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Vacationing in Cuba may be one of the most affordable trips many experience in their lives.
Food, drinks, accommodations and flights are cheap. It’s very easy to vacation comfortably on $50 a day in Cuba, but that doesn’t mean you should pass up free activities.
Here’s a breakdown of the top 5 best free activities in Havana, Cuba:
Stroll along the Malecon
The Malecon is a walkway and seawall that stretches fives miles from Old Havana to the Vedado neighborhood.
And while the stroll is a nice one in the daytime, it gets a lot better in the nighttime. Lovers walk hand-in-hand. Families and friends get together to gossip, debate, play music and drink rum. It is a meeting place for the community and tourists alike.
I couldn’t tell you how many shots of rum we were offered on our trip. Everyone was incredibly welcoming and always asking questions about where you’re from.
Explore Old Havana
Old Havana -- or Habana Vieja -- is a place locked in time. The architecture, open-air markets, food vendors, musicians and historical churches and buildings make Old Havana one of the most unique places on Earth.
We spent DAYS just walking around Old Havana, taking in the sights, sounds and smells.
Must sees include the Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza de Armes, Plaza de San Francisco and the Obispo.
Expert tip: While there are a number of museums in Old Havana, don’t forget, most Cuban museum exhibits are in Spanish with no translation.
Check out the old cars
One of the most recognizable symbols of Havana is an old American car.
And although you might think they are few and far between, old American cars are EVERYWHERE. Think of it like this, old American cars are as prevalent in Havana as taxis are in New York City. About one in every three cars is an American classic.
While taking a ride in one of these beauties will set you back anywhere from $30 to $50, looking at them is free. Grab some food along the Paseo del Marti (in front of Parque Central) and watch them drive by.
Take in the sights along the Paseo del Prado
The prado is a walkway and dividing line between between Centro Habana and Old Havana.
It is one of the most enjoyable activities we experienced in Havana. Aside from the overhanging trees offering a respite from the beating sun, the prado also gives you a chance to see the different architecture between the two neighborhoods. It also gives you a chance to meet some locals, all of whom enjoy the prado throughout the day.
Explore Ernest Hemingway’s favorite haunts
American Author Ernest Hemingway was not only known for his incredible writing but also for his incredible drinking skills.
Luckily a lot of his favorite watering holes are still around to check out and buy a drink in. Here’s a few of the best the check out:
Bodeguita del medio
Ambos Mundo Hotel
Is there anything I missed? Let me know in the comment section!
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