Seawall and Skyline along Malecón in Havana, Cuba - Encircle Photos

36 Seawall and Skyline along Malecón in Havana, Cuba

Malecón in Spanish means pier. Perhaps Havana’s celebrated boulevard should have been called rompeolas (breakwater) because it was initially designed as a seawall. Yet ocean waves often crash over the top and block traffic. The first third of a mile of Malecón was built by the Americans in 1901. Construction continued through 1952. High-rises from the 1950s accent the Vedado skyline. This neighborhood, plotted into a logical grid system one hundred years earlier, is primarily residential. Recently, Vedado has begun to blossom with nightlife, entertainment and art. So, hail a taxi driver in a classic car or horse-drawn carriage to explore Malecón and Vedado … especially at nightfall.

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Malecón, La Habana, Cuba

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