Havana is the largest and most vibrant city in the Caribbean. Founded in 1514, it has some of the finest colonial architecture in the Americas. At its heart lies beautiful Habana Vieja, the original walled town which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Old Havana’s cobbled streets are bursting with churches, palaces, museums and galleries to explore.
Any Cuban journey must start in Havana. Once fortified against the threat of pirates and colonial rivals, the seductive city has risen from the ashes with the painstaking restoration work of city architect Eusebio Leal. Cobbled streets lead to now immaculately polished Baroque churches, castles and palaces. Along the seafront of Havana, the malecón, the strains of salsa waft from the rebooted sound systems of vintage Cadillacs and Buicks, and the facades of grandiose seafront buildings are being slowly resurrected.
Street life in Havana is key: on-the-ground socialising is the top Cuban pastime, whether that's domino playing, gossiping, or arguing loudly about baseball, so from the Havana belles to the beauteous buildings, there is always something to captivate. There are realms of museums and cultural spaces, and you can enjoy virtuoso ballet, Afro Cuban dance, flamenco and jazz. After years of boredom on the restaurant scene, a panoply of new private restaurants, paladares, are pushing the envelope as the government loosens the laws governing small business start-ups. The nightlife is exuberant: think alfresco salsa clubs, plentiful live music venues and troubadour sessions. Just outside town, Las Playas del Este offers a sneak preview of Cuba's legendary turquoise water-and-white-sand beaches.
At Scott Dunn, we are specialists in bringing this unique country to life, using a selection of characterful hotels, the best ground handlers and expert guides and can give you the top restaurant picks. Providing a range of truly memorable experiences, we will craft an itinerary that is second to none.