Cuba by Camper
Cuba by Camper is a special program for traveling by camper. Cruise through Cuba at your own pace, knowing where to sleep. In your camper, of course, safely parked at one of the 19 selected and adapted camping sites.
No worries about refuelling water, charging electricity or get rid of garbage. The campgrounds; pitches beautifully situated next to hotels, provide conveniences and facilities. Think of the pool, gym, restaurant or evening entertainment.
Cuba on the Road is a new concept. Twenty ears ago, hardly any campers were seen on the Cuban roads. Only recently, facilities were optimized for this popular form of travel.
During the day you are the king of the road in your brand-new Italian camper. The evenings are safe and cozy, near a hotel, close to nature or authentic towns.
Cuba has set a wonderful new touristic proposal in motion.
Feel free, choose your campgrounds, your route and length of stay. Below we have worked out a tour for you. It is just an example. Vamos campereando!
There are 19 camping sites selected meeting the standards for a stay in camper. With the exception of Cayo Coco, they are located in Cuba’s west, central and central-south.
- Havana: Marina Hemingway
- Las Terrazas: Community parking area
- Soroa: Hotel Villa Soroa
- Viñales: Hotel La Ermita
- Pinar del Rio (province): Vega de Tabaco Hoya de Mena
- Pinar del Rio (province): Hotel María La Gorda (international diving center)
- Pinar del Rio (province): Villa Cabo de San Antonio
- Jibacoa: Hotel Villa Trópico
- Varadero: Parque Josone
- Ciénaga de Zapata: Hotel Villa Playa Larga
- Cienfuegos (province): International diving center Guajimico
- Cienfuegos: Hotel Faro Luna
- Trinidad: Hotel Costa Sur
- Trinidad: Hotel Las Cuevas
- Sancti Spíritus (province) - Topes de Collantes: Villa Caburní
- Santa Clara: Hotel Villa La Granjita
- Santa Clara: Hotel Villa Los Caneyes
- Cayo Las Brujas - Jardines del Rey: Villa Las Brujas
- Cayo Coco: Hotel Colonial Cayo Coco
- We offer 2 types of campers, both structured on Fiat Ducato.
Both models have sleeping facility for 4 adults + 2 additional beds, fit for children.
The difference between the camper models 'Rimor' and 'Dynamic' is the interior lay-out, whereas both offering the same facilities. Both are brand new models, Made in Italy.
- The Fiat Ducato comes with Turbo diesel, automatic transmission, offering autonomy, comfort and safety. Toilet and shower (including towels), kitchen corner (including utensils), heating system for water, air conditioning, comfortable beds (including linen). Retractable awning to enjoy the outdoors during rest stops, foldable table and four chairs.
- Your trip, your way
- Booked and organised in Cuba
- Our local roots, we live in Cuba
- 24/7 support by our local hosts
- Recommended for
- Adventure, Nature
- Departure time
- Starts in Havana, ends in Havana, with transfers included from and to Havana Airport on departure day.
- Not applicable - this is a self-guided tour
- Activity level
- Easy (light walking)
- Insider's tip
- You can adapt this travel program to your personal wishes. You can add or remove destinations, you can extend or shorten the trip. Do you want alternative accommodation, campground or route? Add activities or excursions? Do you want any other travel services? We are happy to help you.
Day 1: Arrival in Havana
Habana Vieja, the old town, was founded in 1519 by the Spaniards. Today, 500 years later, it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in Latin America, colorful, lively, both traditional as hip, magical as realistic. Havana is a party.
You find cathedrals, colonial palaces, inviting squares, and a maze of adorable alleyways. If you want to get to know the Habaneros, go to the Malecón, the boulevard, the seawall, the alternative to everyday live for many residents. From fishermen to lovers, from musicians to entire families, everyone comes together at the Malecón.
You will stay in a Casa Particular (private guesthouse) in Old Havana. Wander through this fascinating backdrop of monumental sights and enjoy this vibrant city. Hosanna Havana!
Overnight Havana: Casa Particular Old Havana, including breakfast.
Day 2: Explore the city of Havana
The compact, car-free center of Havana (UNESCO world heritage since 1982) is a sublime melting pot of culture, history and architecture.
