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"Beautiful, ruined, and sexiest place on this earth."

Callejon de Hamel, Parque Maceo, San Rafael a pedestrian street, Casa de la Musica, Teatro America, the Chinese quarter aka Barrio Chino, the Malecon, Studio Egrem (Buena Vista Social Club). 700 casas particulares Paseo del Prado, Capitolio, Parque Central

Miramar its beeg hotels and Acuario Nacional; Centro de Convenciones; beach and pools of Club Habana, 100 embassies, Marina Hemingway and two big parks : Parque Almendares, Bosque Metropolitano,.

Habana Libre + Nacional, Yara, Coppelia, Universidad ]Plaza de la Revolución, Zoo, Viazul]Esquina 23 y L, Cinemateca, Cementerio Colon. Bars, parks, paladars, UNEAC, Malecon, Casa de las Americas, beisbol stadium

Obispo the pedestrian, the port, 30 museums including Museo de Bellas Artes & Museo de la Revolucion + 15 small chic hotels, main train station, Bodeguita del Medio, Floridita, its 5 plazas, Edificio Bacardi, Capitolio, Prado & Parque Central, ferry to Regla

{ FLIGHT ARRIVALS TODAY }
Carpe Diem expressed by this lovely bunch of jovenes
Carpe Diem expressed by this lovely bunch of jovenes riding on a Centro street © unk, havanatimes.org 5th annual photo contest

TRAVEL BY BUS THE OTHER WAY
The Conectando Cuba service makes it easier for travelers staying in casas to move around - avoiding having to wait in crowded Viazul terminals. The bus service is run by Transtur : you can't book ahead, just have to show up at the departure point - hotel, resort, airport. 14-page Sked & Rates here.

HMMMM..., BOTOX INJECTION
"Today, you can get your iPhone unlocked, your navel pierced, Botox injections and many more services we never dreamed of a decade ago. " Conner Gorry knows best — Here

BIKE REPAIRS & + BIKE TOURS
• Taller Velo
located on the northwest corner, behind the Coppelia ice cream parlour, calle 21, No. 160, e/L y K. - "With a one-day notice, they rented us two Canadian-made bikes for three weeks, which we used without problems on 500 km of city streets and country roads". Cel. 52 82 51 48, landline (7) 836-8820 E-mail @ Sources : estomecuadra + stefan-loose • CubaRuta calle 16 No. 152 esquina (corner) 13 in Vedado. Cel. 52 47 66 33 Ellie (speaks Ingles) handles the 14cuc bike tour. cubarutabikes.com @
CA$H — Banco Metropolitano (some with ATM's) branches La Habana - in April 2016, there are 400 ATM's in Havana alone List here
MAP — From the Yara Ciné to the Bacardi
Habana Centro + Vedado to Vieja —
Wide
MAP — West to East along coast — Here
THE WHOLE CAPITAL IN A SNAP
Greater Habana 30 km x 35 km — Wide
10 THINGS TO DO DOWNTOWN
Top Sights, as suggested by Lonely Planet readersHere
1000+ HAVANA PHOTOS Panoramio — Here
NEW CUBAN ECONOMY - Miami Herald 14.12.14
CARS BUS FLIGHTS TRAINS
See "Touring Cuba" Menu above or here.
Watercolor by Flotaing Rabbit
Hanging on the balcony in Centro, they'll be dry in no time. © Floating Rabbit

YOGA CLASSES FINDER Here.
THE STORY OF YOGA IN CUBA Here.
Winner 2015 havanatimes.org Photo Contest
A girl shares her ice cream with a friend and classmate during a school outing in Old Havana. © Alfonso Aguilar, México for the 2015 havanatimes.org Photo Contest

