"HAVANA : VEDADO" Cuba Things to Do Tip by swesn

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  Sunset over Hotel Nacional
by swesn

Vedado is the residential neighbourhood part of Havana. The avenues are wider and more spacious. It is a safe and rather pleasant area to stay in, actually.

Streets running north-east are numbered from Calle (Street) 1 to Calle 39. Streets running north-west are numbered from Calle 28 to Calle 2, then the shaded Paseo before naming from Calle A to Calle O.

Address is always given by a Calle, followed by which Calles it is in between. There are stone blocks at the corner of every junction, stating the names of the Calle intersection, example 15 and A.

There are several hotels, museums and cinemas in this part of town. The airline building is along Calle 23, near the Malecon. Huge flea and craft markets are located on Calle 1 between Calle D and Calle E and on Calle 23 between Calle M and Calle N. The Necropolis Cristobal Colon Cemetery and Castillo del Principe are in Vedado as well.

The extremely popular Coppelia ice-cream parlour is a sight to behold as you observe the huge (and I mean, HUGE) queues of peso-paying Cubans waiting patiently for the chance to partake of the ice-cream. As tourists, flashing your US dollars, probably get you instant ice-cream, naturally charged the special 'foreigner's price'.

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  • Written Jun 15, 2003
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