If you find yourself in Parque Centrale, don’t miss the chance to see Havana in style. As soon as you reach the edge of the park, just opposite the historic hotel Inglaterra, you will immediately be approached by a bunch of Cuban entrepreneurs, holding laminated maps and promising you a fantastic tour in one of their 1950’s classic American convertibles.
It was so much fun driving through the bumpy streets without any seatbelts on. We loved exploring Havana at street level and visit the famous Historic and Military Park.
Whizzing through the streets of Havana
Don’t hesitate and for 30 CUC (Convertible Pesos), let the Cuban entrepreneurs whiz you through Miramar, Central Havana, Vedado, the Malecon, 5th Avenue, Revolution Square, and more.
Mots of the drivers will speak good English and will tell you a little bit about the objects you are passing by. They all have laminated maps with different routes. You can choose to have a 1 hour or a 30 minute tour. We chose the latter as to start with, we were a little suspicious about these tours.
Most of the tours are genuine, but just like everywhere else in the world, scams do occur when visitors are taken to souvenir or food & drink places along the way. But most of the time you will be offered the ‘best Cuba Libre in Havana.’
Historical and Military Park in Havana
Once we had a drive through the busy streets of Havana, we took off to the Parque Histórico Militar El Morro-La Cabaña. The park is a fascinating place to see.
When we got out of the car, we were approached by a man dress in what looked like a police officer. He asked us to pay for the entrance to the park, which we found a little bit weird. It was just 1 CUC each, but still, it seemed like it was a public park and we couldn’t see any official ticket office. Other than that, we really enjoyed our visit to the park.
The park, built by the Spanish in 16th century, contains a selection of weapons and a massive catapult. The interesting thing about this park is that every evening at 9 pm on the dot, a cannon is fired across the bay by soldiers in 18th-century military uniforms. Really cool.
In the park we also found the museum of Che Guevara, which houses lots of photographs and Che’s personal belongings. We didn’t go inside due to our short tour, but will definitely pop in next time we are in Havana.
Next to Che’s museum, you will see the 20m high Cristo de la Habana statue by Cuban sculptor Jilma Madera, overlooking the bay in Havana. It can be seen from many places in the city and makes you feel very small when you stand next to it. There is also a great panoramic viewpoint at the site of the sculpture.
We really liked our 30 minute tour in a pink convertible, in fact, we loved it so much we had a another 1 hour spin just before leaving Cuba.
If you are planning a trip to Cuba you might like to check out Our Complete Guide to Booking a Casa Particular in Cuba.
Have you done a tour in the 1950’s convertible in Havana? Where did you go? Let us know in the comments.