Parque Central

Park in Centro Habana

Diminutive Parque Central is a verdant haven from the belching buses and roaring taxis that ply their way along Paseo de Martí (Prado). The park, long a microcosm of daily Havana life, was expanded to its present size in the late 19th century after the city walls were knocked down. The 1905 marble statue of José Martí at its center was the first of thousands to be erected in Cuba.

Hard to miss over to one side is the group of baseball fans who linger 24/7 at the famous Esquina Caliente, discussing form, tactics and the Havana teams' prospects in the playoffs.