This map appears to have an urban setting, similar to Cracked or Invasion. There are a lot of chokepoints in this map, especially when playing Domination or Demolition, featuring many buildings in which combat and camping are often seen. The map is very balanced as it supports all types of weapons wildly. Spawn-trapping is incredibly easy with a Chopper Gunner or Gunship in these game modes, especially in Domination when one team has A, because the entire team will spawn there and become subject to heavy fire as they spawn. Havana was also removed from the Demolition playlist in the most recent patch.
The map layout contains striking similarities to the multiplayer map "Crossfire" from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfarewith the main roads forming a "Z" shape, with either team's spawn being on each respective ends.
The song being played throughout the match in the bar is Quimbara, which is the same song played in the beginning of "Operation 40". It is sung by Celia Cruz and Tito Puente, both of whom are very famous salsa musicians.
The Wii version of Black Ops contains a similar, but much smaller version of Havana. The alleyways on the top and bottom are cut off, making the center buildings and street the only playable parts of the map.