Cabaret Tropicana was built in 1939 in the Havana neighborhood of Marianao. Once considered a risk taken by an entrepreneur who decided to open a restaurant with night club entertainment with a capacity for at least 300 visitors. At the time many considered his idea unfeasible yet today Cabaret Tropicana is on of Havana’s most popular tourism venues.
Tropicana Cabaret is located in vibrant forest with large majestic trees, such as Royal Palms, Mamoncillos, Mango trees, Cedar and many others, giving the theater its cool tropical feeling. Nat King Cole, Josephine Baker, Libertad Lamarque, Cheo Feliciano, Rita Montaner, Elena Burke and Bola de Nieve and many other celebrities were amongst the many stars who have appeared on Tropicana’s illustrious stage. Performances are conducted right under the stars of Havana’s night sky.
In 1992, the American Academy of Restaurant Industry bestowed Tropicana with an honorable award as the “Best of the Five Stars Diamond” for being the best cabaret in the Americas, recognized for its quality and appreciated for its rich history of over more than half a century.
The actual program “Tambores en Concierto” meaning Concert Drum was composed by the renowned choreographer and master Tomás Morales. It is a ballade featuring the most recognized and authentic Cuban rhythms, without ignoring the Hispanic and African heritage of Cuba, including rumba, mambo, danzonete and Latin jazz.
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Tropicana, The most spectacular of the cabarets to open sky. A unique place in the world to enjoy the music and the Cuban and Caribbean folklore in all their color, musicality and rhythm. An art extravaganza to multiply the Cuban happiness of a true tropical night.
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Address: Calle 72 y Línea del Ferrocarril, Marianao, Ciudad de La Habana.
Phone No: (537)267 1717
Show time 8:30 p.m. until dawn
Email for Reserves
Contact for groups : firstname.lastname@example.org
Bajo las Estrellas
For 1000 pax
Open air terrace, surrounded by a luxuriant tropical forest, where the fabulous and unique Tropicana shows take place. From 8.30 p.m. untill dawn.
Arcos de Cristal
For 500 pax
Roofed hall reproducing the Cuban countryside at night, where Tropicana shows take place on rainy days. This hall with air-conditioned and great comfort, is ideal for conventions, press conferences, fashion shows, concerts and dances.
Restaurante Los Jardines
For 100 pax
The chords of the violin and piano, the moon filtering through the glass roof and an encompassing view of the surrounding park confirm the exoticism and sophistication of this luxurious restaurant set where Tropicana casino used to be. International cuisine, every day from 7.00 p.m. to 12.00 a.m.
For 80 pax
Café Rodney, with the modern atmosphere of the 50’s is an immediately captivating bohemian spot. Varied offers and attractive prices, every day from noon to midnight.
1 Welcome drink
1/4 Bottle of Havana Club White Extra Aged Rum
1 Cold cuts dish
Price: 70.00 CUC per person
1 Welcome drink
¼ Bottle of Havana Club Reserva Extra Aged or Havana Club Gold Extra Aged Rum
1 Cold cuts dish
Price: 80.00 CUC per person
1 Welcome drink
¼ Bottle of Whiskey or Havana Club Reserva Extra Aged Rum
1 Cold cuts dish
Price: 90.00 CUC per person
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Tropicana Cabaret is the oldest Cabaret show. It’s located in Havana. There are dinner and show tours nightly or over night from most hotels and resorts. It’s a grand show at an outdoor theatre with many dancers in elaborate costumes.
Tropicana Cabaret is immensely popular in Havana, which is something of a paradox. It is perhaps surprising that an art form derived from de days of sleaze and decadence and symbolizing everything that the revolution abhors should have survived to thrive in revolutionary Cuba. You might have thought that cabaret could have come under the ax during the moral political purges of the early 1970s, but not at all. Gentle, inoffensive homosexual poets were hounded, but the blatantly exploitative breasts and asses razzmatazz of the Tropicana Cabaret flourished unabated.