GO WEST : HILLS, VALLEYS & CAYOS
Road map to Soroa, Las Terrazas, Cayo Jutias, Cayo Levisa, Cabo San Antonio, Maria La Gorda — Here
GO EAST, TO THE BEACHES
The famous beaches at Playas del Este await where most Habaneros flock in summer— Here in Guanabo
YOU MUS GO BY BUS, GUS
Conectando Cuba by Transtur
Island-wide bus skeds
Renovated Viazul web site here.
UNDERSTAND CUBA IN 480 SECONDS
Video about backyard food growing, Havana-Style in this "BEAUTIFUL, RUINED AND SEXIEST PLACE ON THIS EARTH" - the BBC's Monty Don Here
GET YOUR FIX - WI-FI HOTSPOTS

Since July 2015, tourists and Cubans alike can purchase a scratchcard for laptops, smartphones and tablets for a wi-fi connection to be made in public parks and pedestrian streets. For 2 cucs per hour, available from Etecsa (Nauta, Telepunto, etc) offices in all major towns. Most wifi spots here.
[Card is 3cuc from scalpers who hang around spots or near the long waiting lines at Etecsa offices.] By July 2016, some 11 million mobile Internet accounts had been sold in Cuba. © Juan Suarez, havanatimes.org

SEE VIDEO PREVIEW - SUGAR = COCAINE
Fidel The Lost Interview by
Clark Hewitt Galloway in Havana in 1959 | No need to run, check out our list of WHAT'S ON Havana web pages. Look up this page and right.

MARIELA CASTRO IN RED LIGHT
Visiting Amsterdam's Red Light District as director of CENESEX, Fidel's niece talks about prostitution on the Havana Malecon and says that although the Dutch experience is not without fault, it has improved sex workers' rights © Radio Netherlands Worldwide — YouTube here. In Spanish.

havana-nostalgia-is-a-dangerous-business
GAY TOUR GUIDE + SPOTS
English-speaking Cuban University student offers tours : "This is not an escort service (...) my parents would kill me."Yunior's page here.
Gay spots listed in What's On - May 2014 [PDF Here]
CANADIAN CULTURE FAQ
How to organize an art event, make a donation, an internship or studies. Check it out here, eh ?
URBAN FARMING EXPERTISE
Who can I contact about urban farming in Cuba ? Answer on this havanatimes.org column here
IN AND AROUND THE CAPITAL
See, do, know, find, enjoy - Notes from Moon
HOW CUBA SURVIVED PEAK OIL
A revealing 53-minute video [here] about the eco agriculture advances of Cuba. "Cubans all work with a common goal, collectively making strategic decisions. "
300,000 CUENTAPROPISTAS NYT
DOING ISA ON SKATES, MATES
VISIT THE FAMOUS ART SCHOOL - SKATING 190816220
Instituto Superior de Artes, one of the architectural marvels of the Americas is the main reason Cuba produces so many talented artists. Javier and friends are trying to raise funds and awareness to support a 5-part video project © Alas Skate Corps

No one should pretend
“No one should pretend that the people of this noble and selfless country will renounce its glory and its rights,” Fidel Castro wrote. “We are capable of producing the food and material wealth that we need with the work and intelligence of our people.”

BEISBOL CUBANO HALL OF FAME HERE
2015-2016 BASEBALL SCHEDULE HERE
SANTERIA REVEALED by Lydia Bell
THE CANADIAN EMBASSY IS HERE
CITY BIKE TOUR 3 hours, 29CUC HERE
NOT A MARKET-BASED ECONOMY HERE
ONE MARIELA, TWO QUOTES HERE
Niece of Fidel, Mariela is the daughter of Raul and Sierra Maestra combatiente Vilma Espin, she is GM of Cenesex — the sex information institution; site. "Her accomplishments are nothing short of remarkable."
Another point of view — from Cuban gays here. A Cuban first, a Law protecting rights of LBGT was adopted on December 23, 2013. Link.

1,000,000 PEACE & MUSIC LOVERS ...
One million music and peace aficionados
... overflowed the Plaza de la Revolucion for the Paz sin Fronteras concert on September 21 2009 : Silvio Rodríguez and Los Van Van, Porto Rican merengue star Olga Tañon, Spanish crooner Miguel Bosé, New York latin-funk group Yerba Buena and hip-hop trio Orishas among others. Video excerpt on click.

