Situated between the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas, Cuba is the largest Caribbean island. Famous for its cigars and political leaders, it has cosmopolitan cities such as Havana and national parks that include Parque Nacional Ciinaga de Zapata, the site of the Bay of Pigs invasion.
The island has much to offer those who want more than the opportunity to laze in the sun on a beach holiday. Take advantage of cheap car hire in Cuba to get out and about.
From historic, busy and bustling Havana and Santiago de Cuba to the quiet resort gems of the Cayos and Holguin; from cathedrals to crumbling colonial buildings; from the cultural gems of Cuban ballet to the Tropicana Club famous for its 1950s nightlife; from prehistoric rock carvings to tobacco plantations; there is so much to experience and see on the island.
You can arrange for your hire car to be picked up in resort or at airports such as Havana (HAV), Varadero (VRA), home to a purpose-built resort popular with many tourists, and Cayo Coco (CCC), ideal for exploring tropical island beaches. For the beaches of the northern coast use Holguin (HOG) and Camaguey (CMW) airports and Santiago (SCU) if you are looking for good music and some colonial history.
The most popular time to visit is between December and April although the year-round sunshine and warm weather make it an attractive destination at any time.
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You'll find exploring Cuba by hire car very easy thanks to a decent and quiet road network.
Havana is a great place to start as it's Cuba's capital, the centre of nightlife and boasts buildings from the colonial past. It became famous for the Rat Pack era of the 1950s. Explore its squares and buildings and drive along the famous Malecon waterfront. Step into the Museo de Revolucion and learn about the struggle to free the island from external influence.
Also head out to Finca Vigia, the home of Ernest Hemingway - it's easy to reach by car.
Historical attractions include Santiago de Cuba and the World Heritage Site of Trinidad on the south of the island as well as nearby Cienfuegos on the coast. At Santa Clara there is a mausoleum containing the remains of Che Guevara. With a hire car you can visit the tobacco plantations and explore the beautiful beaches.
Cuba boasts a stunning coastline which can be explored by car, with beach resorts such as Jardines del Rey and Varadero Beach offering snorkelling and diving.
Nature lovers should visit Viiales and Reserva de la Biosfera Sierra del Rosario, which is recognised by UNESCO for its importance, in the Pinar del Rio Province. Here you'll be able to visit tobacco plantations, explore caves and see stalactites, stalagmites and rivers hidden underground.