The vivacious city of Havana, the last city to be founded in Cuba by the Spanish conquistadores, is the largest city in the Caribbean and its legendary atmosphere lives on today. HAPPYCAR is here to help you find the best car hire Havana has to offer so you can take full advantage of this energetic city, and a direct car hire Havana Airport is also available. We check the prices of international and local providers so that you don’t have to check each website to provide you with the best deals on a car hire to make your money go further on a rental car that fits your specific needs. You have the options of choosing car size, pick up location and type of insurance to ensure you get the best deal on a great car hire!
An icon of Latino culture, Havana has withstood the test of time and its 500 years of turbulent history has moulded the city into an electric and often visceral beauty. Its coastal border is dramatic and there is an eclectic element to everything you see, from the people to the food, and the architecture echoes its storied past – you will find yourself driving past Brutalist office blocks, Neo-Gothic churches, Art Deco theaters and Neoclassical shops. Cuba’s love of music and dance asserts itself strongly in Havana, and quiet salsas break out all over town when night settles in. The loose flavor of Havana is infectious, and has been a favorite haunt of luminaries such as Ernest Hemingway and Federico Garcia Lorca over the years.
The opportunities to lose yourself in the Habaneran fray are endless. You can take a guided tour around Havana Vieja’s colonial monuments, take in a cabaret show, stroll past the fashionable graffiti or gaze at the sleek reconstructed 1950's cars that roll slowly by. Cuba has a huge art culture, and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes is a large and extensive museum devoted to international art from 500 BC. In the evening, Havana comes alive, and your best bet would be to grab a cigar, sip a daiquiri and salsa the night away in the many clubs and dance halls dotted over the city.
Old Havana is the ancient city formed from the port, and the historic city center is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site with over 900 landmarks, including the Presidential Palace and the 18th century Cathedral Square. Havana’s Chinatown is Latin America’s largest and best Chinatown, incorporated into the city in early 1900 when hundreds of thousands of Chinese workers were brought in by Spanish settlers, and many efforts are now being taken to preserve and revive the culture around Chinatown.
Cuban cuisine is a mixture of Spanish, African and Caribbean influences, with a dash of Chinese additions as well. Cooking is based on potatoes and plantain, rice and black beans, and convertible peso restaurants can be found all over the city that offers cheap and cheerful food. Many inexpensive restaurants can be found in Chinatown, and for a great ambiance head to Paladar in Miramar. Watering holes in Havana come in two types: there are Western-style CUC bars with Western prices, a wise selection of drinks and live music, and local neighborhood bars that offer a limited selection of quality drinks but offer some fantastic company.
No visit to Havana is complete without cruising down the famous seaside boulevard that leads form Old Havana to the bustling neighborhood of Vedado, and a Havana car rental can help with just that. The 8 kilometer trip is one of the most quintessentially Cuban thoroughfares and has some great sunsets. Just east of Havana lies Cojimar, famous for the home of Ernest Hemingway’s boat, El Pilar. A car hire in Havana can also take you to Miramar, where you can go snorkeling, sailing and deep-sea fishing, and close by is Varadero, a popular tropical resort. Whatever you choose, HAPPYCAR is here to help and we wish you a pleasant journey!