Havana was founded on 1515 by Diego Velásquez, although not in its present location. The Havana of today was re-founded in 1519 in the present location of Old Havana. The importance of Havana increased as the number of ships that called at its port while in transit from South or Central America to Spain. In 1553 the capital of Cuba was shifted from Santiago de Cuba to Havana due to the increase of its economic importance as the comercial center of the caribean.
Today Havana has a population of more than two million inhabitants, and is the political, cultural and economic heart of Cuba. It contains more than one fifth of the cuban population and is one of the great historical cities of the New World.
Havana beach is located 18 km east of Havana, true pristine clean beaches exist near Havana, and they're only 20 min taxi ride fromOld Havana. Experience the white sand and turquoise waters of Cuba, without the shadow of skyscraping hotels. Playas del Estecomposed: Playa Bacuranao, Playa Tarara, Playa El Megano, Playa Santa Maria del Mar, Playa Boca Ciega, and PlayaGuanabo.Getting there is easy, ask your driver to take you to Playas del Este a gorgeous beaches, ideal for day trip.
Enjoy blue sea and silky sand, to rent beach chairs or umbrellas ask one of the bartenders under the thatched huts. Renting sports equipment is also easy: catamarans, paddleboats and kayaks are lined up on the beach. The beach area contains numerous of restaurants, cafes and bars, is an oasis for tourists and Cubans alike, beaches are full of gorgeous habaneras on the weekends.