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Travel Guide: Revolution Square in Havana, Cuba #travel

Revolution Square

Havana, Cuba

Map of Revolution Square

More info about Havana

Coronavirus in Havana

As much as it pains us to say, now is not the best time to be boarding that plane, boat or train. More and more countries are going into COVID-19 lockdown and closing their borders, which is making it virtually impossible to travel anyway. You can track the current coronavirus right now.

Culture in Havana

We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to traveling in Cuba. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to Cuba.

Money in Havana

Currencie(s): Cuban convertible peso & Cuban peso

Corruption: Cuba has a corruption score of 53 out of 100.
If your itinerary runs through Cuba, watch out for muggers and beware of corrupt police officers. According to Transparency International, Cuba scores average on the list of corrupt nations around the world.

Cuba is concidered to be a relatively dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 2.07 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.

Language in Havana

Language(s): Spanish
Here are a few basic lines to get you started:
  • Yes = Si
  • No = No
  • Thank You = Gracias
  • Hello = Hola
  • Do you speak English? = ¿Habla Inglés?
  • Please = Por favor
  • Bye = Adiós
  • Excuse Me = Perdóneme
  • Where is the Bathroom? = ¿Dónde está el baño?
  • What is your Name? (My Name Is) = ¿Cuál es tu nombre? (Mi nombre es)

Food & Drinks in Havana

2 National dishes: Ropa Vieja & Moros Y Cristianos.

Tap Water: Do not drink. According the the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - USA, Source), you might want to drink bottled water because travellers' diarrhoea, hepatitis A, typhoid and cholera are among the illnesses that can be transmitted with bad water.

Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Havana is 18.

Religion in Havana

Cuba is NOT considered as a religious country. According to the Gallup Poll in 2009 research, only 34% of the population thinks religion is important in their daily life. More info about this study can be found here. The religous adherents are nominally 85% Roman Catholic prior to CASTRO assuming power; Protestants, Jehovah's Witnesses, Jews, and Santeria are also represented. Read this article about the impact of religion on your travel plans.

Sex & Relationships in Havana

Age of Consent: 16 years.

Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is not legalized in Cuba.

Cuba scores a -3/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.

National Sports in Havana

A lot of countries and cultures have an obsession with sports, almost reaching religious proportions. In this case, Baseball is Cuba their national sport.

Other practical tips for Havana

Timezone: UTC-05:00

Driving: Right-hand traffic.

Power adapters and converters: 110 V / 220 V (60 Hz), Plug A / B / C / L

Weather: Currently few clouds, with a temperature between 25 and 25°C (77 and 77°F)

Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 19.71 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So you have nothing to worry about when travelling to Cuba.

List of interesting places in Havana