Cruise down the Malecon

Classic Car Tour in Havana


There are an estimated 60,000 vintage cars in Cuba, the legacy of a trade embargo that causes drivers to work with, and maintain, what they have. The country is changing fast, but popping into the back seat of a classic vintage American car to explore the sites and sounds of Havana is a timeless experience. Lovingly polished, you can either rent a classic car for a tour from Havana’s Parque Central, or arrange a private tour. The Bucket List wants you to cruise down the Malecon with the top down, perhaps a fine cigar in your mouth. Things are changing in Cuba, and sure, there’ll probably be new cars on the road soon enough. All should make way for the bright coloured, diesel-powered Fords, Oldsmobiles, Chevrolets and Buicks of Havana’s yesteryear.

Length of Trip : 2-3 hours

Cost :
Prices to rent an open top classic car range from 60 to 90 CUC per hour (about $CA80 to CA$120).

Best time to go : November to April is Cuba's dry season.

Wheelchair friendly : Yes

Family friendly : Yes

Where to eat :
Doña Eutimia serves up fantastic local fare just off the Plaza de la Catedral. Cerveceria Fabrica Plaza Vieja - a craft brewery smack-bang overlooking the Plaza Vieja. Don't miss out on trying a paladares, a private restaurant in someone's home. Some are more sophisticated than others. For Italian dishes, try La Carboncita (+537 203 0261). For something a little more homely (and with a view, check out Castas y Tal (+537 833 1425)

Official Site :
Old Car Tours
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Where to Stay :
Melia Cohiba
Hotel Nacional, Havana
Hotel Iberostar Parque Central

Getting There :
You can either reserve a tour to pick you up at your hotel, or find one at the Parque Central.

Note from Robin :
Some drivers are a little more enthusiastic than others, so don't be disappointed if your guide is actually just a driver. You can do a little bargaining but prices are pretty much set. Before you ask, drivers won't let you take the wheel (these are their babies after all...)



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