"By car" Top 5 Page for this destination Cuba Transportation Tip by Helga67
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Renting a car in Cuba is quite expensive, make sure you already book it at home. When you would like to explore Cuba on your own and want to go off the beaten path to Cuba's natural beauties, it's the best way of transportation, as other public transportation is almost non-existing.
Make sure you bring a good road map from home because there are almost no road signs and maps in Cuba are not good. You will need a good orientation, or at least some knowledge of Spanish to ask the locals for directions.
Roads are not always in the best shape and rather empty apart from horse carts, pedestrians, bicycles, old timers, and some trucks. It is best not to drive at night, as there are many potholes and no lights.
Gasoline was not so difficult to obtain. You will receive a good map with indication of the petrol stations at your car rental company. Just make sure you don't wait until the last moment to fill your car. Petrol is rather expensive at 0.90 CUC per litre. Rental cars take the higher octane "especial".
Sometimes you will notice men by the side of the road waving their finger as if to say you can not drive there. Just ignore it. It is just to get you to stop so they can sell you something or get a free ride.
Driving on your own can be strenuous and giving a feel of guilt (see my local custom tip about hitchhikers).
Type: Car/Motor Home
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