Cuba – Road Trip and Beaches

By | September 20, 2021

Book a trip to Cuba with lots of freedom on four wheels. You can decide the pace and destinations yourself. Enjoy adventure, experiences and an ending on one of Cuba’s finest beaches in Varadero.

The adventure begins in the historic city of Havana, Cuba. An exciting big city with 2.2 million inhabitants which, however, feels smaller and is a nice gateway to the country. The whole city is full of life, something that you will notice during a walk along the beautiful streets with remnants and atmosphere from the Spanish colonial era. The bars, restaurants and cafes are buzzing with life and atmosphere with music groups filling the streets and restaurants with dancing music. A Chevrolet from the 50’s or a horse-drawn carriage in the middle of the street crowd moves you to a time when you could expect a meeting with Ernest Hemingway on the next street corner.

After the experiences in Havana, the journey continues by car to the beautiful Viñales valley and the fantastic beaches of Playa Giron. After a few days on the beach, drive on to Cuba’s historic cities of Cienfuegos, Trinidad and Santa Clara before ending your Cuba adventure back in Havana. See more information about Cuba on smber.

Making a road trip to Cuba is easy. Partly because the distances between the various sights are affordable, partly due to the simple road network. In addition, you drive on the right side of the road, just like in Sweden. With that said, you should always be aware that even if there is not much traffic, you can encounter both bicycles and horse-drawn carriages on the highways. Maintenance is a bit neglected and watch out for holes in the pavement. The Cubans are not very good at signage either, but that is only part of the adventure.

Day 1: Departure Sweden and arrival Cuba

Departure from Sweden to Cuba, where you arrive the same day. You will be picked up at the airport and driven to the hotel in Havana.

Day 2: Havana, Cuba

Today you get to experience Havana during a guided bike ride around the city’s charming neighborhood. You see, among other things, the historic districts, Vedado, Miramar and bicycles along the Plaza de la Revolución. Later you pick up your rental car together with a representative from our partner here in Cuba. In this way, you pick up the car in peace and quiet and have time with any questions about your trip around the country. When the car is picked up, you drive back to your casa particular. The rest of the day is on its own. ( F )

Day 3-15: Continue by car on your own

The next few days are spent on your own, where you have full freedom to do exactly what you want. The car is ready and picked up – now it’s time to go on an adventure. There are a lot of beautiful, historic cities to visit in Cuba, including: Santa Clara – a historic city that offers many monuments and museums, this because it was the first city to be liberated from Batista’s army and dictatorship. In addition, Santa Clara offers an absolutely fantastic nightlife. Trinidad – probably one of Cuba’s most touristy cities, but definitely one that should be visited. The city is incredibly nice and can be explored on foot or in a horse-drawn carriage, so that you can experience the many beautiful buildings from the colonial era. In addition, Sockermöllornas Dal is a must when you are in Trinidad. It is a large area with about 70 sugar mills, a proof of how important sugar production is for the country’s economy. Cayo Levisa – here you have the opportunity to relax, drink mojitos, swim and enjoy the tranquility. Cienfuegos – also called the “Pearl of the South”. A newer city, known for its beautiful coastline and magnificent architecture. Viñales – the city is located in the middle of a valley and is surrounded by perhaps the most beautiful nature you can find in Cuba. Surrounded by limestone mountains, you have the opportunity to take a walk through the valley on horseback, where you get to see the famous and lush tobacco plantations that are still managed in the old-fashioned and traditional way. Bay of Pigs – Here you can visit a museum about the Battle of Pigs Bay, where Cuba succeeded in repelling an American invasion in 1961 with the aim of overthrowing Fidel Castro’s government. In addition to history, the place is also worth a visit for its rich wildlife, consisting of, for example, crocodiles, flamingos and other rare bird species. On your tour of Cuba, you will often see Cubans standing by the roadside and taking lifts. If you want to offer a lift, it’s a fun way to get to know the Cubans. It is an advantage to know a little Spanish, as the locals usually do not speak English. If you only know a few simple Spanish words, it will generate smiles and recognition among Cubans.

Day 16-20: Varadero

Today you will hand in the car in Varadero, where you will then check in at your hotel and enjoy the next few days. Varadero offers some of Cuba’s best beaches, and you can spend time diving and snorkeling or just relaxing.

Day 21: Departure from Cuba and arrival in Sweden

Today you will be picked up and driven back to Havana, from where the journey will take you home to Scandinavia.

Overnight stays

Two nights at Casa Particular (private accommodation) in Havana
Three nights at a 3-star hotel in Varadero

Cuba - Road Trip and Beaches