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Cuba’s timeworn charms are now freely available to visitors looking to explore this country whose history is as fascinating as its music.
From the dignified but dilapidated capital of Havana to the pristine beaches, Cuba is best discovered at a relaxed pace. And car hire in Cuba with Expedia lets you pull over whenever you fancy and reach all of its sights in your own time.
So, pull on that seatbelt and hit the gas: Cuba is waiting to be discovered.
Most UK visitors will land in José Martí International Airport. Sometimes referred to by its former name of Rancho-Boyeros Airport, it’s located about 10 miles southwest of the capital, Havana.
Expedia can arrange your car hire from the airport itself, so you can jump in your waiting car and hit the capital or head for your resort in no time at all. But, if you’d prefer, it is also possible to arrange car hire when you are in many other cities, towns and resorts in Cuba.
Not only do you have an excellent choice of car hire location we also ensure that all the latest deals are always available to you when you book. Your search for car hire in Cuba will return results that can be sorted and filtered by price, location and car type.
And don’t believe the mythmakers who claim that only rundown American cars from the 1950s are available in Cuba! You will have a great choice of cars available to hire. To travel around the island in style you may wish to opt for one of our executive cars or, if you are travelling on a budget, perhaps an economical mini-class car would suit? Families and larger group can select the comfort of an SUV to ensure that everyone has space to shake their thing when the salsa music is blaring from the car’s stereo.
Of course, when you arrange car rental in Cuba it’s your choice where you will head. And that is the beauty of it – you are free to drive looking for the perfect beach, seek out local joints to enjoy Cuban cuisine or take in the history and atmosphere of the cities.
To help you decide where you may wish to head for, here is a suggested two-week drive that you could easily follow when you hire a car in Cuba. It covers all the highlights of western Cuba, allowing you to motor through small towns and villages and park up at beautiful beaches and attractions.
Starting in historic Old Havana you can explore its timeworn elegance and soak up its infectious sense of fun. Linger in its plazas, sample its rums in the Havana Club factory and watch the sunset along the Malecon. The city’s museums offer a fascinating insight into the history of Cuba and the city’s cafes sure do serve a mean mojito to sip as you watch the world go by.
Relaxed and refreshed it’s time to hit the road. Heading southwest, it’s a two-hour drive to Vinales. As you approach the valley becomes a unique landscape of tobacco plantations, farmland and limestone outcrops. In the Pinar del Rio province you can ride on horseback through the farmland or take a cycle into the hills to see the remarkable networks of caves hidden within. At local factories there’s the chance to and learn how cigars are made by hand.
A short drive from Vinales takes you to the small, rural community of Las Terrazas. It’s a fascinating place that was developed to protect the local environment and generate employment. Wildlife is in abundance here, so it’s perfect for following walking trails to see birds and waterfalls. After the bustle of Havana, it’s a real joy to explore the tranquillity of the Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve here.
It’s a longer drive of about four to five hours as you head for Cienfuegos, but there are plenty of opportunities to stop on the way. At the Zapata Peninsula wetlands you can spot the crocodiles lurking by the water’s edge, and at Playa Iron a museum brings the era of the Bay of Pigs invasion to life.
Refreshed after a night’s sleep in one of Cienfuegos colonial hotels it’s the shortest of drives to Trinidad, a city with Unesco World Heritage Site status. This beautiful city has been restored to its former glory, and its brightly coloured buildings, cobbled streets and wonderful museums and shops are perfect for a spot of aimless wandering.
Around the city there is Ancon beach to relax on or the valley of the sugar mills to explore. Take a stroll in Escambray mountains to discover hidden waterfalls.
Driving back toward Havana you can stop off at Santa Clara to visit the museum of Che Guevara before you arrive at Varadero, just along the north coast of Cuba. This is your chance to feel the warmth and relaxation of the Caribbean as you chill out on this idyllic stretch of white sand beach, caressed by the gentle, azure blue waters.
And, that’s how to see Cuba in style.