Havana is the capital of Cuba and one of the top tourist destinations in the Caribbean Islands. Despite being so close to the USA mainland and Florida, Havana is off limits to U.S. citizens and investment. This has somehow kept Havana frozen in a time warp, allowing visitors to see Cuba as it was 50 years ago. In fact, it is even better because Old Havana is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is being restored to its former glory. Get a car for hire in Havana and head out for themed booze tours, visits to cigar factories, and pristine white sand beaches at Playas del Este, just a short drive from the city, to make it a very complete and exotic vacation experience.
Cuba is famous for a lot of things, but the best of them all are the rum and perhaps the Cuban cigars. It is not just that they make deadly Mojitos and daiquiris, but there is also a lot of heritage behind the drinks. You can get a car for rent in Havana and head out for a themed rum tour to see the Havana Club Rum Factory and the headquarters of the Bacardi Rum clan. You can then gulp down Mojitos, daiquiris, or a Cuba Libre at bars like Floridita and La Bodeguita del Medio, where Hemingway used to hangout. If you enjoy all this, then you will surely like a tour of the Partagas cigar factory.
You can combine the above booze tour with a tourist sightseeing expedition. For example, when you stop by La Bodeguita del Medio for a drink, you also get to see Plaza de la Cathedral. Floridita is likewise near Edificio Bacardi, the former Bacardi headquarters. The Partagas cigar factory is just a hop from the capitol building. You might also enjoy a nice walk and a view of the bay along the Malecon. Other spots worth a visit include Old Havana, Chinatown, Plaza de la Revolución, and Plaza de Armas.
Havana is not as popular for beach holidays as the Holguin beaches, Varadero, Cayo Coco or Playa Saint Lucia near Camagueey. But Havana does have some nice beaches in the vicinity. The best place near Havana to soak in the sun and frolic on a nice beach is at Playas del Este, about 12 miles east of the city. The nearest beach is Bacuranao. While the popular ones at Santa Maria del Mar are filled with hordes of tourists, locals who want some quiet down time away from the crowds prefer the Mar Azul beach near Alamar. Other beaches within reach include Boca Ciega and Playa Guanabo.
Passengers landing at Jose Marti International (HAV) have the option to hire a car in Havana from six different providers. Furthermore, every major hotel that caters to tourists has a car hire counter in the lobby. You can get hold of a good deal and have a vehicle on standby for you by comparing all these providers online and booking the one you want right now.
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