Photos of Havana Cuba That Will Make You Want to Book A Flight
Havana Cuba. Here are my favorite images from Cuba. I have been there so many times and have so many images. I have gone through about 500 out of 6000 and these are my top 40. If you have never been to Cuba, you really need to plan a trip there. The place is untouched and has been for 60 years. It is a photographers paradise. I teach photography workshops down in Havana and Vinales, however, if you want to go on your own I have you covered. I created a list that details the must go to places to photograph in Havana. You can find that list here.
People are Really Friendly in Havana Cuba
People are so friendly down there, just about anyone is happy to get their photo taken. The music, the architecture and the cars are just incredible. I love it all. I will be posting more photos from Cuba in the following weeks, months and years, so stay tuned. If you have any questions about Havana or Cuba in general, drop me a line in the comments below.
The best times to photograph are in the mornings and in the afternoons. The sun can get really hot in Havan so make sure you are prepared with lots of water, sun lotion and a pair of good walking shoes. There are bars and restaurants in just about every corner in case you need to take a break. I must warn you, once you start taking photos in Havana, you will not be able to stop.
If you have a trip coming up, don’t forget to download my list and take it with you. It is a must when you are down there. Trust me on this. Here is that list of must-see places in Havana. To edit your street photos, check out my Lightroom Presets. Click here to see the full gallery.
The gear I used for all my photos: Nikon D800 with a Nikon 14-24mm and a Nikon 24-85mm. A MeFOTO tripod is a must when shooting the sunset.
Here is one of my favorite photos of El Malecon in Havana Cuba. The winds were crazy making this insane waves crash onto the street. I had to time it precisely so I could get this particular shot. It was a bit tough since it was so windy where I was at and it kept moving my trypod and lens. Here is the location where this was shot from.
Camera settings: 1/100 sec F3.5 ISO 100 70-200mm
I have put together the Best Photography Spots Havana Cuba has. I love Havana, Cuba. In fact, I love it so much I go there often. How often? Often enough to discover new spots all the time. Nowadays, you might call them the most Instagramable photography spots in Havana, but to us photographers, these are the top photography spots in Havana, Cuba.
Now that we can visit this beautiful country for Americans, I make it a point to see as much as I can. I also hold fantastic photography and cultural tour down there. Check it out if you are interested, shoot me a message.
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In case you can’t do my workshop, but you are on your way to Cuba, I have put together the top 10 places to photograph in Cuba while you are down there. All of these are very accessible and incredibly stunning.
Here is the full Cuba gallery if you want to have a peek.
Best Photography Spots Havana Cuba Has to Discover
I have added the maps to go with the pics when you download my guide. So take a print out before you get there. The Internet is prolonged down there.
The gear I used for all my photos: Nikon with a Nikon 14-24mm and a Nikon 24-85mm. A MeFOTO tripod and a wide-angle is a must. I edit all my images with my Lightroom Presets, download them, and give them a try.
Cuba Photography Guide
1. El Malecon. This is the most impressive spot in Havana, its full of life, and its the place everyone comes to watch the Sunset. This is a must when you are visiting. If you want to relax and hang with the locals or get the best photos, El Malecon is a Must. The best time to shoot is Sunset. Lens recommended she is a 24-70 mm.
2. The Streets of Old Havana. This is super awesome street photography. Everyone is super friendly, and you will be so overwhelmed, it’s hard to take a wicked photo. The best time to shoot is midday. The best lens to use is 24-70 mm.
3. The Port. This place is incredible; lots of locals go sit and wait for the crew ships to come in. There are also loads of classic cars everywhere. This is the best place to photograph the coolest cars. The best time to shoot is midday. The best lens to use is a 24-70 mm.
4. El Gran Teatro de Havana. This place is fantastic. It is so beautiful inside your jaw is guaranteed to be on the floor. Bring a wide-angle lens. The best part about its only 5CUC to go in. Best time to shoot anytime. The best lens to use is super wide.
5. Castillo De Los Tres Reyes Del Morro. This place has the best views of the Havana period. This is an excellent place to come for Sunset and or sunrise. I always make sure I make it up here a few times during my trip. The best lens to use is a70-200 mm.
6. Rafael Trejo Boxing Gym – Gimnasio de Boxeo Rafael Trejo. This place is epic and has a lot of history. The best boxing Olympians have come out of here—the best time to shoot, anytime during training. The best lens to use is a super-wide or a 24-70 mm.
7. Parque Central. This place is quite impressive. It’s full of locals and tourists alike, it is the meeting hub for people, and you can see beautiful cars and fantastic people just hanging out. Best time to shoot, daytime. The best lens to use is a 24-70 mm.
8. El Floridita. This is the Daiquiri bar. Where Ernest Hemingway used to hang out at. It is always full of people and excellent cars. The best time to shoot is at night. Go inside too and enjoy a cold drink some fantastic live music. The best lens to use is a super-wide or a 24-70 mm.
9. El Malecon Divers. This is a great place to photograph the kids playing in the water. Not only that but also the fisherman hang out here. They are usually here midday to Sunset. The best lens to use is a super-wide or a 24-70 mm.
10. El Capitolio. Built by the USA, this place has a lot of history. A must when in Havana. Best time to shoot anytime. You can get a cool photo of the Capitolio from the Gran Teatro when you are there. The best lens to use is a super-wide or a 24-70 mm.
11. Plaza de la Revolucion. This is where all the political rallies are held. It is also a famous place for having the face of El Che on one of the buildings with the saying “Hasta la victoria siempre.” The best time to photograph is during the day. The best lens to use is a super-wide or a 24-70 mm.
12. El Morro Lighthouse. You can pay and get into the El Morro and check out the beautiful lighthouse. It’s refreshing to see it up close and personal. I actually met a guy that took me to the very top. The best time to shoot is at Sunset. The best lens to use is a super-wide or a 24-70 mm.
13. The Rocks. These are the rocks at the bottom of the fort El Morro. You can drive there or take a taxi or simply walk. The best time to shoot is at Sunset. The best lens to use is a super-wide or a 24-70 mm.
14. El Cristo de la Habana, Cuba. Right behind me, there is a massive christ that stands tall. When you take a taxi there, just ask them to take you to El Cristo de la Habana, and he will know where to go. The best time to shoot is at Sunset. The best lens to use is a super-wide or a 24-70 mm.
15. Agramonte. This is the name of the actual street. It is here where you can find these beautiful buildings. It is close to El Capitolio. The best time to shoot is at Sunset. The best lens to use is a super-wide or a 24-70 mm.
There you have it, the best photography spots Havana, Cuba has. These spots are a must, and you can cover them all in a day if you hustle a bit. Are you coming to Miami Beach? Check out my top photography spots in Miami Beach.
If you have any questions or suggestions, drop me a line below. Hashtag #edinchavez when you post photos from these spots. I would love to check them out.