Things to do in Havana, Ciudad de la Habana Province: The Best Nature & Parks

May 22, 2022 Alice Mieles

A city trapped in time, Havana captures the imagination like no other. Faded glamour meets careful colonial-era reconstruction with a backdrop of irresistible color. Walk El Malecón, the walkway bordering the ocean; visit Old Havana and the Catedral de San Cristóbal; and listen for salsa music, open-air bazaars and parties that last all night.
Restaurants in Havana

1. CicloCuba

San Pedro # 258, Havana 10100 Cuba +53 7 8662559 [email protected] http://www.ciclocuba.com
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5.0 based on 28 reviews

CicloCuba

CicloCuba, is a bicycle rental company in Havana, Cuba. We offer high quality equipment for your bike trip. Our bikes are ready for long cycle tours. We are open from Mondays to Fridays. Saturdays we work only by appointment.

Reviewed By robertofN4538UQ - Lucerne, Switzerland

... and the third time I got a bike from Abel and his mechanic: never change a winning team! The bike was in mint condition which allowed me to enjoy 10-day-trip without any problems. I was also thankful for Abel's helpful tips: thanks to his comments or advice I discovered "la Boca", a much nicer and authentic place than Trinidad indeed. Muchas gracias

2. Monte Barreto Ecological Park

Calle 70, Havana Cuba
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5.0 based on 1 reviews

Monte Barreto Ecological Park

3. Mar Azul Playa

Havana Cuba
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5.0 based on 5 reviews

Mar Azul Playa

4. Playas de Este

East of Havana, Havana Cuba
Excellent
52%
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4.5 based on 2,440 reviews

Playas de Este

A famed Cuban beach ideal for lying out in the sun.

Reviewed By JustJulieNYC - New York City, United States

Took a 25 min private taxi driver to Playa Santa Maria. 6CUC for 2 chaises and an umbrella. Many vendors but none offensive and all respectful. Sand is fine powder... water so blue.

5. Central Park

267 Agramonte, Havana Cuba
Excellent
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4.5 based on 527 reviews

Central Park

Reviewed By s1rw - Markham, Canada

Our tour guide Mira announced that she was going to take us to her favorite place in Havana. It was getting dark walking from Revolution square to Central Park. I was very impressed with the beauty and architecture of the Gran Teatro de La Habana theater, home of the Cuban National ballet, El Capitolio, the National Capitol Building and the marble statue of Jose Marti. From the Central Square one has a good advantage of the surrounding areas. I agreed with Mira that her favorite place was more reason to visit Havana again.

6. Jardin Botanico Nacional

Carretera El Rocio km 3 1/2, Havana Cuba +53 5 2120440 [email protected] http://www.jardinbotanico.co.cu
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11%
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4.5 based on 89 reviews

Jardin Botanico Nacional

Reviewed By Hemuuulen

Great green oasis in the middle of Havana if you love flowers, trees, and animals. Ticket includes guided tour which was great. We saw humming birds, lizards etc. Well worth a visit!

7. Santa Maria del Mar

Avenida Aventura, Havana Cuba
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4.5 based on 534 reviews

Santa Maria del Mar

Reviewed By DianaR634 - New York City, United States

I’ve been to this beach 4 times. During June, Feb and recently in August (twice). Coming from NY it’s a really nice beach. I’ve shared a cab and have also taken the tourist bus. Both leaving from the Plaza in front of the Hotel Inglaterra. The bus is 5 CUC round trip and drips you off at 3 different points. I recommend not getting off at the first stop if u intend on coming home later in the day if taking the bus. Only reason is that this is the last pickup on the bus if heading back to Havana and the bus may be filled before they get to you. So you may have to wait for a few buses before being picked up. The bus picks up till 7. If you take a cab many will set up a pick up time and spot to pick you up. Don’t worry they are very reliable. If it’s your first time I would suggest the Tropicoco stop. This stop has kayak rentals and also have rental lounge chairs and umbrellas (they all do) but this one even in the slow season has food service. So u can order drinks and food. I’ve had the fish. It’s always very good. There are also musical bands that pass by and will play music if u pay. Beach is clean, pretty clear and relaxing. If you are in Havana I suggest one day at the beach.

8. Parque de la Fraternidad

Paseo de Marti, Havana Cuba +53 7 8333755
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

Parque de la Fraternidad

Reviewed By MTMusings - Santa Barbara, United States

Who was Fidel Castro's hero? The answer is simple: Jose Marti, whose picture and statue is everywhere in Cuba, including 200m from this park. Who was Jose Marti's hero? Also simple: Carlos de Cespedes, a Cuban writer and revolutionary hero, a former wealthy plantation owner who freed his slaves in 1968 and started the Ten Years war against Spain. In 1869 he became President of the Republic of Cuba. The Spanish deposed him and killed him in 1873. Um so what? Well who was Carlos Cespedes' hero? What caused a wealthy plantation owner to free his slaves and take up arms against Spain? According to Fidel Castro, the answer was Abraham Lincoln. So far as I know, there is only one monument to Lincoln in Havana (or maybe in all of Cuba, not sure). It is in this park, easy to visit, and next to the vaunted Ceiba tree, which is said to bring luck to those who walk around it three times. Cespedes, Marti, Castro. Castro saw himself in their tradition, which is why the only mass-produced photos of Castro you usually see in Cuba are the ones showing silhouettes of the three men and the phrase "Una Sola Revolution" ("One Revolution"). Personally, I wish they would put Lincoln on the sign and adhere to his ideas about human liberty, but maybe someday... BTW, again according to Castro in his oral biography, Lincoln was so popular, that a significant portion of Cubans wanted to make Cuba a state of the US. Unfortunately for these folks, Cuba was so popular with Confederate slaveowners that a large number of them gave up their plantations in the US and moved to Cuba, where slavery remained legal until 1886. All worth thinking about when you visit the Lincoln statue.

9. Parque La Maestranza

Havana Cuba
Excellent
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4.0 based on 25 reviews

Parque La Maestranza

10. Park Lenin

Carretera A Bejucal, Havana 11300 Cuba
Excellent
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4.0 based on 23 reviews

Park Lenin

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