1. Parque Central, Havana
One of the most known and central sites of Havana, the square is surrounded by beautiful hotels and 1950’s era refurbished Chevy’s. A must see if you’re visiting Havana for the first time. The taxi owners will happily let you take photos with / in their cars, but prepared to pay a small donation in exchange for the perfect photo opp.
Address: 267 Agramonte, La Habana, Cuba
2. Plaza de la Catedral
One of the five main squares in Old Havana, the Plaza de la Catedral is known for its cascading Cathedral views with it’s dreamy blue sky backdrop. The plaza is surrounded by pops of colored walls, and enticing alleyways, all begging to be explored! Early morning shoots are ideal as this square gets very busy during the day.
2 hours out of Havana and into the Cuban countryside is the quaint little town of Vinales. Made popular as a destination for visiting tourists looking to scope out tobacco farms, Vinales is rich with culture and color. The jungle off in the distance provides for one heck of a backdrop, especially if you’re able to visit the views from the Horizontes Los Jazmines hotel. Grab a beverage at their downstairs bar and ask to view the balconies up top for photos that will surely stun.
4. Playa Santa Maria Del Mar
Although Cuba is surrounded by water, the nearest beach accessible by the public is the Santa Maria beach. With it’s white sand and jacuzzi warm water, Santa Maria is the perfect place to grab some pics and relax for a little - enjoy your vacation time! The beach is roughly 30 minutes outside of Havana and local taxis make the trip back and forth often.
Address: Santa María del Mar, La Habana, Cuba
5. Hotel Nacional de Cuba
An iconic hotel located in the center of Havana, the Hotel Nacionel de Cuba has housed many famous names, and has since become a National Monument. With it’s star studded views of the Havana Harbor and the fancy cars that line up out front, the Hotel Nacional is a location you’ll want to fit into your itinerary when visiting!
6. Colored Plaza Buildings
Right outside Parque Central are the rows of colored buildings that so many people have grown to associate with Cuba. This notorious backdrop is easily accessible and contains plenty of fun areas to pose - be careful with the busy streets in front however!
Address: Paseo de Marti, La Habana, Cuba
7. Tobacco Farm in the Vinales Countryside
The Cuban countryside is rich in both culture AND tobacco. Visiting an authentic tobacco farm should be on your “must see” list whilst visiting Cuba. The history, the views, the enriching culture, all combine to make the countryside a unique location to stop and shoot content.
Address: Vanales, Cuba
8. Malecon Street
To the left you’ll see the sea and to the right, Havana. We highly recommend renting a convertible taxi and cruising up and down Malecon. Take turns sitting in front to capture scroll stopping pics of both land and sea.
Address: Malecon, La Habana, Cuba
9. Local Vendors + Alleyways
Sometimes the best photo locations are all around you, and that couldn’t be more true for Havana. Anywhere you turn looks like it can make for the perfect backdrop. As we were walking from one location to the next, we stumbled upon a friendly fruit vendor who allowed us the opportunity to use his cart as a prop. Please make sure to tip local vendors for allowing you to shoot with their products!