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El Malecon

Category: Street cruising near the intersection of Calle 23 and the Malecon road just below the Hotel Nacional Submitted: Jul 02 2007 (Edited 12/16/15)
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City: Havana
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Country: Cuba
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Posted Jul 12 2017:
As in 2015, it's still a cruisy place where men meet by arrangement or by chance, although things are changing in Cuba. Mentioned in a Slate article about about gay cruising in Cuba and the increasing use of mobile Apps.

Grindr-ing in Havana

Edited on 07/13/17
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Posted Dec 10 2015:
The Malecon is still an active cruising scene including men for hire. Some are "gay for pay."

The evolving gay scene in Cuba is discussed at Cuba slowly accepting LGBT community.

Edited on 12/16/15


Posted Jun 30 2009:
You will see a crowd of gay locals and tourists gathered around the sea wall. It starts coming together around 11 pm most nights.


Posted Sep 29 2007:
The main gay gathering is on Malecon late evenings through very late at night into early morning. Walk La Rampa (23rd Street) east towards Malecon. Two blocks before Malecon there will be a brightly lit corner cafe on your right (lots of gorgeous gay men are there to be picked up -- one bottle of local beer is $1.20, which is an astronomical price considering most Cubans make $10 a month). Next door to that cafe you can buy a bottle of rum (very cheap) and continue on to Malecon. Once you reach Malecon, look to your right across the street (on the other side of Malecon) next to the water. There you will find thousands of Cuban gay men (all colors, shapes, ages, from masculine to feminine, drag queens). The crowd is about two to three hundred meters long along the Malecon. Somehow they know that you are a foreigner (tourista), so you will become the center of attention. I have never seen that many stunningly good-looking men in one place. You will have a very difficult job to choose the one you like. All you do is just make the eye contact -- they will approach you right away.


Posted Jul 02 2007:
This is the oceanfront boulevard that runs the entire length of Havana. After dark there are hundreds of people out there socializing. We were on the end of the Malecon near the lighthouse in Old Havana, and whatever you might want was out there. It won't take you fifteen minutes to get something going. I guarantee it!

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