The capital of Cuba is one of the world’s most effortlessly cool places. The politics are edgy, the dancing impulsive and the people hugely friendly. And it’s still an unbelievable bargain. Here’s why to stay, eat and go while on a budget in Havana.


Hotetur Deauville
Located along the Malecón seafront, Hotetur is not a thing of beauty, but good grief it’s cheap.
Rooms are available from as little as $20 per night and it has seafront access, rooftop pool, gorgeous views, decent food and a disco. Five minutes from the old town.

La Guarida
This small three-roomed restaurant at the top of three flights of stairs is Cuba’s most famous paladar, thanks to an appearance in the movie Strawberry and Chocolate. Hip, funky and great cheap food — you’ll get your fill without emptying your wallet.

El Prado
Well, actually, El Prado is a wide avenue linking Malecón with the centre, and it’s one of the best places to go for a stroll. For zero outlay you’ll mix with locals, get a real feel for the place and at Malecón you get a busy seafront to grab a beer and people-watch.

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