MAIN AREAS
Habana Vieja (Plaza de Armas, Plaza Vieja, Plaza San Francisco), Centro Habana (Barrio Chino, Capitolio, Malecon, Prado), Vedado (Cementerio de Colon, La Rampa, Malecon, Nuevo Vedado, Plaza de la Revolución) and west, beyond the Almendares river Miramar/Playa (Convention Centre, Marina Hemingway, Atabey, Barlovento, Bélen, Buenavista, Cubanacán, Flores, Kohly, Nautico, Siboney).

OTHER MUNICIPIOS & REPARTOS
East of town, across the bay : Regla, Casablanca, Cojímar, Guanabacoa, Habana del Este (Alamar, Antonio Guiteras, Celimar, Ciudad Panamericano, Tarará) ; Further east : Playas del Este (Boca Ciega, El Megano, Guanabo, Santa Maria del Mar, Santa Maria Loma) ; West, across the Almendares river : Marianao (Ciudad Libertad, La Paz, Pogolotti, Zamora) ; South : Parque Lenin (Arroyo Naranjo, Boyeros, Calabazar, El Globo, Fontanar, and José Marti airport in Rancho Boyeros) including the Botanical Gardens (Jardin Botanico Celia Sanchez Manduley), neighbouring Parque Lenin as well as Parque Zoologico and Expo Cuba (Trade Fairgrounds) See our page here.

DISTANCIAS — HAVANA IS BEEG
Aeropuerto José Martí, 15 km
Alamar, 15

Artemisa, 60 Road map
Cojimar, 10 — Our section here
Las Terrazas, 40 Road map — Our page here
Mariel, 45 Road map
Playa Baracoa, 27 — Our section here
Playas del Este, Guanabo, 25 — Our page here
San Antonio de Los Baños, 35
San José de Las Lajas, 35
Santa Maria del Rosario, 19
Soroa, 65 Road map — Our page here
Surgidero de Batabanó, 56 (ferry to Isla de la Juventud, Isle of Youth, Isle of Pines - Nueva Gerona) Island road map — Our page here



Dancing to the beat of a world on the edge. Things Cuban on our tumblr blog, como no ! sogestour

"CUBA'S MONEY NOT SPENT ON INFRASTRUCTURE BUT ON HUMAN RESOURCES"

Puerto Rican photographer Omar Robles captured the raw strength of the world-famous Cuban ballerinas against the backdrop of Havana streets. Link to NYT
WHAT'S ON ::: WHEN ::: LINKS
::: Artists' Agenda - Havana Cultura > Here
::: Architecture in Havana and Cuba > Here
::: Musicians recording in Havana > youtube
::: Cultural events in the capital > La Jiribilla
::: Stage & other escenas > Cuba Escena
::: Movies Popular + Main venues > Cartelera
::: Health Conventions >cuba.cu
::: What's On, Coming Week > SuenaCubano
::: What's On from cuba-absolutely > Here
::: Plastic Arts National Council > Here
::: Literature Portal - Cuba Literaria > Here
::: Writers and Artists' Union > UNEAC
::: Art and culture worldwide > CubanArtNews

RECYCLED AND ORGANIC
Urban farming plots are part of the Habana lifestyle
Sustainable farming model in a gas-driven world : "the food is diverse and completely sustainable. Everything is recycled and organic". Click photo for pulitzercenter.org article © SteveYYZ, photobucket

IT AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN OVERNIGHT

Raul Castro speaking to (reassuring?) the Asamblea Nacional del Poder Popular on December 20 2014

MORE THAN RHUM AND BEER

The new economy has brought out entrepreneurs and wine makers : these sweet wines sell in Cuban pesos, for 39cup ($1.75) to a whopping 45cup ($2) a bottle
but drink a whole bottle and you're sure to get a $10 headache © Caridad for havanatimes.org
THEY CHOOSIN' TO GO CRUISIN'

