"Cuba by Car" Self-Drive Holiday
Cuba Explorer by Car
Cuba Self-Drive Holidays: Explore the largest Caribbean island at your own pace and discover Cuba's vibrant capital Havana, as well as other historical cities such as Trinidad and Santiago de Cuba.
- 14 days
- 12 days rental car
During this Cuba self-drive tour, you’ll travel through Cuba in your own rental car for a period of two weeks, visiting the major highlights of the country. The itinerary begins in the vivacious Cuban metropolis of Havana, before taking you to a series of interesting historical towns, including Trinidad and Santiago de Cuba. Your trip ends on the secluded whitewashed shores of Cayo de Coco. “Cuba Explorer by Car” is perfect for every independent traveler who prefers to experience Cuba spontaneously and at their own pace. What are you waiting for? Get acquainted with the country and its people while cruising by car through spectacular landscapes, historical sites and cities!
Cuba Highlights by Car
City Walk in Cienfuegos
One of the top stop-offs on this Cuba self-drive holiday is the city of Cienfuegos, which is also known as the "Pearl of the South“, and justly so! The city is characterised by impressive buildings with richly decorated facades, which were erected in the 19th century by wealthy French sugar barons settling in the trade port during the sugar industry boom, laying the urban foundations that give the city its unique feel. When Cienfuegos was connected to the railway network in 1860, Trinidad, another important sugar trade centre, could no longer compete, leading Cienfuegos to become the major centre of sugar exportation. Here, you can discover the past splendor of cosmopolitan culture as you visit "Teatro Tomás Terry", which is situated directly at the Parque Martí. It was built in 1889 and has seen world stars such as Enrico Caruso grace its stage. Another must-see in Cienfuegos is the "Palacio del Valle", an extraordinary building boasting a Moorish architectural style which was erected in 1917 and used to host a famous casino in the 1950s. On the tour you will stay at the hotel Jagua, which lies directly opposite of the Palacio del Valle and offers fantastic views across the bay.
One of the main highlights of Eastern Cuba is the picturesque city of Baracoa, which was founded by conquistador Diego Velazquez and was the first Spanish settlement in Cuba. It is said that modern Baracoa is located right on the spot where Christopher Columbus landed on his first voyage to the Americas. In the town's famous church, the “Catedral Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion”, you can see the “Cruz de la Parra”, a wooden cross that Columbus erected on the beach upon his arrival in Cuba. This church is also one of the oldest buildings in the country. Visitors to Baracoa will be treated to a rich historical heritage and charming colonial architecture, as well as a plethora of natural beauty. The city is surrounded by a marvelous tropical landscape including secluded beaches and virgin rainforests, and lies in the midst of the scenic mountain range, “Sierra del Purial”. On the horizon looms the most recognizable local landmark, a table-topped hill called El Yunque. Due to its geographical location, Baracoa remained cut off from much of the outside world for a long time, and it was only after the Revolution that a highway through the Sierra del Purial was constructed which finally connected Baracoa to the rest of Cuba, offering an alternative to its sole entrance by sea.
Island Feeling on Cayo Coco
This Cuba self-drive tour ends in the white sand beaches of Cayo Coco where you will have the chance to relax and soak up some sun. This island in the Atlantic Ocean belongs to the island group Jardines del Rey and lies at the north coast of Cuba. The island is connected to the mainland by a 17 km long man‐made causeway and is thus easily accessible by car. The causeway was originally constructed for military purposes. Crystal-clear turquoise water and silky-soft white sand make this place a gorgeous hideaway for those looking for relaxation. You can also go snorkeling or diving in pristine water around the island and admire the colourful life of the coral reefs. Cayo Coco also boasts a rich natural habitat and is home to a variety of bird life, including flamingos. On Cayo Coco there is something to see and do for everyone. The island offers a great way to end a fun and eventful holiday.