Fly To Havana, Cuba
When you think of Havana you can forgive your mind for being flooded with thoughts of Latino charm, the rich aroma of cigar smoke, salsa and the iconic portrait of Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara. Located just a stone throws from Florida’s (U.S.A) coastline, Cuba’s history has meant that visitors are only a recent sighting in this beautiful city, and therefore the greater city remains largely unexplored by overseas guests.
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Despite its past Havana has clung valiantly to its roots and parts of the city remain in the grip of an endearing, 1950’s pre-embargo time warp. The roads that connect Havana provide an interesting insight into the country, and it’s not uncommon to see a 1950’s American car roll passed powered by Soviet engineered spare parts.
Of course Cuba’s Latin American influence and charm is one of its greatest attractions, and the city is the perfect place for those who like to party all night. Think Salsa, Cigars and some of the friendliest people in the world, night life in Havana is an extroverted affair and needs to be seen to be believed.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders do require a Visa to enter Cuba. You must be able to show the Consulate that you have enough funds to support your stay when applying for a Cuban Travel Visa. Ensure your passport has at least 6 months remaining on it from your return date.
- The South African Embassy in Cuba is located in Havana: Ave 5ta, No 4201, esq 32, Miramar Playa, Ciudad de La Habana. Phone: +537 204 9671.
See and do
Cuba’s tropical climate makes it a pleasant destination all year round, and the warm sea lends itself to a day spent at one of the nearby beaches such as Playa del Este.
But at the end of the day its Cuba and Havana is most famous for its cigars and not its weather and beaches. So make time to visit Partagas Cigar Factory. Their guided tours at the working factory provide a great insight into the cigar making process and you can purchase cigars at the end of the tour.
The Plaza de la Revolucion is Cuba’s most iconic and central square and is a must for any visitor. The square has a statue of Jose Marti, as well as a large mural of the world’s most famous revolutionary Che Guevara.
One of Cuba’s newest attractions is the Castillo de la Real Fuerza, a former fortress which has been re invented as Cuba’s maritime museum. The museum houses a replica ship, as well as many interactive exhibits. The fortress also provides a fantastic vantage point for seeing the rest of Havana so it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re looking for some extraordinary photo opportunities.
When it comes to getting around in Havana one of the easiest ways is to take a taxi, and if you’re lucky this may well be in the back of an original 1950’s American Chevy – a photo opportunity all its own. However, the cheapest form of private transport is the ‘Coco Taxi’ which are three wheeled motorcycles. Buses while overcrowded, are affordable and readily.
Jose Marti International Airport – HAV
Food and beverage: Both coffee and food are available in Tocororo at the airport.
Currency Exchange: Currency exchange outlets can be found in Terminals 2 and 3 at Havana Airport.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be reported to your individual carrier. Only luggage lost within the terminal should be reported to airport authorities.
Airport Hotels: There are no hotels located in the airport itself.
Car Hire: Cubanacar, Fenix, Rent a Car and Rex (for luxury cars and limousines).
Airport Hub: Havana Airport (code HAV) is a hub for Cubana de Aviacion, Aero Caribbean and Aerogaviota.