Havana City. The capital City of Cuba.
It is the largest city, province, major port and leading commercial center of Cuba.
Has a population of 2.1 Million people. Covers a total area of 781.58km square.
Havana City is the largest city by area, the most populous city, and the fourth largest metropolitan area in the Caribbean region.
The city is the center of the Cuban government, and home to various ministries, headquarters of businesses and over 90 diplomatic offices.
The city attracts over a million tourists annually.
Old Havana was declared UNESCO’s world heritage site in 1982.
8 THINGS TO DO AND NOT TO DO IN HAVANA CITY
- Don’t talk about politics. Cuba is a communist country despite recent reforms. Instead, avoid this topic and engage the locals in more interesting topics that will make them comfortable to contribute.
- Don’t stay in the orange casa particulares but instead stay in the casas that have a blue sign outside where foreigners can stay.
- You cannot take photos of police soldiers and Instead use your camera to capture beautiful scenes near you.
- Don’t be shy. Cubans tend to be loud and animated, especially in Havana. So make sure you put yourself out there to get the most out of your trip.
- Do not get confused by the two currencies which differ hugely in value. Instead, always check your change to make sure you have the right balance.
- Do not visit Havana without doing shopping. They experience a shortage of goods. Instead, make sure you bring everything you need with you.
- Don’t forget to tip. The basic salary of most residents is low and they rely on tips too.
- Don’t blow your nose in public or spit in the street but instead go somewhere private if you need to.
7 MOST INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT HAVANA CITY
- The former Presidential Palace is now the Museum of the Revolution
- Every night at 9 p.m., the traditional cannon blast, or cañonazo, takes place at the fortress, La Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña, attracting daily crowd of 1000 people.
- Standing 39 floors, the Edificio Focsa is the tallest high rise in the capital
- El Capitolio (National Capitol Building ) stands at 92mtrs (300ft) which is considered higher than the one in DC.
- Mural of Che Guevara sculpture has words underneath the picture reads “Hasta la Victoria Siempre” that means “keep striving for Victory”
- Castillo de la Real Fuerza is the oldest military construction in Havana & was originally built to defend against the attack of pirates.
- There are an estimated 60,000 vintage cars in Cuba, including Havana.