The island of Cuba was inhabited by numerous Mesoamerican tribes prior to the landing of explorer Christopher Columbus in 1492, who claimed it for the Kingdom of Spain. Cuba remained a colony of Spain until theSpanish–American War of 1898, after which it was briefly administered by the United States until gaining nominal independence in 1902. The fragile republic endured increasingly radical politics and social strife, and despite efforts to strengthen its democratic system, Cuba came under the dictatorship of former president Fulgencio Batista in 1952. Growing unrest and instability led to Batista's ousting in January 1959 by theJuly 26 movement, which afterwards established a socialist government under the leadership of Fidel Castro. Since 1965, the country has been governed as a single-party state by the Communist Party.
Wander the labyrinth of streets of one of the oldest cities in the Western Hemisphere to discover the charms and secrets of this living museum! See all the major icons, but from a totally different - local - perspective.
Tour Havana in style with a trip in a classic 50s American convertible! Cruise through famous Havana suburbs: Miramar, central Havana, Vedado, the Malecon, 5th Avenue, Revolution Square, and more. Keep up the class and style with a delicious cocktail in the Hotel Nacional, overlooking the Malecon at sunset.