Miramar is a residential district of the municipality of Playa, in the city of Havana. Many embassies, including the landmark Russian embassy, are located in Miramar. Known colloquially as Quinta Avenida, this fast-paced double-width artery runs ruler-straight through the heart of middle- and upper-class Miramar.
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1. Teatro Miramar
Teatro Miramar is also known as the Cine Miramar is a former cinema located in Miramar, Havana, Cuba near Quinta Avenida (5th Avenue) and Calle 90. Built in the 1950s, the 600-seat movie house was still in use as a cultural centre for the local community until the early 1990s, but the collapse of the Soviet Union as one of Cuba's main trading partners, coupled with the United States embargo against Cuba made it impossible to obtain the equipment needed for essential repair work to the theatre. Originally built as a movie house, over time the building was annexed to a self-service market and a Howard Johnson Cafeteria. Like most buildings in Cuba, it has been battered by hurricanes and degraded by humidity. But due to a chronic shortage of funds, the theatre never received the regular maintenance required in that climate and fell into decay. Don't miss this during your Miramar tour.
2. Casa de la Musica
If you want real, authentic Cuban nightlife, head over to Casa de la Musica in Miramar — just west of Vedado and close by the Tropicana. This is where all of the young locals go dancing to live salsa or reggae music, and there are a lot of tourists there as well. It's essentially a massive indoor nightclub, except with live music, and lots of salsa dancing. You can get a cheap bottle of rum and sit at a table, or get up and dance with someone. Warning: you will get hustled out front by all of the taxi drivers so either keep the one you came with or pick one and bargain with them for a good price. This is one of the best things to do at Miramar for sure!
3. Ministerio del Interior
An important feature of Havana's skyline, the striking memorial facade of Ministerio del Interior provides an important reminder of the Cuban Revolution. Located in the famous Plaza de Revolución, the building supports a vast bronze wire sculpture of two of Cuba's deceased revolutionaries, Che Guevara, and Camilo Cienfuegos, installed in 1995. The words “Until the Everlasting Victory, Always” and “You're doing fine, Fidel” float in the air, on the front of the building. Grab a photo in front of the iconic facade before heading up the José Martí Memorial. It's a must-visit place for your Miramar tour.
4. Teatro Karl Max
This building is located in the Miramar district of central Havana, on Avenida 1 ra at Calle 10. The Teatro Blanquita was the largest cinema in Havana and was built in 1949, opening on 30th December 1949. As well as operating as a cinema, it was extensively used as a live theatre. It was still operating in 1958. In 1959, after the Cuban Revolution, it was re-named Teatro Karl Marx and continues as a live theatre and concert venue today. The building also contained an ice skating rink. It's one of the best things to do at Miramar.
5. Visit The Western End
This western end of Miramar is the heart of the city's 21st-century business development, centered on the office towers and commercial outlets of the Miramar Trade Center complex, on Avenida 3ra between Calles 76 and 80. Large-scale deluxe hotels are here, including the superb Meliá Habana and the 1950s retro-themed Comodoro, albeit sans casino. You're a considerable distance from Vedado and Habana Vieja, so the area is not a good base for visitors whose principal goal is sightseeing. However, the immediate area does have sites of interest.
How to Get Tickets?
There is no admission fee to visit Miramar. However, there's a small fee to visit the attractions inside the area. Bring enough cash if you plan to visit the museums, restaurants, or clubs.
How To Get Around?
You can get around on your Miramar tour by walking. The neighborhood is nice to walk in and there are plenty of things to do at Miramar that you can find easily by walking or cycling.
What Should I Wear?
There is no dress code in Miramar, just wear comfortable clothes and shoes if you plan to walk around. It could be hot in Cuba so wear shorts and sunglasses to make your trip more enjoyable.
Best Time to Visit
Miramar tour can be done at any time of the year, this part of the city is always alive. It could be overcrowded during summer (high season) and the hotel price is more expensive. If you prefer a more quiet visit, then go during off-season.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, Miramar tour is best done by yourself. You can do whatever you want and go wherever you want in your own time, there are too many things to do at Miramar.
How To Get There?
The cheapest way, next to walking, is to catch the guagua. Or you can catch the Havana tour bus (the one heading over to Miramar would be line T2), get off after the Puente Almendares, then catch Avenida 41. From there, you can walk around Miramar to your destination.
If you drive, a minimum speed of 60km must be maintained and no stopping is permitted (nor left turns, with rare exception) until you arrive at the traffic circle at Calle 110—a distance of five kilometers.