Getting around in Havana

Havana stole my heart. It is one of the Caribbeans most authentic cities I’ve visited so far. In this post I’ll share with you where to stay & what kind of vehicles this city has to offer. It’s the first part of my city guide of how to get around in Havana.

Cuba is an island like no other. With it’s own charms, time-bending surroundings it will mesmerize you for sure. We stayed a total of 8 days in Cuba. The first 3 nights in the beautiful city of Havana, traveled for 2 nights to the authentic city of Trinidad & stayed our last 2 nights in Havana again. We had a bit of rain, but when you live on a sunny island yourself you don’t really mind.

Havana can be divided in 3 main area’s: Habana Vieja (Old Havana), Central Havana & Vedado. We stayed all our Havana nights in Habana Vieja but we’ve seen Havana Centrum as well.

📸 by Delphin D. Nak

Getting around

Cuba is famous for its old vintage cars. You’ll not be disappointed! Everywhere you look you see these amazing cars in all colors you can possibly imagine. There are plenty of them in the city used for taxi, Classic Car tours to all of Havana’s touristic main points or for personal use. When in Havana you should definitely take a ride with such a car at least once. We’ve tried to take as many vintage car rides as possible. The smell, sound & feeling in such a car is just indescribable.

Classic (American) Cars are not the only way of getting around. There are the state caps, coco taxi’s & bicycle taxi’s.

A coco taxi is a small yellow circle on 3 wheels. It’s a crazy, weird vehicle but very popular in the city. One of its popular features is the difference in price compared with a car taxi. It is a lot faster than the bicycle taxi as well, but slower than a normal car. It also ain’t that steady so you better make sure you divide the weight equally. It was an adventure to ride in one of those!

A bicycle taxi is as referred to: a taxi that’s being bicycled. Its in the shape on an triangle and goes really slow. Sometimes the driver has a radio build on top which will make the experience even more fun. It’s the most cheap way of getting from A to B (Apart form walking of course). We took a bicycle taxi in Trindad (you’ll read more about that in the Trinidad post!).

Where to stay

While planning your trip to this city you want to make it unforgettable. One way of doing that is by booking your stays at a casa particular.

What is a casa particular?

As mentioned in my previous Prepping for CUBA! post, a casa particular is basically a personalized bed&breakfast. We have experienced the Cuban life by our friendly hostesses who invited us into their homes. More Cuban than that you won’t get!

Casa Zaiden - 📸 by Delphin D. Nak
Rooftop Balcony at Casa Zaiden

Casa Zaiden

This casa was probably my favorite of all. It is at a perfect spot in Old Havana (La Habana Vieja) from where you can easily get to all the main points. Our hostess was a friendly, helpful, enthusiastic young woman who introduced us to her cute daughter and to her home. The house itself is very old and furnished with all these old odd little gems. It has a balcony at the common room & a table at the patio for breakfasts.

Our room was build on the roof with 2 private balcony’s : one directly next to our room & one above it. From here you could overlook the ocean, the city and the Russian Orthodox Church. The streetview of all 3 balconies were amazing too: such an authentic experience. To book her casa (highly recommended!) click here.

More photo’s of Casa Zaiden:

Casa El Patio

Our last 2 nights in Havana we stayed at Casa El Patio. This Casa has a more modern interior build in an old house. It is located at the other side of El Capitolo (Cuba’s replica of the white house) and therefore in a much different neighborhood. It is still part of Old Havana but at the other edge. Here there is more traffic, more people. I have to admit that this neighborhood was in comparison to the others my least favorite.

What I do loved about this casa where it’s animals! Such cute dogs and a cat that came to greet you each morning while you had your breakfast at its patio. The patio itself is gorgeous, with a lot of greens around you and gives you a quiet, peaceful space in the middle of all the fuzz and buzz of the city. To book your stay at El Patio click here.

