Top 10 Pools in Havana

Summer is here and Havana is hot. One of the best ways to cool off and also take in Cuban culture and people watch is at Havana’s many great pools. Cuban reggaeton and salsa and international hits play, while pool-goers soak it up in the sun and try and keep cool in the water. Here are some of our favorite Havana pools. Hotel pools generally have a cover and minimum consumption and tend to get crowded with hotel guests, paying Cubans and friends and family of the hotel staff.

  1. Kempinski

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The Gran Manzana Kempinski of Havana is a stunning tribute to the city, refurbished and located in a historic old arcade and shopping center. The infinity pool that overlooks Old Havana only adds to its incredible charm. Photo: Trip 101

2. Grand Packard


The latest addition to Havana’s luxury hotel scene, Iberostar’s Grand Packard sits at the intersection of Malecon y Prado, with views of the Bay of Havana. Photo: VISTAR

3. Parque Central

A Havana staple and often the host of bumping pool parties, Parque Central hosts an expansive rooftop pool in the middle of Havana’s Central Park. Photo: Trip 101

4. Saratoga

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Another Havana staple, the Saratoga hotel pool overlooks the Capitolio. It’s a great space to catch the sunset.

5. Copacabana


Located in Miramar, Copacabana is a great place to escape the bustle of the city and explore local life by the ocean. With a pool and natural swimming area, Copacabana offers loud reggaeton and a very local feel. After hitting the pool, explore Miramar’s culinary scene including TocaMadera, La Carboncita, and El Gelato. Photo:s Lydia Bell

6. Melia Cohiba


Located in Vedado, one of Havana’s nice residential neighborhoods, the Melia Cohiba offers lovely pool stay, a stone’s throw from the Malecon. Photo: Insight Cuba

7. Melia Habana


You can find Melia Habana’s spacious grounds in Miramar, far from Havana’s city center. Catch international sport games at the bar and head for a swim at this expansive location. Photo: Trip Advisor

8. Comodoro


Hotel Comodoro has a beautiful pool and direct access to the beach in Miramar. Call ahead as some times this pool can be waterless — not fun for bathing and dangerous for diving. Photo: Oyster

9. Hemingway Marina


The Hemingway Marina is located way outside the city center, but with ocean access and relaxed local feels, many trekkers find it worth the 20 minute drive. Photo: Lydia Bell

10. Hotel Nacional

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A historic pool in a historic hotel! Located between Vedado and Central and Old Havana, El Nacional is the perfect place to hit on your way uptown or downtown. Photo: Oyster

Adam Linderman