The capital city of Cuba, Havana, is the largest city on the island, with more than two million residents. It’s also a popular tourist spot, especially among Canadians, with than one million tourists visiting annually, and this number is expect to grow significantly after the recent agreement between the US and Cuban governments.
Located on the northern coast of Cuba, just south of the Florida Keys and at the point where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Atlantic Ocean, Havana is also known as a popular destination for medical tourism, as people come from around the world to get affordable medical care and surgery.
Havana is very much a city divided. In total, it has 15 boroughs and three main regions: Old Havana, Vedado and the newer, suburban districts. Regardless of which areas of Havana you plan to visit, Blue Cross travel insurance allows you to travel with confidence.
Tourist attractions in Havana
Havana is known for its history, unique culture and stunning architecture. No trip is complete without visiting La Habana Vieja, the best-preserved colonial Spanish complex in the Americas, and the Capitolio Nacional, the former seat of the Cuban government. Other attractions you should consider include the Malecón, cigar factories and rum distilleries, Morro Castle, Plaza de la Revolución, Museum of the Revolution and Necropolis Cristóbal Colón.
The city is also known as a prime festival location, hosting the Havana Film Festival (the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema), International Ballet Festival of Havana and Havana International Jazz Festival – all popular with locals and tourists alike.
Travel tips for Havana
Exploring the city is one of the most attractive features. The unique culture, friendly locals and famous nightlife provide you with an experience you can find only in Havana. Be sure to check out singers and musicians performing in Plaza de la Catedral, walk the streets of Old Havana, and have an ice cream at the famous Coppelia ice cream parlour.
To avoid putting a damper on your trip, keep in mind that the best time of the year to travel is from December to April. There is little rain, and the temperature is comfortable; the temperature ranges from 22°C in January to as high as 28°C in August. The heaviest rainfall occurs in June and October, and although hurricanes do hit the island, they are less frequent in Havana in particular.
Don’t forget travel insurance for your Havana vacation
You can never be too careful, especially when travelling to a potentially unstable country like Cuba. Whether you are visiting family, or are on vacation or business, Blue Cross offers an extensive list of family travel insurance, vacation travel insurance and business trip travel insurance. We have personalized travel insurance options for all travellers. Contact us and get a free travel insurance quote today!