Havana city is the capital, major port, and leading commercial center of Cuba. It is the largest city in the Caribbean region and has one of the great treasuries of historic colonial preserves in the Western Hemisphere.
A city trapped in time, Havana captures the imagination like no other. Faded glamour meets careful colonial-era reconstruction with a backdrop of irresistible color. Walk El Malecón, the walkway bordering the ocean; visit Old Havana and the Catedral de San Cristóbal; and listen for salsa music, open-air bazaars, and parties that last all night.
Prior to 1959, when Fidel Castro came to power, it was a mecca for tourists from the United States, who were drawn by the city’s many attractions, which included climate and nightlife. It also constitutes one of Cuba’s 15 provinces: Ciudad de la Habana (City of Havana).
The city is located on La Habana (Havana) Bay on the island’s north coast.
Havana has a diversified economy, with traditional sectors, such as manufacturing, construction, transportation and communications, and new or revived ones such as biotechnology and tourism.
Cuba also has a planned economy dominated by state-run enterprises. Most industries are owned and operated by the government, and most of the labor force is employed by the state. Just 90 miles south of the United States, a visit to Cuba offers students the opportunity to appreciate the influence of governance and global politics in a national economy, and observe first-hand the start contrasts between life in Cuba and much of the rest of the world.