The Tropicana Casino and Nightclub opened in a lush garden in Havana on December 30, 1939. The 2nd World War swept Europe, “Gone With the Wind” had just been released in the United States and a young rebel named Fidel Castro was 13 years old.
In its early days Celia Cruz, Liberace, Carmen Miranda, Yma Sumac, Paul Robeson and Orfelia Fox came to the stage. On many of nights the guests were equally famous, such as Marlon Brando, Sammy Davis Jr., Greta Garbo and other Hollywood stars. The Tropicana was the place to be and be seen. There was even a Cubana Airlines plane, with live music and a bar, that took clients from Miami every night for the show and brought them back the next morning.
Much has changed over the last 70 years in Cuba, but not the Tropicana show. The Tropicana is a blend of traditional charm and kitsch, sin and sensuality, sequins, feathers, dancers and tropical rhythms: the ingredients that have made it one of the most famous nightclubs in the world.
At 9pm the club opens its doors, and the show starts at 10pm with a wonderful dance featuring 200 dancers offering a spectacle of color, feathers, sequins and sensuality. When the show ends, you have the chance to dance on stage with these goddesses of the “Paradise under the stars”, the nickname of this famous club.
The club can host up to 1,500 people seated, who pay $80 for a show with dinner included. It is by far the most expensive night out in town, but it is money well spent!
Be warned, it is a sin to visit Havana and not attend this unique show at least once!
“A few minutes away from the Tropicana Cabaret is the IBEROSTAR Parque Central hotel, a 5 star hotel located in the center of Havana with spectacular views over the city, which can be appreciated from the rooms or spa. The IBEROSTAR Parque Central hotel is considered the best hotel in Havana.”