The Malecon in Havana
PUBLISHED: JANUARY 17TH, 2019

One of the icons of Havana is the sea wall along the promenade, extending five miles from the harbour. It's a great place for a stroll to get your bearings on arrival, although if it's hot there's no shade – in that case save it for the evening as the Cubans do. Juddering Cadillacs and Buicks blasting regaeton zoom by. Somersaulting boys screech from rock to surf; strumming guitarists dodge slap footed joggers; Havana's young lovers whisper and giggle; the vendors call out their popcorn, pasta and peanuts. When it rains, silver sheets of water gather on the Malecon and the passing cars drench passers-by in salty water. When it storms, the palms are tossed and the sea whipped into a frenzy as great waves surge over the wall. It's a constant, ever-changing drama in the heart of Havana, the one place where the elements are always on display.

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