From tomorrow you will navigate yourself. Today, a multilingual guide pilots you through the city. So does a professional driver riding you in his brilliantly restored classic car. During a two-hour drive he shows you the highlights of Havana, meanwhile the guide tells about them and answers your questions. This way you also become familiar with Cuban traffic behavior and roads.
After this stylish ride, walk through the old center, your guide will show you the way, talking about his/her city, the restorations and about what moves the residents.
A nice prelude to your adventure. Special transport, local inside knowledge. It won’t be any more urban than this, although it is as private as the coming camper tour.
- If you prefer to explore the capital on your own, let us know, we will skip this introductory tour. In that case walking is most logical way to discover, but a bicycle-taxi or horse-drawn carriage are also possible.
- Perhaps you prefer to cycle through the city on an e-bike with a guide? Everything is possible, just tell us your wishes.
When the sun slowly sets and the graceful streetlights illuminate the boulevard, chill on the Malecón.
- Tasty and homemade meals can be found in a paladar (private restaurant), plenty of choice. Your guide can give you tips or ask us.
- Enjoy the warmish evening at Plaza Vieja. The beer brewery annex café "Factoría Plaza Vieja", offers a magnificent view of this impressive open square.
- Looking for more motion? The cultural project 'Fábrica del Arte Cubano' (FAC), the Cuban art factory, could be your scene. Hip, hipper, hipster Cuba. Modern art and music merge harmoniously in this former food oil factory. You can combine it with a dinner in the adjacent private restaurant 'El Cocinero'.
- You sleep in your casa. Breakfast the next morning is included.
Day 3: Havana - Viñales (about 180KM/110MI)
- The Cuba on the Road program starts with the pickup of the camper, waiting for you at Hotel Bello Caribe, about 10 km from the city center. Taxi costs are about CUC/USD 20).
- You will receive information and instructions, and the handbook 'Camper in Cuba', your paper guide for the coming time. The brochure describes the parking locations, its facilities and tips for trips in the area.
- You sign the rental contract and pay the deposit (CUC 500), read more under Remarks.
Campereando! Your road movie starts when driving up - slightly south of Hotel Bello Caribe - the A4, 'Autopista Nacional', towards the west.
Havana's hectic charm will make place for the relaxed tranquility of the countryside. The road is straight, not crowded at all, so you can get used to your mobile home.
You can visit the town of Pinar del Rio, but most people opt to go immediately north, towards Viñales. A beautiful, winding road takes you to this lovely town.
Red soil, green nature and houses in cheerful colors paint your day.
Hotel La Ermita’s campground is the icing on the cake. Stunningly situated on one of the highest points of the valley, it offers a sensational view over Viñales and its surroundings.
Campground Viñales: Hotel La Ermita
Day 4: Viñales Valley
Viñales is being pretty in its own valley. There are only a few streets surrounded by Mogotes, karst stone mountain formations; soft rocks rising from the red soil. The best tobacco grows and is processed here, still in the traditional way. Pay attention to the typical design of farms and tobacco barns. UNESCO recognized the unique beauty of Viñales and added it, including the valley, to the World Heritage list in 1999.
Take a day off. Let your camper stay parked on the campground. For CUC 5 you travel all day with the hop-on-hop-off bus. It stops at the door of La Ermita, and further everywhere you want on the route. In the town, at the zip line, at the cave with the underground river for a boat ride. Or at one of the nice restaurants.
You can also rent bikes. Crossing the valley on a horse is popular as well.
- Campground Viñales: Hotel La Ermita
Day 5: Viñales - Soroa (about 103KM/64MI)
You leave Viñales the same way you came, departing the valley and along the winding road towards Pinar del Rio. The A4 brings you to the (neighboring) biosphere reserve Sierra del Rosario, with Soroa - also called 'the rainbow of Cuba' - in its center. Rolling mountains, imposing trees and splashing waterfalls await you. The numerous birds sing to be spotted.
You camp near the waterfalls on the grounds of Hotel Villa Soroa. Sporting activities such as horseback riding, or a walk to the ruins of a nineteenth-century French coffee plantation can be booked in the lobby of the hotel.
Campground Soroa: Hotel Villa Soroa
Day 6: Soroa
Las Terrazas is the ecological sister of Soroa. You could go and visit this appealing town today. Las Terrazas is boundless for hikers, great for swimming and for zip-lining (canopy). Local famous artists open the doors of their studios. Las Terrazas has a few fine restaurants, including a vegetarian.
