If you want to rent a car, do so before you go. But you might want to read this post to the end and our book before you do so! Once in Cuba the agencies never have the car you want or any car for that matter. Let me explain in this post why you should not rent a car and then if you still want to rent one how to do it.
Classic Cars and the Cubans That Keep Them Running
Cuban Cars: Why does Cuba have so many vintage Cars? Why Not Cuba?
Cuba feels more in flux now than it has in decades. At the same time airplanes full of tourists are landing in Cuba on direct flights from the U. In the government abolished a system that required citizens to attain a permit to buy a car, and loosened restrictions on new car imports. Roughly the three times the size of the New York metropolitan area and with a population of 11 million, there are an estimated 60, pre American cars still plying the Cuban streets. An easing of the U. Cubans are proud car owners, and yes, to maintain an American car for 50 years or more is a feat worthy of pride. Any given parking lot or square in Old Havana is a spilled Skittles bag of brightly colored metal, and every street echoes the deep thrum of Cadillacs, Chevys, Dodges, Buicks, Fords and more that originally rolled out of Detroit half a century ago.
10 Classic American Cars You Will See on a Trip to Cuba
With Miami just 90 miles away, Cuba under dictator Fulgencio Batista was a popular holiday destination for Americans in the s. They imported , Detroit-made cars to Cuba, only to abandon them following the Castro takeover in Though it may be renowned for its car fleet, actual car ownership in Cuba is relatively low, with only 60, cars between 11 million Cubans. As the Cuban-American rapprochement progressed there had been some speculation that American auto-collectors would jump at the chance to buy up examples of 40s and 50s classics, and bring them back to the States for restoration.
How is such a thing possible? Considering U. Here, we just want to celebrate the massive, colorful cruisers you could see on a trip to La Habana. Since many operate as taxis for tourists, anyone can get inside one for a small price. Note: Because the grilles and other details changed over the course of 60 years, take the calls on make and model year as our best guess.