Cubans love their Tropicana Cabaret or shows as they are known. Every provincial town has its own version of Tropicana Cabaret, some worse than others, but the basic formula is the same: a compere, a romantic tenor, a soprano, possibly a comedian and above all, the dancers! In Havana, cabarets are mostly located at the hotels. The Hotel Nacional de Cuba has a good one called Cabaret Parisien with obvious French flair, as does the Havana Cafe on Paseo next to the hotel Melia Cohiba. This one takes place against a particularly good setting of fifties memorabilia including an old Buick. There are shows at the Salon Rojo next to the Hotel Capri and in the Hotel Habana Libre`s Turquino, but the creme of cabarets in Havana is Tropicana in Marianao, in Calle 72 between 41 and 45.
“Tropicana Cabaret lots of breasts and asses”
If you’re going to Havana, you should go and enjoy Tropicana Cabaret culture. The dancers wear luxurious and gorgeous costumes. Overall, You will be satisfied with the Latin vibes
Tropicana Cabaret 2012
If you enjoy and appreciate Las Vegas style Tropicana Cabaret entertainment with a live orchestra, dozens of dancers and entertainers then the Tropicana Cabaret won’t disappoint. There´s an aspect of sexuality thrown in for good measure to get your blood churning…
We sat in the VIP area which is right next to the stage and the lighting leaves nothing to the imagination. Tropicana Cabaret is well worth the money and the packages which include drinks and meal cannot be beaten. Basically, if you calculate the cost of these at any high end restaurant then Tropicana Cabaret works out being free entertainment thrown in over and above the price of your meal and drinks.
For those of you who are single, after the Tropicana Cabaret there´s a disco which is packed full of the opposite sex (both men and women) and, there was also quite a high level of gay presence (I am a gay male) which makes a nice change from “routing out” gay attention in Havana…
“Tropicana Cabaret Gay scene”
All in all our Tropicana Cabaret night out was a great time and we´ll highly recommend it to anyone
Tropicana Cabaret 101
Tropicana Cabaret Reviews
I was doubtful about giving Tropicana Cabaret Reviews at first but it turned out to be good fun. The drinks were quite expensive and the little platters they serviced looked like samples but the show was good.
My Tropicana Cabaret Reviews are that the show itself was really good, lasting around two hours. The singers were fantastic and the dancers performed numerous acrobatic feats. The elaborate costumes were also something to behold and arguably the standout feautre of the show, mainly my Tropicana Cabaret Reviews are akin to something you might see at the Rio Carnival.
“Tropicana Cabaret Reviews after visit”
We were given a quarter bottle of rum each, some cans of cola, and a cigar. This makes my Tropicana Cabaret Reviews a little more positive drink wise… These were also really good, as you would expect them to be. However the food provided (small plates of meat and cheese) tasted terrible, and were duly given to a scrawny looking cat that was doing the rounds and seemed to appreciate it much more than us.
I guess the question is, given that this type and quality of show can be found all around Cuba, is it worth the cost? We left feeling not and had we been on a tighter budget, we would have certainly felt a lot more aggrieved. In short, having now seen the show, we would probably say this is a classic tourist gimmick rather than must-see ‘blow your mind’ type show.
Tropicana Cabaret Reviews
Somehow Tropicana Cabaret divides tourists. For some it is a must-see, a showcase of Cuba’s natural talent in music and dance. For others Tropicana Cabaret is a classic tourist gimmick, over hyped and overpriced. On arrival into Havana, we had already been told by a friend it was a ‘must see’ and then had it recommended further by our travel representative who described it as “Cuba’s Tropicana Cabaret show.”
Being on honeymoon and with more money than usual to spend, we decided to purchase the tickets which were 85 convertible pesos each about 120 USD. Considering the costs of other activities in Cuba, the show ranked easily as the most expensive but we were probably swept along by the “don’t want to miss out just in case it’s really amazing” temptation you can get when away.