Within half an hour you will be back home in Soroa, not far from the waterfall.
Campground Soroa: Hotel Villa Soroa
Day 7: Soroa - National Park Peninsula de Zapata (about 254KM/158MI)
It is about a 3-hours’drive to Playa Larga. Again, taking the A4, until you reach the Autopista Nacional (A1).
At the height of Jagüey Grande you can refuel the camper. A little further (at Finca Fiesta Campesina) you can refuel yourself with a coffee in the lovely garden.
Down south. Today you cross the island exchanging the mountains for a completely different landscape at the south coast of Cuba; the peninsula and national park 'Ciénaga de Zapata'. Wetlands, marshes, mangroves, cenotes, untamed nature. A rich native flora and fauna. Fishing enthusiasts come here to fish, divers to dive. Cave divers can challenge themselves in the 70-meter-deep cave Cueva de los Peces, also a cenote. You can directly walk into the sea with your snorkel.
In addition to snorkeling equipment, you can also rent catamarans, pedal boats and kayaks.
• Campground Playa Larga: Hotel Playa Larga
Day 8: Bay of pigs, Playa Larga
You may find it interesting to visit the Museum in Playa Girón. It tells and illustrates a story of high voltage. How in 1961, during the Cold War, almost a third world war broke out at the beaches of the Bay of Pigs (Bahía de Cochinos).
There, at that bay, at Hotel Playa Larga, your camper is parked tonight. The hotel has a private beach, also accessible for you.
Feeling too languid to cook after a sunny day in and at the water? There are several paladares (private restaurants) in the village. The fish cannot be served any fresher.
• Campground Playa Larga: Hotel Playa Larga
Day 9: Playa Larga - Trinidad (about 197KM/122MI)
By now you know your camper, and along beautiful bays and coastal roads you approach after about 3 hours Trinidad, cozily embedded between the mountains of the Escambray and the Caribbean Sea. Here is your home for a day or two.
One would like to frame this town, Trinidad is too good to be true, very old (1514), but externally unchanged. So beautiful, you really have to see it yourself. And yes, Trinidad has instructive museums and a beautiful environment, but Trinidad also means music, dance and terraces. Trinidad swings.
In Trinidad you can choose. There are two campgrounds in and around the town. Or you can sleep at Hotel Las Cuevas, 500 meters from the city center. You can also choose for a beach campground. Maybe more fun for the children. In that case, we will reserve for the campsite next to Hotel Costa Sur on the peninsula Ancón. A taxi to Trinidad will cost you 15 minutes, and approx. 10CUC/USD.
• Campground (s) Trinidad: Hotel Las Cuevas, or Hotel Costa Sur
Day 10: Trinidad
Exchange your motor home for a day for a Russian truck if you like and enter the Sierra del Escambray. The truck brings you up into the mountains. The hike, the spectacular descent is yours.
Recently, Valle de los Ingenios has its own zipline.
• Campground (s) Trinidad: Hotel las Cuevas, or Hotel Costa Sur
Day 11: Trinidad - Santa Clara (about 121KM/75MI)
Santa Clara, the next destination, is only 121 kilometers (75 miles) north of Trinidad but still a 2 - 2.5 hours’ drive, as the route takes you partially through the mountains of Sierra de Escambray, lovely, but requiring a bit more of your steering skills.
The city of Santa Clara is inextricably linked with Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and the Cuban revolution. In December 1958, El Che led the attack on an armored train from the army of President Batista. The dictator saw his defeat and fled. The triumph of the revolution was a fact.
Santa Clara is not only a university city, but also a pilgrimage place for many Cubans. Visit together with them the museum and mausoleum of Ernesto Che Guevara (closed on Mondays). In this mausoleum, in 1997 and thirty years after his death in Bolivia, his remains (and those of 16 Cuban fellow fighters) were buried. Here, the flame never extinguishes!
Park your camper at Hotel La Granjita, a rustic (family) hotel. You can go horseback riding, or simply laze by the pool.
• Campground Santa Clara: Hotel Villa La Granjita.
Day 12: Santa Clara
If you liked Trinidad, then you might also find Remedios attractive. You could drive up there the next day, the village is only 45 kilometers (28 miles) from Santa Clara. It is one of the oldest towns in Cuba, founded in the 16th century. Small, authentic and picturesque.
