When choosing your villa with private pool in Cuba, it’s important to know the area in which you will be staying. Havana is divided up into several neighbourhoods, each of which has its own charm and authenticity. Here are some of the most frequented districts and what they have to offer!
Perhaps the most well-known area of Havana, Havana Vieja is the historical and colonial heart of the city. Located at the eastern edge of the capital this is the district which begins around Parque Central, Paseo de Prado or the Paseo de Marti and extends to the point of the harbour. This area comprises unique colonial era properties, mansions, churches, picturesque squares and pretty parks. All of the main museums are here in addition to a wide variety of restaurants and café bars. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Havana Vieja is also incredibly easy to explore on foot so you are unlikely to miss any of the side streets and buildings which make this area one of the most popular locations for Havana accommodation.
The neighbourhood of Vedado begins at the Hotel Nacional and heads southwards to the Plaza de la Revolucion and west to the river. This area, predominantly a business district, is home to many middle class and exclusive mansion houses. As the centre of Havana and Havana Vieja began to grow people moved a little further out of the centre and Vedado was formed. The main street is La Rampa, it is here many of the main hotels in Havana are situated. The Plaza de la Revolucion sits on the south side as does the National Library, theatre and many of the government agencies.
An upmarket residential area to the west of Vedado close to the river. Cuba’s embassies and diplomatic residencies are located here and you can see many of the Batista era mansions in addition to neo-classical structures.
Playas del Este and Habana del Este
Habana del Este, as the name suggests sits on the eastern side of the harbour, the area is synonymous with working and industrial complexes. However, travel approximately six miles further and you will reach beautiful Playas del Este (the eastern beaches) which is home to 9 miles of soft, white sand leading into the turquoise blue Caribbean Sea.
This area has an air of old Cuba about it, with shabby, once vibrant buildings, the Malecon seaside walkway sits to the north side and runs from Old Havana to Vedado. A characterful area with lots going on and close to the main city areas of the capital.
Wherever you decide to book your Cuba accommodation there is a neighbourhood which will suit your needs. Whether you prefer to be located close to the beach or right in the heart of the city, research and ask your property rental agents advice – you are sure to find a villa or rent an apartment in Havana which is perfect for you.
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