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“Walking back in time”
Review of Old Havana

Old Havana
Ranked #1 of 272 things to do in Havana
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Bohemian, rhythmically Latin, certainly picturesque and, above all, charming.
Reviewed 8 February 2013

I loved the architecture of old Havana, and I really enjoyed coming upon so many small squares or plazas here and there, and seeing so many cars from the 1950's in pristine condition, which really does make you feel like you have returned to that era. The plazas and cobblestone walkways do feel like old Europe, and surely the Spanish colonial influence is still there in parts. Unfortunately, I was dismayed by how many of the beautiful old buildings had fallen into disrepair, as though there was no pride or thought to preserve. I realize the Cuban's ability to preserve would have to do with their ability to acquire construction materials (which I heard was scarce and expensive). Still worth exploring but be prepared to also see a lot of run down areas.

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Reviewed 7 February 2013

Think French Quarter without neon, sleeze and dirt! Try to stay in this area. Walk everywhere. Its safe.

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Reviewed 7 February 2013

Havana is a great place to walk around and enjoy all the sights of the old city. From the Capitol Building to the Cathedral Plaza it was all easy to find your way around. We took a 1/2 day tour which ended with a walk through the old town, it was great

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Reviewed 6 February 2013

Beautiful buildings, very colourful - some in better condition than others! But that's what is so great about Havana. I'd recommend an open-top bus journey first to get your bearings and then walk back to the bits you liked. Very dark at night, there's not much lighting in Cuba so watch your step as there are a lot of potholes. A city full of charm, although I feel that 3 days was enough to explore it.

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Reviewed 6 February 2013

we loved old Havana. We were happy to have the full tourist experience and enjoyed a horsedrawn buggy tour to start with. We really didn't mind all the tourist traps to get some pesos from us like stopping at a bar for a mojito and cigar and music because it was all done with such humour and fun. And the prices are so low comparatively that it's hard to begrudge a few pesos for some happy live music. We loved the art in the city. We loved the history and the liveliness and the cars and the people and the food. It was everything we'd hoped for and more. We spent most of our time just walking around randomly and looking at things. We were lucky enough to find things like the car museum, the museum of natural history, the Art museum, a live art studio, a wonderful shop with handmade leather bags, some beautiful cafes and squares etc etc. Really, a fun holiday destination for everyone.

Thank Kyla B
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