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Jennifer Knight

There are some countries where female solo travelers don’t feel safe roaming around at night, but not in Havana. As long as you’re not roaming around Central Havana wearing jewelry the price of the Cuba’s GDP, then you’ll be just fine.

You likely can’t knock all of these out in one night, but you can definitely try.

  1. Watch the Sunset on the Malecón—Officially called the Avenida de Maceo, this 5-mile stretch of sea wall is the gathering place for Havana’s youth and the place where tourists, photographers, fisherman and lovers take in the beautiful Sunset.
  2. Walk to the beautifully lit El Morro—The 18th Century fortress built to guard Havana Bay is more beautiful and dramatic at night.

    Night view of old spanish fortress “El Morro” with cannons in Havana bay entrance.
  3. Ride over the Cobblestone Streets of Old Havana in a Horsedrawn Carriage-Many of the carriages can be found near or around the Plaza De San Francisco. It’s something that will transport you back in time. To top it off, walk a block from the plaza and you will find the Plaza de la Catedral with lots of shops opened at night. Tip: If you want to keep it local, make sure the businesses you give your money to don’t have employees with badges. That’s a sign that they are government owned.

    A horse and carriage in the plaza of Old Havana, Cuba
  4. Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at Museo Del Chocolate –In the heart of Old Havana is chocolate haven. You can also cool down with ice cream at this wonderful little place.
  5. Have Dinner at Habitania in Vedado–This little restaurant has a great atmosphere and good food. It is one of many paladars springing up around Havana as part of Raul Casto’s economic reform program that allows Cuban’s to own their own businesses. By dining at places like these you are supporting the local businessman which in turn supports Democracy. Now, that’s a win-win isn’t it? Here is a link to some others around Havana.
  6. Enter a jazz club through a red phone booth at Jazz Club La Zorra Y El CuervoJazz clubs abound in Vedado, but this one has a unique twist because it’s front door is an English-style phone booth. The entertainment is just as appealing on the inside too.
  7. Go Salsa Dancing with Pros at Hotel Florida-While reviews may show other places as the best place to salsa, they have teams of professional dancers who come in and dance with the customers and also put on a show. Mix that in with their free-flowing mojitos and you are sure to have a great night. Click on the link to see the video the night I visited: Salsa at Florida Hotel
  8. Have a Frozen Daiquiris at Floridita – Described as the “Cradle of the Daiquiri,” it’s no wonder that this bar was a mainstay for Ernest Hemingway. There is now a larger-than-life sized statue of him at the end of the bar, which most tourists, including myself take a photo next to.
  9. Stroll through Havana’s Central Park and people watch. You might find some entertainment like I did.
  10. Take in the Tropicana Show – this is a night unto itself so put plenty of time aside because dinner is included on this show under the stars. The Cabaret show is in its 75th year, so this is the year to see it. Click here to reserve tickets before your trip.

Learn more about the allure that will keep you coming back to Cuba.

 

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J. Knight

The author J. Knight

A solo traveler with a soul-- I used adventure to face a tragic loss and found my way again. I'm now putting my experience to work as a former journalist to share my transformative travel tales with you. If you found that travel is your cure, share your story or come along with me.

2 Comments

  1. You speak of having your loss first & finding travel as new life in itself but I have the opposite experience.
    My 1st marriage was dysfunctional & so when I first went overseas for work as an engineering assignment, the great difference of the experience was welcome & I sought out foreign work. I went more after the divorce & just embraced the places I worked & went for rest & recreation. Then I met my real partner & we married. I stopped working long term overseas but we both would travel a lot together. She lost her fight with Leukemia this year & now I see no use in traveling alone, it seems pointless..

    You turned from your loss & embraced travel. I envy your ability to do so.

    1. I’m so sorry for your loss. Aren’t you glad though that she graced your life rather than never having known her? We make a choice to let something either break us or shape us into something stronger and better. Give yourself time to heal. Allow yourself to smile without guilt and do bold things, including traveling alone. Trust me on this.

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