Another kind of tourism is also booming in these here parts : cruising to or 'round the island. Its most famous port is Marina Hemingway (photo). Aficionados will start by downloading this 524-page Cruising Guide. © Caridad for havanatimes.org
LET IT BE, COMO NO
let it be •|• Linda cocotaxista © sogestour
let it be [words of peace made famous by Paul McCartney — the John Lennon park is a few blocks down the same street, calle 23], one of many street art signatures and graffiti which have sprouted in Fall 2013, a Havana Times article by Isbel Diaz Torres | Linda cocotaxi driver © sogestour

ICONIC : MALECON & NACIONAL
El Malecon © Maxime Felder, wikimedia commons •|• Hotel Nacional in Vedado © sogestour
El Malecon : the long and winding seaside boulevard runs from the port in Habana Vieja all along Centro and Vedado and ends at the Almendares river where a tunnel crosses to Miramar and Playa burroughs (with the embassies and the Convention Centre) © Maxime Felder, wikimedia commons | The Nacional : was built and run by Meyer Lansky and the US mafia, supported by Hollywood and yet-to-be President Richard Nixon; today, it's Havana's landmark hotel © sogestour

ANGELES y ARTISTAS OVER HAVANA
Los angeles over Habana are watching over Parque Central from atop the Gran Teatro © sogestour ::: Painter's spots on the Prado © sogestour
Los angeles over La Habana are watching Parque Central below from above the Gran Teatro © sogestour | Painters' Prado where artists exhibit and sell their art and where impromptu tango is danced : join in !© sogestour

LESS POLLUTERS, MORE COMMUTERS
It's time to run a real transportation network of low polluters for poor commuters. photo Alper Uke, 500px.com
It's time to run a real transportation network of low polluting busses for hard-working ciudadanos who need public servicios. © Alper Uke, 500px.com

Gettin' high at Lenin © Sonia Kovacic, Havana Times

WE ARE HAPPY HERE
We're happy here, contrary to what negationists would have you believe.
« Aqui Somos Felices », we're happy here contrary to what negationistas, anticubanistas, bullshit bloggers or just plain losers would have you believe. The U.S. government spends gazillions of dollars to boost the anti-Cuba "pro-wallstreet-walmart", "poison-for-profit", "exploitative corruption" movement. Can you still think for yourself — as an individual — in a rather democratic and highly socialist state [of mind] ? photo © unk

CUBANS ARE STILL DOING IT
Cubans are still doing it ... in style
Cuban couples are still doing it, in the style and grandeur which the ceremony requires. Indeed, many jovenes Cubanos truly believe in marriage, a contract sealed by a wedding ceremony. It takes place along the Paseo de Prado in a refurbished building from 1914, a private palace consecrated exclusively by the Revolucion for use as the Palacio de los Matrimonios.

BYOM
Bocaditos en La Habana — some tourists call them ciabatta at home
Bocaditos en La Habana — some tourists call them ciabatta at home, a yummy combo of ham & cheese toasted just right - byom : bring your own mostaza © Havana Times


CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR
The old Asemblea Nacional located in the Capitolio is a sight to behold
The old Asemblea Nacional located in the Capitolio is a sight to behold, part of a walking tour of the newly-renovated building near Parque Central, the Partagas cigar factory and Habana Vieja and Habana Centro casas particulares. The 650 elected members nowadays convene in a modern building in Plaza de la Revolucion © sogestour

GUAGUA'ING AROUND • SEE MAP
Bus travel in Havana is generally a bitch
"I suggest taking at least one bus to eavesdrop and to take the pulse of the population of Habaneros quibble and kvetch." > Here is Havana


Wave Rider - on the Malecon © alper uke


René Portocarrero [1912-1985], Vista de la Ciudad de La Habana, 1970


Get outta town : muchas departures every day, eh ?


