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El Malecón
El Malecón

El Malecón

8.754 reviews
Sights and Museums, Historic Site
Ranked #1 in Havana things to do
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Centro Habana, Havana, Cuba
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Simply the finest place to revel in the simple delights of beautiful Havana, Malecón offers a fantastic array of scenery, fresh sea air, and vibrant local culture. Go for a leisurely stroll down the ... Read more
length of the sea wall that stretches all along the bay blue waters of the Bay Area, stopping to admire views of the historic lighthouse, soaking up the tropical sun, and maybe getting wet from the spray of waves breaking against the sea wall. At night the area comes alive, with locals gathering to sing songs and enjoy each other's company along with the cool ocean breeze.

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Malaga

Laid out in the early 1900s, El Malecon is Cuba’s most famous sea-side avenue. It was dubbed ‘the world’s longest sofa’ where the whole city come to meet, walk, date and debate. The views are terrific and if you happen to be there at sunset, it’s mesmerizing. The road is sometimes closed for cars due to massive waves that crash over the sea wall. You can still walk along it but you might get very wet.

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Playa del Carmen

The best time to take a walk along the Malecon is just before sunset. Do as the locals do and buy some beers, take a walk until you find a good spot then take a seat on the seawall and drink your beer as you watch the sun setting.

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Merida

Looking for the perfect, sanitized tourist experience? Then why would you come to Cuba? Adventure, beauty, culture & zest for life all in one short stretch of waterfront.

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Hoboken

The place to be in Havana as the sun begins to set! Locals and tourists alike head to the malecon to enjoy the view of the ocean and hang out! People play music, relax and enjoy the view!

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New York City

The Malecon is the sea wall that protects Havana from the waves that pound its shore line. It's also where the locals did go to hang out. Great for a stroll to catch a number of sights.

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Beverly Hills

We were very surprised at the quality of the food and service. It was a fantastic night of dining.

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San Francisco
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The Malecon of Havana is a long stretch of waterfront promenade where locals and visitors can enjoy views of the morro, a leisurely stroll, a invigorating run and of course people watching.

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New Delhi

the boardwalk isn't maintained well. after a few days of rain, large chunks of road were either missing or destroyed. not the best for walking on certainly. the sea wall is also not high enough, water constantly comes pouring over. though it is a nice place for a stroll when the seas are calm. you'll see locals enjoying the sunshine and men fishing

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Manchester

A Havana icon, the Malecón is the street running for miles along the city's sea front. Stroll the Malecón, taking in the various facets of Cuban life played out here, from old men fishing to friends hanging out and young lovers canoodling against the backdrop of crashing waves. Better still, jump in a vintage cab and cruise around the bay in style, roof down and salsa music blaring.

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Princeton

El Malecón has a beautiful ocean view. The sunsets here are stunning. It's a great place to take some photos!

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Madrid

The best place for sunset. As the sun descends, locals start to come out and hang out all along the Malecon. Groups of friends, family sit together to chat and drink the night away. Musicians and street vendors ply the length of the walkway selling their art and goods. This is also a good place to meet and talk to friendly Cubans, those with a bottle of rum will share it with you. Havana never sleeps and this is where you will find people still singing and chatting at 3am in the morning. The joie de vivre of the Cubans is best observed and experienced here at the Malecon

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Melbourne

Hey can you please mention the places for better accommodation and traveling medium if I m traveling with children.

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Bucharest
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Best view of the Malecon is from the Melia Cohiba Hotel on the top floors, sunset time. Check out La Riviera hotel, where scenes from the Godfather were filmed. My favorite thing to do on the Malecon is to ride an old vintage Cuban car down the splendid esplanade and watch as the waves hit the sea wall.

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Nairobi

This is the place for sunset, and actually sunrise is quite nice here too. As the sun starts descending, fishermen come out to try their luck, and as the darkness sets in friends and couples come to hang out. Definitely plan a sunset walk along here.

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Saskatoon

El Malecon is the place where Cubans hang out. Beautiful views of the city, harbour and people just going about their day.

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Los Angeles

the center of cuban nightlife, a long wall along the coastline of havana. fantastic people watching.

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San Francisco

I've had many many great nights hanging out on the Malecon!

During the day, it's a beautiful stroll along the meeting place of city and ocean. When the waves are strong enough they'll burst right over the wall onto the street, so watch out!

At night, this is THE hangout. People of all ages gather along the Malecon wall, sing songs, drink rum, and enjoy the cool ocean breeze.

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Asheboro

This beautiful historic lighthouse is right on the Havana semi-circular waterfront. The beautiful semi-circle is a bit crumbly from 50+ years of limited upkeep, but it is still elegant, and the lighthouse is still gorgeous. I would recommend going to Havana before it all falls down. You may still have to launder your trip through Nassau or Mexico, but it's definitely worth it, and they're waiting for you!

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Havertown

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Iconic place in Havana where you could savor the real Cuban culture

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