Just a few years ago, if you had asked anyone for the best place for a visitor to stay in Havana, they would have said the Old Town (Havana Vieja) or Habana Centro districts. Today, while these districts are still excellent choices, there are a few other options to consider, which are becoming increasingly popular with tourists. Miramar is one such neighbourhood in Havana, and it is the perfect destination to explore during your holiday in Cuba.
Miramar is one of Havana’s most opulent districts. Previously a wealthy suburb, Miramar eventually became absorbed by the city, leading to some degradation. However, the mansions of the wealthy families–which were some of the finest homes in the Caribbean–remained, and they still stand today upon what has become known locally as ‘Mansion Row’, with sprawling lawns and stunning architecture.
A Diverse District
The fates of Miramar’s mansions have been diverse and varied, with some being converted into luxury accommodations in Havana, others being transformed into embassies, and some now in a state of disrepair. Some say that this is the Cuba they remember from the 1950s and 1960s, and that there is a definite sort of romance in the area, highlighting the nation’s heyday and keeping it alive.
Great for Families
If you’re looking for a family villa in Havana, be sure to consider accommodations in Miramar. With wide, spacious, tree-lined avenues and fewer crowds compared to central Havana, Miramar may be a much easier place to visit with young children, especially if you’ve got a buggy to navigate around the streets. The kids will love looking at the mansions, too, which appear like fairy-tale castles! Upscale living with a truly international vibe? There’s no better way to spend your family holiday in Cuba!
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