshing mojitos whilst enjoying the views of the Malecon. (Drinks cost 6 CUC). You can opt for dinner here as well.

So you got 3 days in Havana? Make the most of it! Visit the UNESCO Heritage Site of Old Havana, learn about the revolution era, explore the Spanish quarters, wander along the waterfront and drink some daiquiris! Plan your perfect Havana Itinerary right here
View of the Harbour Front – Hotel Nacional

Havana Itinerary Day 3 – Port of Havana, El Morro, Fort Cabana, Malecon – Harbour-front, Classic Car ride – Goodbye drinks

Day 3 of Havana Itinerary is dedicated to Cuba’s harbour-front, starting with the Port of Havana. Although now defunct, the old port terminal of Havana still stands since “time memorial”. Havana’s port led to its colonization under the Spanish rule. Natives were deported or used as slaves.

Photo of Port of Havana Terminal. So you got 3 days in Havana? Make the most of it! Visit the UNESCO Heritage Site of Old Havana, learn about the revolution era, explore the Spanish quarters, wander along the waterfront and drink some daiquiris! Plan your perfect Havana Itinerary right here
Port of Havana Terminal

Fast forward a few centuries when most of the Americas revolted against the Spanish rule, Cuba stayed loyal for a very long time. But the Cubans were exploited in turn. You can take a walk along the water-front. I recommend doing this either in the morning or evening when the temperatures are mild.

Located on the port of Havana is the Almacenes San José Artisans indoor market. This famous crafts market was located near the Plaza de la Catedral in Old Havana and was later relocated near the port. The harbourside warehouse was set up in 1885. 

Artisans Market Havana
Artisans Market

As you enter the building, you will be welcomed with beautiful works of art, paintings, and local crafts. You will find some souvenirs to take back home as we did.

Along the coastal area, there are many forts that were created by the Spaniards to protect their land. One of them is the El Morro or the Morro Castle. Morro means “rock” and the rock structures in El Morro, including their 10 m high (now 30 m) lighthouse is visible from the sea. It was meant to be a defensive fort. In the fort, you can see canons being placed all around it for security.

Castle of El Morro in Havana Cuba. So you got 3 days in Havana? Make the most of it! Visit the UNESCO Heritage Site of Old Havana, learn about the revolution era, explore the Spanish quarters, wander along the waterfront and drink some daiquiris! Plan your perfect Havana Itinerary right here
From El Morro

A visit to the interiors of the fort cost 8 CUC and I think it’s worth it as it includes entry to the museum and exhibitions inside the fort. It also allows you to wander through the fort towers to get amazing views. You can spend 1-2 hours in this area. There are no restaurants located here, just souvenir stalls.

The fortress of La Cabana is visible from El Morro. The fortress was built in the 18th century and it served the colonial powers (Spanish and then the British) and later it played an important role in the revolution period when Che Guevara used it as a military base and prison headquarters. This fort is just a short walk from El Morro.

Views from El Morro Havana Itinerary
Views from El Morro Havana Itinerary

The complex is part of a historical park, along with the El Morro fortress. Every night a cannon is fired at 9 pm from here, the “El Cañonazo de las 9”, a custom kept from colonial times signaling the closure of the gates in the city wall. 

View of the cityscape of Havana and the waterfront. So you got 3 days in Havana? Make the most of it! Visit the UNESCO Heritage Site of Old Havana, learn about the revolution era, explore the Spanish quarters, wander along the waterfront and drink some daiquiris! Plan your perfect Havana Itinerary right here
View of Malecon

The Malecón refers to the water-front – broadly covering roadway and seawall along the coast of Havana. It includes Havana Harbor, along the north side of the Centro Habana neighborhood and ends in the Vedado neighborhood.

You will find Cubans enjoying a walk along the 8 km coastline on a hot day, to enjoy the breeze from the waves. Most of the cruise ships to Cuba dock here for a day tour of the Havana city.

Vedado is home to La Fabrica del Arte Cubano, which is an art gallery and a night club in Havana, Cuba. Fábrica’s gallery and stage are huge and they were established inside of a former cooking oil plant near the Almendares River. Today it is frequented by youngsters for affordable drinks!

