Havana or La Habana in Spanish is the beautiful capital of Cuba and the third largest city in the Caribbean. It is the chief commercial centre of the country and a principle port. The vibrant city with its magnificent blend of the neo-classical, colonial and baroque architecture with that of modern structures is very intriguing. A rich cultural history and the immense development through the centuries are reflected through the building and monuments. Havana is marked by the tropical savanna climate and therefore has a pleasant climate through the year. It rains from December to April, but the rains are heaviest in the months of June and October.
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The capital city is divided into three sections known as three cities, the Old Havana, Vedado and the new suburban area. Old Havana comprises of the original Havana city and is a UNESCO declared World Heritage Site. Many of the numerous neo-classic structures in the city are being renovated to bring back its past glory. There are several places of interests in Old Havana that tourists flock to see such as the Castillo del Morro, the scenic gateway to the bay, the San Cristobal Cathedral, the Plaza de la Catedral a La Habana, Great Theatre of Havana, National Capitol, the Plaza de Armas and many other marvelous sites that can be explored.
Vedado is the newer section of the city and the new commercial centre and the hub of entertainment and tourist activity. You can visit the oldest cigar factory here called the Real Fabrica de Tabacos Partagas. The third city is the industrial and the wealthy residential section with most of the suburban homes turned into schools, offices and hospitals. The cobbled streets, the lush green palms, the beaches, the native people, the vintage cars running on the streets, the music, food and nightlife are some of the things that you can experience here. The inhabitants are friendly people and if you can speak French, you can really get a lot of information about the city from them.
While traveling in Cuba, there are certain things that you will need to carry with you such as a mosquito repellant, any medicines that you normally take, as it is difficult to get some medicines in Cuba. Also remember that dollars are of no use here, so it would be wiser to carry convertible pesos or Cuban pesos for making payments and tipping, which is expected of all tourists here. Havana may not be the most exceptional of cities, but it does have some great sites and can provide an enjoyable holiday experience. It would be ideal to combine two or three cities when you are planning a trip to Cuba.