45 Pictures of Havana, Cuba to Inspire Your Visit
Cuba is a photographer’s dream. Grand dilapidated European architecture.. charming locals engaging in daily life at all hours of the day.. vintage cars from the 50’s that look brand new – every moment was just waiting to be captured on camera.
I visited 3 cities in Cuba: Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba in a one week trip but took the majority of these photos in Havana. The other two cities are much smaller coastal towns and lacked the classic Spanish architecture that Havana boasts (you know, the tall skinny double doors and beautiful archways). We started by sailing all the way east to Santiago and gradually sailed westward to end our journey at Havana, saving the best city for last.
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The First Thing You Notice About Havana
is the architecture and light. Havana boasts grand apartments like Madrid and is bathed in magical hazy light of Paris. The disrepair and peeling paint emphasize the effects of the American embargo but don’t take away from the magnificence of these classical buildings.
I love photographing interiors and architecture, so here are a couple shots of beautiful doors and archways around Havana, Cuba.
Fancy A Virtual Walking Tour?
Havana has four main squares that are easily walked in a loop. Think 30 minutes direct walking end to end, but if you’re anything like me, you’ll linger in each square to walk through the archways, pop into a streetside cafe for a cafe au lait or stop by the magnificent Cathedral to listen in on Sunday mass.
Here are some photos from each of Havana’s main squares: Plaza Vieja (old square), Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza de San Francisco and Plaza de Armas:
Where to Eat in Cuba
After all that walking, I’m sure you’ve worked up an appetite. Should you dine at a casa particular or a regular restaurant (which are all government run)? It’s up to you but know that the most typical meal served to tourists is Beef or Lobster. I tried a variety of restaurants during my visit and here are some interior design shots of the beautiful restaurants.
Pick A Car, Any Car
the older, the better. Cuba is widely known for its vintage cars and you’ll find the largest selection and most pristine vintage models in Havana. I snapped cars parked standing still, cars available for rent and cars barreling down the street and still can’t get enough of the ‘classic car’ shot!
Take a Ride Down the Malecón
and zip around the main historical and cultural sights. You can rent a car by the hour (anywhere from 35 – 50) or for the day. I recommend renting on the spot when you see a car color or model that you like. The fancier the car, the more in demand and pricier it will be.
Definitely ride along the Malecón, the long highway through the beach which then loops through National Theater and political buildings. Havana can be seen from the passenger seat in one large loop. Don’t forget to stop for some cultural visits! In particular, I loved seeing Revolution Square, the Capital building, National Theater and Museum of the Revolution.
Here’s more advice on getting around and Cuba travel tips.
Take One Last Look
at this colorful, beautiful city before heading home. Other notable points of interest: party the night away at the Buena Vista social club, take in a baseball game, day trip to Ernest Hemingway’s house and more! If you fancy more photos, you can check out a couple Instagram only shots under #shershegoes_cuba (and hit follow if you aren’t already!)
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