Your 2017 Guide for Top 10 Things To Do in Havana Cuba

Hi! We’re Candy and Crystal. We’re sisters who grew up as military brats and spent the first half of our lives in Japan. The majority of our family resides in Japan, but we ventured out and have spent the second half of our lives mainly in the United States. We both love traveling and have always documented our travels, so we decided it was time to share our travel experiences with the rest of the world.

When we arrived at our Airbnb in Old Havana, we were so stoked that we scored the best location. It was walking distance to everything we wanted to see and do. We had 48 hours in Cuba and these were our top 10 favorite things to do in Havana.

1. Hotel Ambos Mundos

Located in the heart of Old Havana, this is the hotel where Ernest Hemingway lived for five years. His room was on the 5th floor (room 511) and you can even see the exact room he stayed in. Unfortunately, it was closed when we went so we didn't get to see it. The cost to see his room was 2 CUC (~$2). The rooftop is also a great place to get a great view of the city; however, we don't recommend getting the mojitos here. We had better tasting mojitos at Cafe Habana.

Front entrance to Hotel Ambos Mundos

Front entrance to Hotel Ambos Mundos

Room 511 - Ernest Hemingway's room

Room 511 - Ernest Hemingway's room

2. Cafe Habana

This cafe was located right next to our Airbnb. It's quite modern compared to the other cafes in the area and we had the best Mojitos and Cuba Libres here. In the mornings (they opened at 9AM), we had their delicious cappuccinos here as well. They also have a small food menu with sandwiches, hamburgers and salads. The alcoholic drinks were 3 CUC (~$3) and the cappuccino was about 2.50 CUC (~$2.50). Another thing we liked to do at this bar was people watch. We even saw a couple of fun parades pass through. We pretty much went to this cafe every day.

Cafe Habana - on the corner of Amagura and Mercaderes

Cafe Habana - on the corner of Amagura and Mercaderes

Great place for cocktails and coffee

Great place for cocktails and coffee

3. Cigar Shop at Hotel Conde de Villanueva

Inside this 18th-century historic hotel is one of the best cigar shops in