Classic car ride in Havana. So you got 3 days in Havana? Make the most of it! Visit the UNESCO Heritage Site of Old Havana, learn about the revolution era, explore the Spanish quarters, wander along the waterfront and drink some daiquiris! Plan your perfect Havana Itinerary right here
Ride in a Classic Car along Malecon

Take a classic car ride along the Malecon, by riding in one the vintage American cars. You can rent a vintage car from your hotel (near Old Havana) to Malecon. The return trip will cost 10 CUC or 15 CUC, if it is an open car. Book a classic car ride in Havana Cuba.

After a fun-filled ride, bid adieu to the beautiful city of Havana from a roof top bar. There are many options to choose from. Almost all hotels have a rooftop bar in Havana. My recommendation would be a hotel located close to Old Havana to get amazing views of the old city and its charming lanes. Top your evening with some Mojitos and watch the sun go down, enjoying the golden skies. 

Views of the Capitalio from Hotel Iberostar Parque Central
Views of the Capitalio from Hotel Iberostar Parque Central

This image is from Hotel Iberostar Parque Central – their rooftop bar and views from up there are stunning. Another great option is Hotel Inglaterra Havana, which located in the same square and it will give you amazing views like the one below. 

Tours and Day Trip Ideas – Havana Things to do in 3 days

Havana is all about the experience. Take time to wander through the colorful lanes of Old Havana and enjoy a classic vintage car ride through the city. Here are some of the tours that you MUST take in Havana

  • Old Havana Walking Tour – Perfect way to explore lanes of Old Havana and learn its history with a local guide. It also includes lunch. Book a walking tour here.
  • Classic Car Ride – You can book a classic car ride online or hop near the Jose Marti Memorial Square near Old Havana. Book a classic car ride in Havana Cuba.
  • Cigar Factory Tour – Modern Partagas Cigar Factory is a traditional factory, where the iconic hand-rolled Cohiba cigars are made. It is a working factory and is open for tours if you are interested.
  • Vinales day trip – To explore the Cuban countryside, head to Vinales in a day trip from Havana. You can also book a day tour here

Book your Havana Tours here

 

 

7 days in Cuba Itinerary: Extending your trip 

Havana is the perfect entry point to Cuba. As mentioned above, you can easily explore Vinales and Trinidad from Havana. Here are some quick itinerary tips

  • Day 1: UNESCO Heritage site of Old Town Havana
  • Day 2: Learn about Havana and history of the Cuban Revolution
  • Day 3: Explore historical remnants at the harbourfront
  • Day 4: Take a day trip to Vinales or embark on a road trip. Vinales is known for Cuban cigars and its stunning nature-scape. You can also book a day tour here
  • Day 5: The distance between Havana and Trinidad is 287 km, and there are no direct buses. So your best bet is to either embark on a road trip and stay overnight for 2 days in Trinidad while stopping at Cienfuegos, Playa Giron, and Playa Larga.
  • Day 6: Explore Trinidad. Trinidad is known for its colorful cobblestone lanes and colonial buildings.
  • Day 7: Return to Havana to fly back. 

We hope you enjoyed our itinerary for Havana Cuba in 3 days. Have fun in this unique city!

Additional Reading: Cuba Travel Tips

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  1. Cuba is right up there on my list and your article has got me excited about the prospect again. Looks like such a fabulous city with the history, the castles and, of course, the classic cars! Really enjoyed reading!

  2. These photos make me want to visit! I just love all the old cars – I think I’d take too many photos of them! I like the itinerary you have planned out too. Old Town seems so photogenic!

  3. Thank you for sharing such a detailed post, your photos are so lovely! Definitely makes me want to visit Havana immediately.

  4. Oh this is so helpful! Love all the practical tips but the photos are amazing. You fit into Havana perfectly and look stunning! Great post!

  5. Oh this is so helpful! Love all the practical tips but the photos are amazing. You fit into Havana perfectly and look stunning! Great post

  6. What a beauitful article. I loved reading it and remembering all the places frm our own Havana trip last year. My favourite part was walking along the Malecon. Love your photos and expereinces. 🙂

  7. What a great and detailed itinerary! Cuba has been on my list forever. It’s great that you can walk to many of the attractions in the city — so much more fun to explore that way than dealing with public transport or taxis.

