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Destination: Havana
Family Holidays, Family Friendly Hotels & Things to do with Kids in Havana

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Caribbean’s largest and most liveliest of cities, full of vintage cars and hand rolled cigars!

Havana appears stuck in the 1950s, watch local children play on home-made scooters, and the large American cars of another decade pass by. This fascinating and colourful city is a wonderful place for the family to enjoy. Young children will love seeing the brightly coloured artwork at Callejon de Hamel, whilst the older ones may enjoy a ride in one of the classic cars, which are large enough for the whole family!

Things to do in Havana with Kids

Ride the 1950's amusement park rides at Parque Lenin. This park has everything from swimming pools to horseback riding, a zoo and an amusement park.

The Cuban National Zoo differs to others worldwide as the animals are allowed to roam freely, outside of fencing. Visit the forever popular lions' pit in the Little Africa area, with large trees, huge rocks and caves where the jungle kings live in their original habit. Other animals include hippos, giraffes, zebras, antelopes, elephants and many more. The National Zoo is a must for all visitors to Cuba.

Dont miss the Callejon de Hamel (Hamel alley) Initiated by the sculptor and painter Salvador Gonzales who, together with a group of friends, decided to paint a mural celebrating Afro-Cuban culture. One Saturday per month is dedicated to children's entertainment, with puppet shows, and comic theatre with clowns. Pushchair access is available.

Recommended Family Friendly Hotels in Havana

Stay at the most famous hotel in Havana, Hotel Nacional de Cuba. This famous hotel built in original Art Deco style in 1930 has welcomed its fair share of celebrities over the years – Frank Sinatra, Winston Churchill and Ernest Hemingway. This is an ideal base from which to explore the unique city of Havana only 5 minutes away by taxi from the old town. Suitable for family with one child. More details...

The Melia Cohiba combines traditional Cuban charm with a modern style, this hotel offers the best of both worlds. This contemporary 22-storey tower sits just footsteps from the Malecón, Havana’s seafront promenade. More details...

Varadero is a relatively exclusive part of Cuba. Here you will find all the larger hotels and resorts on the island. Beautiful beaches, crystal clear warm turquiose sea and for those golfers, the only part of Cuba that has a full golf course! Varadero's main town offers restaurants, cuban dancing, and traditional markets.

Recommended Family friendly all-inclusive holidays on Varadero

Sol Palmeras offers a great combination of extensive facilities, and the friendly service and superb location makes a popular choice with families and couples. The kids' club keeps the little ones entertained all day. The dining choices are wide with Chinese, grill, Italian, buffet and a steakhouse from which to choose.
Archery and shooting. Three outdoor swimming pools including one children's pool, kids' club and mini-disco, supervised games room for children only, mini-golf, two tennis courts, bicycles, water sports including catamarans (supervised), kayaks, windsurfing and unlimited non-motorized water-sports and some motorized water-sports available three days a week, and massage. Scuba intro in pool three times per week. Babysitting service available on request. More details...

The Blau Varadero hotel overlooks the turquoise waters and fine white sands of Varadero Beach and offers guests high standards of comfort and facilities in an unrivalled beach location. The 'wow' factor starts as soon as you enter the building with its impressive atrium and glass lifts, and continues until the end of your stay here! Aside from lazing on the most beautiful stretch of the beach in the area, there's a fantastic swimming pool and a fitness centre complete with spa. The active can take advantage of the many sports on offer, and for kids, there's a mini-club, guaranteed to keep them entertained. Click here for special offers to The Blau Varadero. More details...

Recommended Eco Friendly / Adventure family holidays in Cuba

Discover the friendly island of Cuba with a Cuban family holiday with its fantastic beaches, jungle covered mountains, vibrant culture and stimulating history. Havana is an elegant capital of classic American cars, old forts, colonial streets and salsa rhythms. Quote: “probably the best holiday since having children - absolutely fantastic mix that allowed us to experience culture etc without children being in anyway bored“ More details... have teamed up with SkyScanner to bring you the best value flights around the world.

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Useful telephone number in Cuba

Emergency numbers
26811 – General Emergency Number
26811 – Fire
26811 – Medical Emergency (Ambulance/First Aid)
26811 – Police


Embassies of all countries in Cuba - Click here

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