Havana (or La Habana in Spanish) is the capital of Cuba and one of the largest cities in the Caribbean. Since 2015, it has been officially recognised as one of the New7Wonders Cities. It’s located on the northern coast of the island and is just south of Florida. Due to its tropical climate, Havana is a destination that is ideal to visit all year round.
The historic centre, Old Havana, is a Unesco World Heritage Site and is formed by charming little streets, overhanging balconies and children playing and running around. Since the boom of tourism, particularly in the past 10 years, many parts of Old Havana have been under renovation. In my photos you can see the contrast between the old run down parts of the city and the cleaner renovated areas.
What I liked the most about Havana were the people as they are always happy with smiles on their faces, especially the children. It goes to show that we don’t need much in life to be happy and that we should consider ourselves lucky with the multiple opportunities and choices that are open to us. Music and dance is one of the Cubans main sources of happiness and this is reflected throughout the city.
I’m sure that a lot has changed in Havana since I went in 2009 but I would advise anyone who hasn’t been yet to go before things do drastically change. I guess that one day, the beautiful old American cars and the yellow coco-taxis will no longer exist and that there will be big chains of hotels, restaurants and cafes making Havana loose the charm it once had…
Despite being next to the sea, you will have to go a bit further for the beautiful beaches on the island. Think of Varadero, Guardalavaca, Playa Pilar, Playa Ancón, Playa Sirena, and Cayo Levisa which all offer fine white sand beaches, crystal clear turquoise water and an abundance of palm trees... Read more
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English and French wanderer. Based in Paris. Tasting the world through one escape to another...