This post is part of our Cuba series and focuses on planning a road trip around Cuba. We will release more details and impressions on each location we visited soon, so stay tuned for more!
Planning your road trip around Cuba
Cuba is an amazing country to explore. Especially going a bit further than the main tourist spots can be very much rewarded with incredible experiences and a new insight on the country. But as we pointed out in our last article, travel in Cuba also has its challenges. So good planning is key!
The city with so many things to do, from vintage car rides to nice bars and restaurants to impressive buildings and museums.
Amazing landscapes and nature, tobacco plantations, horse riding tracks and caves to explore.
Cozy small town with nice center square, art markets, and nature to explore around.
Wonderful colonial town with a sugar mill valley and waterfalls to explore in the area.
A short stop on our route – this city is full of history, culture and has a great art scene.
Santiago de Cuba
The second largest city of Cuba is a cultural hotspot, and has many interesting and strange spots to explore around.
Beach break for a few days of sun.
Another lovely colonial town that is great for some relaxation.
Another stop in this lovely town – there are many areas to explore!
An island full of beautiful beaches.
Time for last explorations and flying back home
Modes of transportation
If you want to see more of the country, a road trip around Cuba might be a great idea! You can do this in different ways, depending on how comfortable you are with driving through the country yourself – bus, taxi or driving yourself can all be options.
Taking a road trip by bus
If you prefer to not do the driving yourself, you can book busses to all major destinations around Cuba. Viazul is a good option for long distance bus travel in Cuba. This limits your flexibility a bit, but can be a comfortable way to manage long distances.
Renting a car
If you are alright with doing the driving yourself, renting a car can be a good option. Do not expect to get anything fancy – our car was a quite new Peugeot 206, and it was seen as a very modern drive. Be sure to check that you have insurance coverage. We found our car via an international comparison site, and paid with a credit card that includes insurance, which can be an easy solution. However, you might still need to pay upfront in the country in case of an accident.
Renting a car with driver
A more expensive but extremely comfortable option – it is quite common in Cuba to rent a car with a driver, who will take you around from spot to spot based on your wishes. You can do this for a short time (driving you to a sight outside the main city) or for a longer period. Be aware that you will need to cover accommodation for your driver as well.
Accomodation: Hotel vs. Casa particular
Book a hotel
Stay in a Casa Particular
How to navigate
With internet only available in few spots, it is really important to have a way of navigation in Cuba. We often missed out on major turns on the way as there were no signs, so we were glad to have a map to follow. The best experience we had was with maps.me – it works really well in Cuba and recognizes addresses, sometimes even casas particulares by their name.
Our backup option was here maps. It can be useful to have two options of offline maps, as accuracy varies for some places. With these two ready, we never had to search long for our way.