National Geographic Travel unveils list of top free activities in Havana

Posted: 29-Sep-16 10:50

Highly respected magazine National Geographic Travel has shortlisted the finest attractions, sights and experiences that visitors can do in Havana. Think they'll cost a fortune? Think again. Most of the attractions are free, from the great outdoors to family fun at museums.

National Geographic Travel unveils list of top free activities in Havana

U.S. magazine National Geographic has seized on the moment by publishing a list of recommendations for visitors to one of the Caribbean’s fastest growing tourist destinations, most of which are absolutely free of charge, with the remainder costing just a matter of a few dollars – hardly amounts that are likely to break the bank, unless you’re arriving with a seriously strict budget. Moreover, the best thing is you don’t need an American passport to enjoy any of them.

Nevertheless, the run down is very much aimed at the U.S. traveller, with Washington recently having eased up on restrictions that had, for around 50 years, made passage from the States to Cuba prohibitively difficult. As a result, the number of Americans looking to visit the island is expected to increase exponentially as the next few years unfold, with a good proportion destined to spend some time in the capital.

The ideas and suggestions are broken down into different categories, each aimed at a different demographic, apart from Attractions, which covers more general options, such as Havana Cathedral, Old Havana with its original city walls, Palacio de los Capitanes Generales and its Museo de la Ciudad, along with the restored 16th Century Castillo de la Real Fuerza, which is the oldest fortress in the Americas.

Culture vultures are pointed in the direction of Merchants Street,  Calle Mercaderes, where several free-to-enter museums are located- like the Museo del Tobacco, Museo Casa de Simon Bolivar, named after a man credited as Latin America’s liberator, and Casa de Asia, where the connection between Cuba and Asian culture is celebrated.

Museo Nacional de Bellas Arts should feature high on the priorities for families thanks to under-14s having free entry, whereas those who enjoy the great outdoors are advised to head for Playas del Este, or the Eastern Beaches–a stunning, long stretch of sand that begins at Tarara, very much in the city and continues for several miles out to Guanabo.

We recommend taking a look the article, with this being one of the most useful and comprehensive selections of ideas we’ve come across in some time, not least because it concerns saving money, something that’s always a very good thing indeed. Although Cuba still ranks among the cheapest destinations within its global region, costs have increased in the last decade, although non-Americans can be grateful that they have a better chance of keeping any trip relatively cheap, with U.S. money transfers liable to a hefty transactional charge that can often hit travellers when they are least expecting it.


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