Havana, Cuba – City Guide for Nomads and Expats

Havana is absolutely mesmerizing.

The people, architecture, landscape and culture all come together in a magnetic way that make it different from any place on earth. After only an hour in Havana you will feel notably different but you won’t know why. The women are indeed pretty here, but you’ll need to keep a watchful eye out for scammers and swindlers!

POPULATION: 2,000,000


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RENT AN APARTMENT IN HAVANA

$500.00-$600.00 for a month in a casa particular. or Airbnb You may be able to find cheaper but the accommodation may not be legal.

 

COST OF LIVING IN HAVANA

The following data is from Expatistan, a crowdsourced database of prices and cost of living around the world. In our experience, the data tends to underestimate cost of living, so take the following as the minimum you might need to live here.

*Figures are listed in USD

You’ll need a minimum of $953 USD/month to live in Havana, Cuba

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NIGHTLIFE IN HAVANA

7.75/10 

Nightlife in Havana is almost as fascinating as it is frustrating. Fascinating because of the endless choice, frustrating because as a tourist you won’t have access to the best spots without some serious intel from trustworthy Cuban friends. As a tourist, you’ll have several options for dazzling spots with cheap drinks and excellent music. Unfortunately, you’ll be surrounded by fellow tourists with not a Cuban in sight who’s not part of the waitstaff. The best shot you have at an authentic Cuban experience is on the malecon on Friday night. Take a bottle of rum and a lighter or two and you’ll make fast friends.

I recommend: El Chanchullero. Great value, delicious food and the perfect place to meet Mexican, Brazilian and European tourists. 

 

IS HAVANA SAFE?

For the most part, Havana is entirely safe. Robberies can occur in parts of Old Havana, Central Havana and at night on the malecon, but these incidents are typically opportunistic so if you use common sense you’ll be fine. It’s much safer than Santo Domingo, the capital city of neighboring Dominican Republic.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

A sensory overload. Irritating and magnificent, depressing and uplifting, terrible and perfect. Havana is too many things that are impossible to sum up in a couple cute sentences. Just when you think you’ve figured it out, something will subvert everything you thought you knew and you will understand even less. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you need to visit Havana!


OVERALL RATING: 9/10


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