The city of Havana was founded by the Spanish in the 16th century and due to its strategic location it served as a springboard for the Spanish conquest of the continent, becoming a stopping point for treasure-laden Spanish galleons returning to Spain. King Philip II of Spain granted Havana the titles of City in 1592. Wall and forts were eventually built to protect the old city.
Contemporary Havana can essentially be described as the three cities in one, Old Havana , Vedado and the new suburb districts. The city is the epicenter of the Cuban government, and the home of the many churches and ministries, and headquarters of businesses and good bit of diplomatic offices.
Havana as well as much of Cuba keeps a tropical climate, that is tempered by the island’s position in the belt of the trade winds and by warm offshore currents. Average temps range from 72 F in January – Feb to being 82 F around mid year through October.
Keep in mind when traveling to Cuba you can spend a fortune on food. When touring Old Havana and walking around the city throughout the various plazas you have so many restaurants to choose from. There are the big restaurants with robust menus, and then you have the small mom and pop style restaurants that actually have some of the most authentic foods. Some restaurants range in $12 to $15 US dollars per person, while smaller establishments have dishes that start as low as $3 US dollars up to $8 for a full course. Be mindful of your food budget when you travel to Cuba and eat where the locals eat.
When I was about 9 years old, my parents took our family on a trip to Disneyland. As a young child, going on my first family vacation that didn’t result in lodging with distant relatives, invoked a plethora of thoughts, feelings and emotions within me.