Havana gained its city status in 1592. However, as early as 1515, there were already European settlers in the city. The location of Havana is at the heart of Cuba. Havana is one of the oldest of all the cities in Cuba. It is part of the La Habana province which is one of the 15 provinces of Cuba. The provinces are sometimes called municipalities in Cuba. Therefore, Havana is within the La Habana municipality. Havana is on the northwestern coast of the country which is south of the Florida Keys. The Almendares River runs from the south to the north of Havana.

Havana is the fourth most populated metropolitan area in the West Indies. It is also the most populated city in Cuba. The city has a population of about 2,117,625 who live on a 728.26 square kilometers area.

Havana attracts about one million tourists throughout the year. In 2010 alone, 1,176,627 tourists visited Havana. Most visitors tour Havana during its winter season from December to April. Europeans and Canadians go to Havana in search of the southern sun. Old Havana is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that also attracts tourists. Another factor that has led to the increase in tourism industry is the selection of Havana as one of the New7Wonders Cities in the world. Other cities in that category are Durban, Kuala Lampur, and Doha among other cities.

Havana experiences a tropical climate which is a result of its position within the belt of the trade winds. The average temperatures in the country range from 22 degrees Celsius to 28 degrees Celsius. They rarely go below 10 degrees Celsius although the lowest temperature ever recorded was zero degrees Celsius. Havana has heavy rainfalls from June to October and at times warm temperatures. The city also experiences light rains between December and April. The average amount of rainfall in the country is 1200 mm annually. Sometimes Cuba is struck by hurricanes that mostly hit the south coast of the nation. Havana may only be slightly affected by such hurricanes.

This page was last modified on May 1st, 2018

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