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Havana

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

A mythical city and a mixture of European and Caribbean cultures, Havana is synonymous with old American cars, the column-propped houses and villas, and a 'step back in time' atmosphere...Havana simply cannot be summed up in one sentence!

To see

Take a simple stroll around Havana's streets, especially the areas of the old town Havana Vieja where you will discover all of the city's delights. The buildings, although dilapidated, retain their charm. Also visit the many churches and monasteries.

To do

Wander around in the evenings and enjoy the swing of the salsa music coming from the city's many bars. Live like the locals and take a walk at sunset along the Malecon. Stroll along La Rampa, supposedly 'the Champs Elysées' of Havana.

pros

  • +   The charm of the colonial city
  • +   The hospitality of the locals
  • +   Excellent service almost everywhere
  • +   An unparalleled 1930s feel

cons

  • -   The sweltering heat in the summer
  • -   The marks left by the embargo

To think about

Remember to avoid the cyclone season (October - November). Bring along light clothing and lots of sunscreen.

To avoid

Avoid making negative or critical comments about Fidel Castro, or ask their opinion on the political regime; this may make Cubans feel uncomfortable.

To try

Cuban cuisine is quite simple and not diverse. Chicken and rice are its main staples. It is common for potatoes, fried bananas and yams to be served with the main meal. Make it your mission to taste the local lobster!

To bring back

Of course, Cuban rum is excellent, as are the cigars. The local shirts, known as guayabera and straw hats guajiro are also a good buy. As for the music, you will find many recordings by local artists.

Weather Havana

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Havana . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Havana so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Havana , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Weather August
Overall rating 50/100
  • Temperature indicators 62% Very hot

    The maximum temperature is <24°, temperature felt between 33°C and 36°C.

  • Bad weather indicators 6% Heavy rain

    Heavy rain - averaging over 4.5mm per day.

  • Sunbathing indicators 36% Cloudy

    Overcast 60% to 80% cloud cover.

  • Swimming indicators 86% Very pleasant / Optimal

    High air temperature (>24°C), high sea temperature (>24°C), light to moderate winds (between 7 mph and 12 mph).

  • Wind indicators 72% Light warm breeze

    Near optimal comfort: moderate to light winds (between 6 mph and 7 mph) in a warm enviromnment (>24°C).

  • Humidity indicators 64% Normal

    Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.

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