LGBT Travellers

Havana's gay life ebbs and flows though, in recent years, it has become noticeably more open and tolerant. The most gay-friendly district is the tangle of streets around the Malecón, Av de Infanta and La Rampa (Calle 23) on the cusp of Centro Habana and Vedado where you'll find several gay-friendly bars, cafes and clubs. Good spots for gay entertainment are Cabaret Las Vegas and Cafe Cantante Mi Habana (both in Vedado).

Cruising zones and meeting points center on La Rampa (Calle 23) in Vedado, particularly in the area around Cine Yara and the Coppelia at the junction with Calle L and at the intersection of the Rampa and the Malecón on the sea wall. Havana's gay beach is Playa Boca Ciega in Habana del Este.

Since 2008, Havana has openly celebrated gay pride with a big parade on May 17.

Same-sex marriage is not yet legal in Cuba.