In the region of Havana
An eclectic mix of things to see!
The area around Havana contains an eclectic mix of things to see – from classy Miramar in the west to the Parque Lenin or the delightful botanical garden. Go on a discovery tour to San Francisco de Paula to Hemingway's Finca Vigía and then visit Cojimar, where you can explore various places of interest associated with the famous writer Hemingway. Boredom is a foreign word in Havana. For the ones looking for relaxation in the sun, the beaches of Playas del Este, located east of Havana, are the perfect spot to visit.
Visitors to Havana generally concentrate on La Habana Vieja, Centro, and Vedado, but there are other areas not far away that are worth visiting. Continuing westward from Vedado, you will soon come to the suburb of Miramar, which is divided from Vedado by the Río Almendares. You can cross into Miramar by tunnel, close to the bay, or farther inland by the road bridge, an extension of La Rampa (Calle 23).
The suburbs east of Havana offer a slice of life you won’t see in the city. These small towns, although they get a mention, and are worth a visit, will not be high on most visitors’ lists. Directly across the bay of Havana - accessible by ferry, the Cubas small Rio de Janeiro, Casablanca, can be found. The famous Christ statue, which can be seen from a distance is also located here. Continuing by ferry one reaches Regla popular for its beautiful colonial center and the church Nuestra Señora de Regla. For the ones interested in Afro-Cuban Santeria a visit to Guanabacoa is highly recommended. Spiritism is particularly widespread in this community.
Beyond the surroundings of Havana, there are two sight-seeing trips to the West. A day trip to the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Las Terrazas which takes you to discover the beautiful flora and fauna of Cuba. Friends of the tobacco enjoy a day trip to the Tobacco Route, heading to Pinar del Río and Viñales valley.