Walking from Habana Vieja to Vedado, I cross the whole of Centro in the middle of the night and I don't feel any fright of being agressed — less than in any US town. Cuba is peaceful and its citizens respect each other. Amen. Photo © havanalifeproject


Sing like no one is listening.
Love like you’ve never been hurt.
Dance like nobody’s watching,
and live like it’s heaven on earth.



HAVANA'S LARGE OPEN SPACES
Parque Lenin (645 hectares, amusement park Parque Mariposa, horse and rowboat rentals, lake, restaurants, rodeos) borders the Botanical Gardens (600 hectares, 4,000 species, 140,000 plants), the Zoological Park (500 hectares, 145,000 trees from 75 varieties) and Expo Cuba (fairgrounds on 48 hectares, 34 pavillons), Club de Golf de La Habana (18 holes (2 x 9), BBQ, restaurant, bar, swimming pool).

Parque Lenin is located 15 km south of the Plaza de la Revolucion : a 15-20cuc taxi ride; or take the 174 bus to Vibora and connect to the 88 guagua. Google Map here

HAVANA'S LARGE OPEN SPACES - Rodeo Drive
One of the American continent's largest city parks. — Map & Info Here

Malecon © Antonio Milena •[• Panorama : el Mar, el Malecon, el Nacional © unk
A warm night, the Malecon and lovely socios from here and a broad © Antonio Milena •]• Panorama : el Mar, el Malecon, el Nacional © sogestour
Havana Convertible © Alper Uke, 500px.com
Havana Convertible © Alper Uke, 500px.com
MONEDA NACIONAL ::: PRIVATE TAXIS ::: ALMENDRONES
"Get around in private taxis (almendrones). 6,000 choferes in Havana have applied for the freelance license; 2,000 have been granted. For 10 pesos cubanos (about 0.40 USD), you can hail endearing jalopies (Pontiacs, Capone-era Dodges and other ‘Yank tanks’) between Playa and Vedado or Habana Vieja, out to Miramar or Marianao.

"Longer routes – from Habana Vieja out to the Playas del Este (Guanabo) beaches for example – will run double (0.80 USD). To grab one, just stick out your arm parallel to the ground and ask the driver if he’s going to where you need to be.

"It helps to be on the right thoroughfare : 23 or Línea in Vedado, San Lázaro or Neptuno in Centro Habana, Avenida 31 or 41 in Playa, Calle 51 in Marianao, or 3ra Avenida in Miramar. Now they can subcontract driving duties. Drivers are now young, restless, and reckless.

I’m not the only one who lets these wild child choferes continue on their way, opting to wait for an older, more seasoned driver who cares at least for his car, if not his clients." Trip Tips by Conner Gorry — Here is Havana - Aqui


Trip Tips by Conner Gorry — Here is Havana
Bici Taxis & Almendrones - Arturo Cisneros

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BURBS & BARRIOS

EL RINCON [San Lazaro Sanctuary restaured in 2014, 26 km SW. Map]

SAN FRANCISCO DE PAULA [Museo Hemingway, 13 km SE]

GUANABACOA [Museo, Santeria HQ, Jewish Cemetery, 9 km N]

CUBANACAN [Burb within Miramar/Playa area + ISA Universidad de las Artes is on calle 120 # 1110 e/ 9 y 13 with future artists, 9 km]

SAN ANTONIO DE LOS BAÑOS [Museo del Humor + Galeria Abela + Film & TV School EICTV "one of the best in the world" + Htl Las Yagrumas, 34 km]

PROVINCIAL CAPITALS (km)
Artemisa, 60
Bayamo
, 754
Camaguey, 544
Ciego de Avila, 439
Cienfuegos, 244
Guantanamo, 946
Holguin, 749
Las Tunas, 673
Matanzas, 102
Pinar del Rio, 172
Sancti Spiritus, 364
San José de las Lajas (
Mayabeque), 35
Santa Clara
, 278
Santiago, 887
Trinidad (
SS), 335
Vinales, 205






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