  8. I’ve been to Havana, but I must say WOW! Great post! I didn’t know just how much I missed on my first trip and you just made me want to come back. Thank you!

  9. Old Havana with its quaint cobbled squares and those vintage cars on the streets looks so beautiful! The Cathedral Square is lovely too. And I like the fact that the place can be explored on foot. I would love to visit it someday. Will save your itinerary for when I do visit.

  10. This is a perfect 3-day itinerary for visiting Havana. Exploring the old remnants and historical buildings is my all time favourite thing to do. Havana seems to be full of such places. I love your pictures of the Cathedral Square and the Old Havana Square. The view from El Morro fortress is simply magical. I like the way you have provided details of the places as well as hotel suggestions.

  11. Gorgeous, gorgeous photos! I would love to go to Havana before it becomes too commercialized but I’m hearing mixed reports with many who are disappointed. I hear that the food/cuisine is also nothing to rave about. But in saying that I believe you make it what it is and your article shows just that. did you see many travelling kids? Wonder what a good age is to make my daughter.

    1. Thank you so much Amy! Cuba is very safe to travel with young kids. I would recommend carrying medicines (the usual prescription drugs cold, stomach aches ones, just in case as it would be expensive to get medicines there) In terms of sight seeing, we did see kids with travelling with parents, in restaurants and city tour buses.
      If your daughter likes arts, ballet or history, she wont be disappointed in Havana.
      In terms of food, resort or hotel food or all inclusives is not that great. Most resorts serve US/Canadian or European clients so they attempt to prepare dishes keeping their taste in mind, however Cuba doesnt get a lot of spices and other food ingredients that many other countries do. So the taste may not be that great.
      Try venturing out and eating at Casa Paladars which are private owned restaurants,operated by local Cubans and you will see a big difference in taste. They serve Cuban dishes predominately and Cuban mojito and beer. All food items are prepared from home grown vegetables (they serve a lot of salad) and those dishes are delicious – not too spicy, mild and just right 🙂

  12. I LOVE Havana!!! It’s such a colourful place with a lot of culture! This 3 day guide is very helpful for anyone planning to visit Havana! I haven’t been in about 10 years so I think it’s time for me to go back!! Will pin this for future reference:) Thank you for sharing!

  13. Havana looks so cute in your photos! The architecture, the car, the colours, every shot is so photogenic. I also like it that the city is filled with things to do for artsy people and history buffs. Sounds like a destination I shouldn’t miss. Definitely bookmarking your guide!

  14. Havana looks beautiful! It’s always been on my list and after seeing your post, I really want to go! And love how detailed your post is. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Havana looks so cute! I always think of those cars when I imagine it. I also don’t get how they still have old school cars?!

  16. I don’t think anyone can say no to Cuba. I love how historic it all is – and that you feel like you can go back in time. Stunning photos! You’re making me want to go even more now.

  17. Great post! I’m reminiscing my Cuban days through your beautiful photos 🙂 There’s so much history, so much life in Havana! Also, El Morro is a fantastic viewpoint, great tip 😉

  18. What a gorgeous place! I have been told that it was amazing but after seeing your pictures, I can see why. I would love to visit Cuba one day and see for myself. Good to know about the boarding pass on a mobile phone, I wouldn’t want to be denied boarding because I didn’t print my boarding pass. Thanks for sharing

  19. The 3 days itinerary looks just perfect with all the useful tips. Havana looks so beautiful with its charm and wonders. Love the photographs. They make me want to visit the place!

  20. Love the idea of booking a Casa Particular and staying with a Cuban family. Your photos of the plazas, architecture, classic cars, and food are all so stunning.

  21. Looks like I have to consider going to Cuba again (my ex is Cuban born and I once planned to go with him). But life happened so anyway, I’d love to really delve deep into the history and talk to the citizens of Havana and other parts of the island to see how they feel about their country, their previous leadership, and the current BOOM in Tourism. Let’s see if I can make it happen. Saving your Itinerary

  22. Cuba is really high on my list, and your post has got me itching to visit even sooner! Lovely pictures and great information! Definitely saving for my future trip 🙂

  23. Your rooftop view of Havana with a Mojito looks incredible! I love how Havana appears stuck in the past with its historic architecture and classic vehicles.

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