February 10, 2010 5:57 PM Subscribe
We're going to Havana! Help us enjoy the city on the cheap and close to the ground.
posted by PercussivePaul to travel & transportation around Havana, Cuba (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We will be there from Tuesday to Saturday of next week. The primary purpose of this trip is to escape the Olympic Games and go somewhere warm, but with cool local culture. Hence: Havana. We're staying in a casa particular a few blocks west of the Capitolio.
What we like:
Music and art - especially local music, pretty architecture and beautiful places, unique experiences, public spaces where residents hang out, good food/ cheap food, fun and adventure, and so on.
What we don't like:
Expensive places, tourist shows, tourist attractions.
I realize the boundary can be a little muddy. I think the difference is authenticity. Sometimes an attraction draws people because it's amazing, and sometimes it's just designed to draw people and take their money. You can usually tell the difference. Along those lines we would totally go see jazz or dance or opera if it's a legit quality performance, even if that's a popular thing for tourists to do. Does that make sense? The problem I'm having is that whatever guides and websites I find rattle off a ton of stuff, but I can't tell from what I read if I will actually enjoy the stuff, or if it's just one of those famous places a lot of tourists go to that might be a letdown in reality.
I hear Havana is renowned for music in particular. What are some things we could check out?
Also--one of my friends told me to get tourist pesos at the airport, but then get "local" pesos at a local bank, and try to buy food etc with them, because it's way cheaper. I was under the impression this was frowned upon or even illegal. Can anyone speak to this?