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Havana has held an irresistible pull on the American imagination for many years. Now that Cuba has opened up to us once more you can take a cheap flight over to its capital to see why for yourself.
Some of the world’s best weather can be found here, there’s the romance of the crumbling colonial architecture painted in faded shades of pastel, there’s those vintage 1950s muscle cars, that wonderful music and the finest cigars you’ll ever taste. What’s not to like in this truly unique Caribbean destination?
The best time to visit Havana is between December and February. The temperatures are at their most comfortable and there’s a slew of cultural events taking place, including the Days of Cuban Culture and international ballet, film and jazz festivals. This all comes at a price: hotel rates soar and if you are hoping to get any kind of a deal on your flight tickets you’ll need to book well in advance.
Cuba offers year-round warm temperatures but, during the wet season of May to October, rains are to be expected on most days. In addition, in August and September, hurricane risk is at its highest (although still highly unlikely).
In the run up to the wet season (March to June) temperatures start to peak in the upper 80s and conditions get rather muggy in the heart of the city.
If you want to see Havana at its most colorful, visit in August during Carnival. You’ll benefit from cheap flights, thanks to it falling in both the wet and hurricane season, and you’ll get to experience a real slice of Cuban life at its most exuberant.
Booking early and having a degree of flexibility are the best ways to bag a bargain flight to Havana.
Optimal flight times from the US to Havana are:
The largest airport in Cuba, located close to Havana, is Jose Marti International Airport. Many hotels and tour operators pre-arrange your onward travel by shuttle bus. If this is not the case for you your options are car hire or taxi, both of which are available at the airport. There is no public bus service from the airport into Havana.
To give you a rough idea of transfer times by road it is about a half an hour to downtown Havana, one hour to Playas del Este and two hours to Varadero.
The other main international airports outside of Havana include Juan Gualberto Gomez Airportin Varadero, Frank Pais Airport in Holguin and Jardines del Rey Airport in Cayo Coco.
Carriers offering a direct flight from the US to Havana include:
While much of Cuba’s charm is that it has yet to be heavily developed, this does pose somewhat of a challenge when getting around.
If you are looking to explore the country from Havana you should be aware that its bus and train services are, for anything beyond local travel, unreliable.
Within the city you can always use taxis, but sometimes it can be hard to distinguish these from privately owned local cars. Car hire – or hiring a car and driver – offers a very attractive alternative.
While it’s easy to spend hours just wandering the atmospheric streets of Havana, undoubtedly the best place to do this is in the fascinating neighborhood of Centro Habana. It’s not, like other areas, Unesco-listed but it is where the true colors of Cuba come alive. Salsa music drifts out of windows, the scent of street food lingers in the air and people watching from a café is the ideal way to take it all in.
Of course, another great place to stroll is along the five miles of the seafront promenade that is known as the Malecón. Your reward at the end is La Rampa in the Vedado neighborhood, a nightlife hotspot that will ensure you forget about those aching feet.
The city itself is crammed with iconic statues, architecture and memorials. These include:
You’ll require full medical and travel insurance when visiting. This will be checked at the airport, so make sure to arrange it before you come.
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