At the beginning of the 20th century, Cuban magnates and American businessmen built their houses in Miramar, which begins west of the tunnel under the Río Almendares and ends at the Río Jaimanitas. One of the best ways to get to know the area is to go for a stroll down 5th Avenue, where most of these impressive mansions, stately homes, and embassies are located. Aside from this, the area doesn't have as many sights as the rest of the city. However, there are some interesting spots that deserve a look, in particular the Fundación de la Naturaleza y El Hombre. But keep in mind that these sights are pretty spread out, so unless you're eager for some long-distance hiking, it's best to tour this part of town by car, or hire a taxi for the afternoon. Public transport here is scarce, as indicated by the mobs of school children pidiendo botellas (hitchhiking; literally "asking for bottles," as in favors or baby bottles).
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Instituto Superior de Arte
Built on the site of the pre-Revolutionary Country Club of Havana, which was so exclusive that dictator Fulgencio Batista was…Learn More >
Parque Emiliano Zapata
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