Top Pick
General sightseeing
CA Ranking: 5
Open: 8:30pm Tues-Sun
Admission: CUC 35-55
Calle 2 #4504 e/ 43 y 45, Marianao
  • Built in 1939, this is possibly the oldest and most lavish cabaret in the world. It took the name Tropicana after a piece by composer Alfredo Brito (best known for his arrangement of El Manisero), on choreographer and show director Sergio Orta’s recommendation. Architect Max Borges Recio received the Architectural Association’s Gold Medal for his spectacular design of the cabaret, which has great technical conditions both visually and acoustically.

    The presentations of the Tropicana ballet have been acclaimed all over the world, from the Royal Albert Hall in London to the Sporting Club in Montecarlo to the Friedrichstadt Palace in Berlin to the Beacon Theatre in Broadway. In 1992, it received the coveted Best of the Best Five Star Diamond Award of the US Academy of the Restaurant Industry. In the summer of 1996, Japanese fashion designer Junko Koshino used it as a venue for a fashion show with Tropicana dancers as models. Also known as ‘Paradise Under the Stars,’ this cabaret was one of the 20 locations from where both ABC and CNN broadcasted live the turn of the century celebrations.

    Although this symbol of Cuban culture is best known for the beauty and grace of its dancers, it has also witnessed breathtaking performances by artists as renowned as Ignacio Villa (Bola de Nieve), Elena Burke, Josephine Baker, Libertad Lamarque, Nat King Cole, Rita Montaner, Carmen Miranda, Alejandra Guzmán and Rosita Fornés.

    Admission details: CUC 35-55; all-inclusive tour trip from hotels: CUC 50

    Opening hours: 8:30pm Tues=Sun; Show: 10-11pm

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    Plaza Vieja

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    Paseo del Prado

    Paseo del Prado  LH 5+

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    Arte Corte (Papito’s)  LH 5+

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