We have 11 full days in Cuba starting on September 14th. We had initially planned to spend most of that time in Havana and then go across to Matanzas for a few days - with day trips to Varaderos. Keeping it safe and chilled :)
However, since reading an article about a self drive trip from Havana to Trinidad (return) this is something we would definitely enjoy doing (open to suggestions for a route to take).
I've read a few responses on this forum re: driving but some are old posts so thought I'd ask the question.
My concern is that mid September seems to be hurricane season with potential rain - is driving in this type of weather safe - for the road conditions etc over there?
As background info - we've driven all over Australia (pot holed, corrugated gravel and sand tracks) over the last 10 years and will also be spending 2.5 months in a camper van throughout Europe before we land in Cuba (so will be used to the L-hand drive by then hopefully). Also have very (VERY!) basic Spanish (been going to classes over the last couple of years off and on).
So just being cautious about an unknown quantity here - unfamiliar country, unfamiliar roads, unfamiliar weather conditions possibly etc - by asking the question.
Other queries I have:
- re: car hire - can anyone recommend a reputable place in Havana that they've used or heard of please.
- Is pre-booking needed or is it easy enough to turn up to a hire place and do the deal?
- how much should we roughly budget per day for car hire? Fuel?
Any advice on this query - including ideas for a road trip would be most welcome!