Car, jeep, scooter, and bicycle rentals
In Cuba the car rental business is mostly controlled by these two major companies:
TRANSTUR, operating under these brands: Cubacar, Rex and Havanautos
GRUPO GAVIOTA, operating under the brand: Via Transgaviota.
There’s a CUBACAR / HAVANAUTOS office at hotel Villa Jibacoa (aka Villa Tropico). There’s a scooter and bicycle rental office at hotel Memories Jibacoa and one at hotel Villa Jibacoa.
To rent a car or a jeep you need to show a driver’s license (from your home country) and your passport (a photocopy is usually sufficient), you’re also required to put down a deposit (usually 200-250 CUC) either in the form of a credit card hold or in cash or, until you return the vehicle. To rent a scooter you need only your passport, and to rent a bicycle they usually ask only for your name, hotel and room number.
Expect to pay around 60 CUC per day (~80 CUC on major holidays) for the smallest manual transmission car, and around 50 CUC daily on a 3-day or more basis. Automatic transmission cars (harder to find) and luxury cars usually starts at 80+ CUC per day. Insurance is extra and mandatory and costs 15-20 CUC per day (depending on model). Jeeps and cars are usually rented with a full tank of gasoline and you must return it full. Price for gasoline is approximately 1.20 CUC per liter for Regular, and approximately 1.40 CUC for “Gasolina Especial” (often required on rental contracts). There’s a gas station in the nearby town of Santa Cruz del Norte. Many rental offices (especially the ones located in the hotels) may give you a price including insurance and a prepaid tank of gasoline, in this case expect to pay around 120 CUC for 1 day (60 rental + 60 for insurance and gas), or around 240 CUC for 3 days (150 rental + 90 for insurance and gas).
13 CUC for 2 hours
16 CUC for 3 hours
19 CUC for 4 hours
25 CUC for 24 hours
If you rent for several days the price goes down, 2 to 4 days: 20 CUC per day, 5 to 12 days: 18 CUC per day. One liter of gasoline is included. Helmets are provided. Scooter rental at Memories Jibacoa
Expect to pay around
3 CUC for 3 hours
5 CUC for the day
Helmets are usually not provided, and are not mandatory.
Important to know:
There’s no gas station in Jibacoa, the nearest one is in Santa Cruz del Norte (about 10 km East of Playa Jibacoa).
Concerning the insurance included in the rental contract: coverage differs from the ones usually offered in North America or Europe. If you are found to be at fault in any way in an accident, the rental agencies will nullify your coverage and seek damages to cover the cost of repairs, which can be very high. Rental agencies are government-controlled and can prevent you from leaving the country unless they receive payment for the damages.
If you have an accident in which a third party is injured, you may have to assume full hospital costs for the injured person, and you may be prevented from leaving the country until all legal proceedings related to the case are resolved.
If you receive a ticket for a traffic violation, the policeman will write the fine on your rental contract and this amount will be deducted from your deposit when you return the vehicle.
Do not drive drunk!, not even a bicycle. Cuba has a zero tolerance policy and in the case of an accident, if alcohol is detected in your blood, you are likely to be presumed guilty.
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