Sun and sea in the Havana district of Santa Fe

Sun and sea in the Havana district of Santa Fe

Attractions & Excursions

Irene Ferrer

The coastal town of Santa Fe, in western Havana, dates back to the 18 th century, one of the places where you can enjoy the sun and the sea without leaving the capital.

Historians say that a hamlet was built there, with few inhabitants, next to a stretch of rocky coastline, with a profusion of mangroves and small lagoons that reached the beach, at the mouth of the Santa Ana River, whose name it adopted.

There is evidence, however, that those properties were inhabited by aboriginal agro-potters until the beginning of the seventeenth century, approximately, among them the discovery in the 1930s of a dujo, the ceremonial seat of aboriginal chiefs, and a cave with human remains, tools and food from prehistoric times.

The town of Santa Ana burned down twice, in 1903 and 1908, and the neighbors created a new location on more favorable lands, donated by Doña Concepción García, owner of the Taoro farm. It is said that during a celebration party for the recent location, the site received its name of Santa Fe, from a few verses that expressed the confidence of the residents in their new destination.

Other chroniclers point out that they chose the name of saints, according to the date they met. The Taoro sugar mill is among the outstanding sites in that environment. It was built in the first half of the 19th century and its ruins were declared a National Heritage Site in 1980.

After a relatively slow development, Santa Fe boomed in the 1930s and 1940s, with the approval of an urbanization project and the subsequent construction of residences and a variety of recreational institutions.

Today, belonging to the Havana municipality of Playa, the attractive town invites you to discover its well-defined streets, its comfortable homes, its pleasant social environment and its friendly beach.