Photo’s of El Patio:

 

So many things to share about this amazing city. Can’t wait to show you guys how to get around for hotspots, restaurants & ofcourse Havana’s bars (hint: mojito’s everywhere).

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30 thoughts on “Getting around in Havana

  1. If Mojito is everywhere, I definitely need to go there. As soon as I read the title of the post, I told myself: old cars, Cuban cigarettes and great architecture. Thanks for taking me there with you.

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    1. You’re more than welcome! Glad my Havana adventures helped you (re)discover the land of the Mojito’s!

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  2. These pictures are gorgeous, it sounds like you had an amazing time! I’d love to visit one day!- https://sophiehearts.net x

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    1. Thank you love! Yes it is by far the best trip I’ve taken – if you find yourself able to do so one day i’d definitely recommend it!

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  3. See everytime that I think of Havana I think of the song by Camilla Cabello! As someone who is interested in traveling more next year there is something about Cuba that I am instantly attracted to. I love that El Patio has so many cute animals!

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    1. I get the reference, every time that song comes up it takes me right back to my Cuba travels. The animals were adorable!

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  4. Havana looks amazing! It’s at the top of my bucket list, this guide has definitely made me want to visit soon!! 🙂 x

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  5. I love the pictures, everything looks so vintage and beautiful. Hope to visit Cuba someday!

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    1. Thank you! What I love about the pictures it that it really captured how we experienced Cuba – vintage, vibrant & beautiful. Thanks again!

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  6. Cuba is a place I always wanted to see. In particular Havana. Some day soon I will visit Cuba.
    I enjoyed the pictures of the old cars.

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    1. Thank you! If you ever find yourself able to go, I’d say hop on that plane & visit this mesmerizing city.

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  7. Cuba is high on my list of places I want to travel to, I’ve always been intrigued with the culture, food, and people. I’ll be living in Medellin starting january so I hope to make it out.

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    1. Oh Medellin is still on my travel list! I hope 2018 is going to be a good year for you, full of travel & maybe a Cuba opportunity!

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  8. Seeing Havana is a great place. I have never been here, but your photos are beautiful. I will save in order to come here next summer.

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    1. Thank you! If you can, you should! Havana is more than worth it!

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  9. I truly hope the coming new year will take me to Avana! Every time I see pictures and I read posts like this my Cuba wanderlust increases! When I’ll go I will choose a casa particular!

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    1. So glad I could help you with your wanderlust! And yes, a casa particular is the best advise I could possibly give you. It adds so much to your Cuba experience!

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  10. Kristine Nicole Alessandra December 25, 2017 — 8:35 am

    Those vintage cars are so neat! I remember my grandfather owning one like that. I would love to get a chance to visit Havana and take a ride in one of those cars. It is going to bring back so many happy memories of my childhood with my grandpa picking me up from school in his big blue car.

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    1. They’re neat indeed! Everywhere you looked you could spot them – If you find yourself able to, yes please do so! It’s a wonderful experience!

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  11. I went to Cuba last November, but unfortunately only stayed in a resort in Guardalavaca, I didn’t venture as far as Havana 😦 this post definitely has me wanting to go back – I adore all the classic American cars, and Casa Zaiden looks charming! X

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    1. How great that you’ve been to Cuba already! Glad I could introduce Havana to you!

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  12. I had plans of visiting Havana this year but couldn’t make it! Hope to make it in 2018!

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    1. That would be wonderful! I lost my hart in old Havana (oh na na)

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  13. Wow! I never thought that havana is a wonderful place. I wish i can visit here someday with friends. Looks so fun!

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    1. Glad I could introduce Havana to you! 😁

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  14. Pictures are so beautiful and I wish I could visit here some days.Thanks for taking me there virtually.It was a great post indeed

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    1. Thank you so much! It was my pleasure (:

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  15. The pictures are absolutely majestic! What a wonderful article and beautiful place!

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    1. Thank you so much! Havana is majestic indeed – hard to be anything than positive about it.

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