“Tropicana Cabaret about 120 USD each”
We spent $200 to see this and that doesn’t include dinner. The show was moved indoors due to inclement weather which meant that the show was nearly an hour late starting and they don’t serve your inclusive drinks or snacks until the show starts! With the exception of the balancing act, the show was tired and repetitive. The dancers looked bored and disinterested. Because we had booked a taxi to collect us at the time it would normally have finished, we had to leave early. In some ways this was a relief. We have seen many of these tourist type shows over the years and this has been the worst.
On arrival to Tropicana Cabaret, having paid our 5 convertible pesos to use our camera, we were seated in the middle row, which we had paid for, although found ourselves at the very back of a table of ten people – and observed that the cheaper row behind us would in fact provide a less obscured view. The show is open air and it had been raining for several hours before, resulting in a tick-tock of droplets on our heads! Despite there being drink and food at Tropicana Cabaret as part of the ticket price, we spent the first 20mins without them and were instead offered to order drinks – we ordered a lager and a water which came to 8 convertible pesos, again very expensive. All this resulted in us feeling uncomfortable and pretty negative about the show from the start, which probably impacted on the rest of our night.
Here is a selection of some of Tropicana´s
Male and Female dancers 2012/2013
Attractive African Cuban dancer at Tropicana
Male & Female duo at Tropicana Havana
Longed legged middle aged Tropicana dancer in great shape!
One of the few buxom Tropicana dancers Yulaidy
A legend at Tropicana Havana over 10 years service
Beautiful African Cuban dancers at Tropicana
Happy to be at work!! Suleidy smiles for the crowd
The menacing stare makes you wonder what could be next?
One of the male dancers at Tropicana Varadero
The spectacular showplace that became The Tropicana evolved out of a Depression-era bohemian nightclub called Edén Concert, operated by Cuban impresario Victor de Correa. One day, two casino operators approached de Correa about opening a combination casino and cabaret on property on the outskirts of Havana rented from Guillermina Pérez Chaumont, known as Mina. The operators felt that the tropical gardens of her Villa Mina, would provide a lush natural setting for an outdoor cabaret. They cut a deal, and in December 1939, de Correa moved his company of singers, dancers and musicians into a converted mansion located on the estate. De Correa provided the food and entertainment, while Rafael Mascaro and Luis Bular operated the casino located in the chandeliered dining room of the estate’s mansion. Originally known as El Beau Site, de Correa decided to rename the club Tropicana, because of its tropical atmosphere and “na” after the last syllable of the original owner, Mina. With a fanfare from the Alfredo Brito Orchestra, the Club Tropicana, opened on December 30, 1939. Its popularity with tourists grew steadily until the outbreak of World War II, which sharply curtailed tourism to Cuba
Surrounded by lush vegetation visits can enjoy a glittering spectacle featuring over 200 singers, dancers, musicians and vocalists. The Tropicana Cabaret is Cuba’s most famous cabaret and is offered by Havanatur Bookings. It Opened in 1931, it’s known as the “Paradise under the Stars” and it has been pleasing crowds ever since.
Tickets can be ordered by phone from 10am – 6pm or buy them at the ticket booth at 8:30 pm (call ahead of time to check availability) reservations can be made through any travel agency desk located in most of the hotels.
Even though the Tropicana cabaret is a bit pricy it’s worth every convertible pesos. The dancers, the dresses and the live music all make you just sit back and enjoy the atmosphere at the outdoor scene that is converted to a dance floor for the audience after the show. I had a ringside seat and almost had to duck when the skirts were whirling around. If you want to take pictures it’s an extra 5 CUC.If you want to take video it’s an extra 15 CUC. My recipe for the camera was checked twice. Just keep it in your shirt pocket and the whole deal of showing it is a 3 second thing – no need to take your eyes off the show! The fantasies in the show can challenge everyone. When my 7 year old nephew saw my pictures he was totally amused: “She’s dancing with a chandelier on her head. It’s lit, and it hasn’t even fallen from the ceiling?
Tropicana Cabaret Address: 72 e/ 41 y 45, Marianao, Havana Phone: 267 17 17/267 0110