Havana, Cuba - Hemingway's retreat

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Havana was founded by the Spanish in the 16th century, and due to its strategic location, served as a springboard for the Spanish conquest of the continent, becoming a stopping point for the treasure-laden Spanish Galleons on the crossing between the New World and the Old World.

Havana lies on the northern coast of Cuba, south of the Florida Keys, where the Gulf of Mexico joins the Caribbean. The city extends mostly westward and southward from the bay, which is entered through a narrow inlet and which divides into three main harbours: Marimelena, Guanabacoa, and Atarés. The sluggish Almendares River traverses the city from south to north, entering the Straits of Florida a few miles west of the bay.

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The low hills on which the city lies rise gently from the deep blue waters of the straits. A noteworthy elevation is the 200-foot-high (60-metre) limestone ridge that slopes up from the east and culminates in the heights of La Cabaña and El Morro, the sites of colonial fortifications overlooking the eastern bay. Another notable rise is the hill to the west that is occupied by the University of Havana and the Prince's Castle. Outside the city, higher hills rise on the west and east.

Contemporary Havana can essentially be described as three cities in one: Old Havana, Vedado, and the newer suburban districts.  It enthralls travellers from around the globe with its beaches, bays, mountains, rum, music, and impossibly verdant landscapes.  The key lies in the Cubans themselves: survivors and improvisers, poets and dreamers, cynics and sages. Defying all logic, it is the people who have kept the country alive as the infrastructure has crumbled; and it is they also who have ensured that Cuba continues to be the fascinating, perplexing, paradoxical nation it is.

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Havana, like much of Cuba, enjoys a tropical climate that is tempered by the island's position in the belt of the trade winds and by the warm offshore currents. Havana has a tropical savanna climate.