It might be touristy but one thing Marc and I definitely wanted to do on our honeymoon was to go riding in a vintage car in Havana.
Luckily, it ended up being super easy to arrange, as one of the main town squares – Plaza Vieja – is completely packed with rows upon rows of rainbow coloured vintage cars on offer (and plenty of hassling touts to accompany them). From berry Chevvys to cherry red Buicks, this square has them all.
You simply have to ignore the touts, choose your favourite car and barter on the price. Most will quote about £40 per person but we managed to find someone to take us for £20. His English wasn’t the best and his pink Chrysler wasn’t quite as popular as some of the other cars which is why he was cheaper but we knew the experience wouldn’t be that different. (Especially as we were visiting after the hurricane and knew that because of the damage on the roads, most drivers wouldn’t be able to take us around the full route).
Luckily for us, it was really good fun.
We went zooming through old town Havana, complete with colourful, crumbling buildings and 50s cars lining the streets…
Through to ‘Revolution Square’, where political rallies are often held and the murals of both Che Guevara and Fidel Castro hang on 1960s-style grey, utilitarian blocks:
At this point, a saucy little Buick pulled up and the drivers suggested we swap over to take pictures in each other’s cars – a great way of getting ourselves a pic in one of the beautiful red cars whilst also saving money!
Then we drove over to John Lennon park where you can find his statue chilling on one of the benches:
Before heading back through new Havana and finishing the night watching the sun set from the Ambos Mudos Hotel rooftop bar.
It may have been touristy but it was one tourist activity that we are so pleased that we did.
Cuba, you may have made me a car person.