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The Traveler’s Guide to Driving in Cuba

Cuba is a beautiful country that has gone through many changes. Now that travel to the country is easier, many people are visiting to see everything that the country has to offer, including a number of historical sites, and other attractions. You may want to visit Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca del Morro, which has been a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1997. Fortelaza de San Carlos de la Cabana is an 18th century fortification that is well worth a visit. Other places to consider include the National Art Museum, the National Capital, and the Malecon, an 8km sea drive.

Explore more with a rental car

If you want to get the most out of your trip to Cuba, you should consider getting a rental vehicle. The rental will allow you to visit all of the locations you want to see in a much shorter amount of time than waiting for public transportation or relying on taxis. Traveling in your own rental car is more comfortable as well. The rental company should have a phone number and emergency contact information available for you if you need to get in touch with them.

Road conditions and safety

The roadways in Cuba are actually in very good condition, which makes driving quite pleasant. Those who rent vehicles while they are staying in Cuba should find that most of the roads, except for perhaps dirt roads in rural areas, are easy to drive on, and the traffic is never much of a problem anywhere in the country.

The drivers in Cuba tend to be good and they obey the rules of the road. You should not have much trouble when it comes to acclimating to the way the drivers in Cuba behave while on the road. You will drive on the right side of the road and overtake on the left. Overtaking on the right is illegal. The driver and the front seat passenger are required to wear seatbelts. You cannot have your headlights on during the day. The only exception to this is for emergency vehicles.

People who are intoxicated cannot be close to the driver while he or she is behind the wheel. This means that anyone who has been drinking should stay in the backseat. Any alcohol at all in the system while driving is illegal. Children under two years old can only be in the vehicle if they are in a child seat. Children who are under twelve years old are not allowed to be in the front seats.

In order to drive a vehicle in Cuba, foreign visitors need to be at least 21 years old. They also need to have a valid driver’s license and an international driving permit.

Speed limits

There is often a heavy presence of police on the highways and roads, so it is important to obey the posted speed limits at all times. The speed limits are as follows.

  • Highways – 90 km/h
  • Freeways – 100 km/h
  • Rural roads – 60 km/h
  • Urban areas – 50 km/h
  • Children’s zones – 40 km/h

Consider all of the benefits that having a rental vehicle can provide when you are visiting Cuba.


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