How to get tickets to the Tropicana (and other shows in Cuba)

While in Cuba, you will have a variety of lively shows to choose from. If you are a dancer, music lover, or simply just want something different you'll definitely be entertained. Read on to find out how to get tickets to the best shows in Havana, including ticket prices for the Tropicana.

What are the best shows to see in Havana

Like I said, you have a variety to choose from. Personally, I loved the ballet most of all - but that may be because I am a dancer. There are quite a few shows to choose from while in Cuba:

  • Tropicana
    • A cabaret show that costs 85-90 CUC (does not include dinner)
  • Cabaret Parisien at the Hotel Nacionale
    • A great option if you don't want to pay for the Tropicana. Everyone says it's the second best cabaret show in town.
    • Costs 35 CUC
  • Buena Vista Social Club
    • 50's Cuban music show
    • Costs 50 CUC (including dinner)
  • Ballet Performances
    • Some of the best dancers in the world perform with the Cuban National Ballet.
    • For shows and tickets inquire at the box office inside the Opera house.
 The Tropicana Girls  |  Havana, Cuba

The Tropicana Girls  |  Havana, Cuba

The Tropicana

What is the Tropicana?

The Tropicana club is an open-air venue, set inside a six acre estate, with the performance space completely surrounded by lush tropical trees and bright stage lights. It originally opened in 1939 and the show is 2 entertaining hours (10pm-12am) of highly trained and brightly costumed performers singing, dancing and performing the occasional acrobatics.

How much do tickets cost for the Tropicana?

The tickets were steep - $85 per person. But the price includes a cigar, a welcome drink, ¼ bottle of Havana Club Rum and a small plate of nuts. I promise you, the show is 100% worth the price. (

Note: you can also do dinner there but we were told the food is expensive and nothing to write home about.

How to get tickets for the Tropicana

For actual tickets to the show you have a couple of options: 

  • Book online
  • Email them: reservas@tropicana.tur.cu
  • Book through your hotel
  • Reserve at the entrance between 2 pm and 8:30 PM on show day

We went with the last option and I think you should also. The venue is huge, so you really don't have to worry about tickets selling out. We took a taxi from Havana central to the Tropicana and arrived an hour before showtime. It was very easy to secure our spot. 

If you are staying at an Airbnb (or Casa Particular) you can ask a conceirge at any hotel to book you tickets for the Tropicana (or any show really). Do be sure to tip the conceirge.

Final Thoughts

One last thing... even though researching ahead of time is great, I definitely recommend bringing a guidebook along with you. Here are some books I recommend...

Also, a super common question I get is: What camera do I use for my travels. The body is a Nikon D3300 and I use the kit lens and a Sigma wide-angle lens which I am genuinely obsessed with.

My full list of travel gear, that I take on every trip can be found here.

And of course, if you have any questions DO NOT hesitate to reach out to me via Instagram, Twitter, or just shoot me an email (tessajuliette@gmail.com). 

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