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Car Hire - Santiago De Cuba to Havana

by Gregsta Online Now Apr 15, 2003 at 1:47 AM

You may be able to tell my itinerary from my questions :) I want to hire a car from Santiago de Cuba but return the car in Habana. Is this kind of hire ok in cuba or do you have to return the car to the hire office that you picked the car up from? As ever many thanks for your replies. Gregsta

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  • Re: Car Hire - Santiago De Cuba to Havana

    by ilmitz Online Now Apr 15, 2003 at 7:26 AM

    your going to drive from Santiago to Havana? wow. enjoy the trip. I would check with cubacar - they rent most cars in cuba http://www.cuba.tc/cubacar.html however cars are expensive to rent.

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    Re: Re: Car Hire - Santiago De Cuba to Havana

    by RickL Online Now Apr 25, 2003 at 8:52 PM

    Last summer we rented 2 vehicles for six people to travel across Cuba. We had rented 2 "economy" cars and they were very small and had almost no trunk space! From Varadero, the first stop was Holguin which was a mere 663 Km. Not only were we delayed by the horse carts, bicycles and tractors but it was necessary to stop and ask for directions at regular intervals due to the lack of signs along the Caraterra Principal and Autopista! The Autopuista is in very good shape and 4 lanes through 2/3rds of the island. However, it is very easy to merge onto another thoroughfare and never see a reasuring sign that you are headed anywhere in particular! We reached Holguin in a mere 12 hours. We had a short second day planned trying to get to Santiago (143 Km.) to drop off some people and then on to Guantanamo (another 86 Km.). Again, we left at 9 in the morning and reached Santiago in 4 hours and Gitmo by 3:30 pm! Sometimes there were trees or vehicles crossing the road with no signs telling you how to get around these obstacles. If you insist on driving in Cuba you will need 1) a knowledge of Spanish as you will be asking for directions 2) a lot of patience 3) a lot of time, be sure to budget twice as much time as you normally would travelling in N. America. we dropped off one car and the fee was very small at around20 or 30. Buenas vacaciones! Here are websites of 2 car rental agencies in Cuba: http://www.cubacar.cubanacan.cu/ http://www.havanautos.cu/

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