Havana (La Habana, in Spanish) is the capital of Cuba, and is also one of the 15 provinces of Cuba. It is one of the major commercial and financial centers of the country, and is one of the important ports of the Caribbean region.
The city of Havana is located on the northern coast of the island of Cuba, on the Havana Bay. It is one of the largest and most populous cities in the entire Caribbean and was also one of the favorite tourist destinations of the region. In 1959 with the ascent of the Fidel Castro led government, however, Havana fell out of favor with American tourists.
The colorful and lively spirit of Havana, its beautiful beaches, the eclectic art culture, the colonial architecture, and the warmth and friendliness of the people make Havana a favorite with tourists from across the globe. Over a million international tourists visit Havana each year. Havana draws the best of Spanish, American, Russian, and native cultures making it a city with a unique character and a celebratory air.
In 1982, Old Havana was designated a World Heritage Site. The Havana cathedral, National Museum of Fine Arts, Fábrica de Arte Cubano, Morro Castle, La Cabana, and El Capitolio, Church of St. Francis of Assisi, and Plaza Vieja are among the top attractions of the Cuban capital city. The important events that this city hosts include the Havana Carnival, the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema, and the International Ballet Festival of Havana.