• Campground Santa Clara: Hotel Villa La Granjita.
Day 13: Santa Clara - Varadero (about 206KM/128MI)
Today also a driving time of about 3 hours (about 206KM/128MI). Steer your campervan west to the Autopista Nacional (A1). At the junction Jagüey Grande, take the provincial road northwards through the province of Matanzas in the direction of Varadero. Sugar cane plantations but also orange orchards along the road.
Your last campground of this trip will be in Varadero, this one is really cool.
In the popular beach destination Varadero, every year approximately 1.5 million international guests stay overnight in one of the luxury resorts on the 20km (12.4mi) long beach. But you, and your motorhome will spend the night, where no one else can, in the beautifully landscaped city park Josone, created in the ‘30s of the last century.
From here you walk straight into the main street of the town of Varadero. The dream beach, with palm tree leaves parasols and sun beds (for rent), runs parallel to it.
Park Josone is also a popular recreation spot for Cubans. Believe it or not, Cuban families also live in the prominent beach resort, where you can find a bakery as well, a vegetable market, a church, schools (even a boxing school) and numerous shops, terraces and entertainment options. But there is only one city park, and there…you will overnight.
Campground Varadero: Park Josone
Day 14: Varadero - Havana (about 148 KM/92MI)
Back to Havana. It has been nice, very nice. Your last ride goes over the highway to Matanzas and onwards to the capital, passing the beautiful Yumurí valley, with impressive royal palms and along Cuba's north coast.
After about 2 hours you are back at Hotel Bello Caribe where it all started. You can drop-off your camper and take a taxi (not included) to your last overnight address in Havana.
Overnight Havana: Casa Particular Old Havana
Day 15: Homebound in Old Havana
Your breakfast is included. As well as a private transfer that will take you from your casa to Havana's international airport José Martí. The day is for you. To pack, to enjoy or to spend your last CUCs on souvenirs or on a terrace.
We wish you a safe trip back home and hopefully we will see you again. Hasta Cuba siempre!
- Three nights (2 at the beginning, 1 at the end of the camper trip) in a casa particular in Old Havana, including breakfast.
- Arrival transfer (private) from Havana international airport to your overnight address in the city. Meet & Greet with our representative.
- Private City Tour Walk & Drive in a Classic Car in Havana (Day 2), with guide and driver.
- 11 Days motorhome rental, starting on day 3 of this program, ending on day 14.
- 11 Nights/12 days parking at the selected campgrounds.
The campers are insured. With the camper rental is the use of the amenities of each parking area are included:
- Electricity Connection (1.2 KW / hour), potable and non-potable water supply, (maximum of 4 campers connected simultaneously
- Security personnel or protected area for the custody of the vehicle.
- Access to public areas of each location such as beaches, swimming pools, gym, sports courts.
- Possibility of eliminating waste.
- Restaurants, cafés, bars (*)
- Food and drink supply at the shops (*)
- Maid service for cleaning (*)
- Customer service (*)
- Laundry and dry-cleaning service (*)
- Accommodation (*)
- Optional services offered by each installation (*)
Note (*): These services have an additional cost, to be paid locally. Availability and prices vary per area.
Departure transfer (private) from your overnight address in Havana to José Martí International Airport.
- This camper tour begins and ends in Havana. The camper can be dropped off at another destination if desired. There will be additional costs. Please contact us if you are interested.
- The minimum number of passengers is 2 adults. One must be at least 26 years old. The driver must have a valid driving license.
- For both models of motorhome, a maximum capacity of 5 adults and 1 child, or 4 adults and 2 children apply.
- At pick up, a deposit of CUC 500 (CUC is the Cuban currency and almost equal in value to the USD) must be paid. In cash in CUC or its equivalent in USD or EUR. You better pay the deposit by credit card. Provided that the camper will be returned in the same condition at the end of the rental period, the credit card draft will be canceled. (With cash payment of the deposit in CUC, you will be refunded in CUC, a currency that only has value in Cuba).
- Fuel is at customer charge.
Customise your trip
You can adapt this travel program to your personal wishes. You can add or remove destinations, you can extend or shorten the trip. Do you want alternative accommodation, campground or route? Add activities or excursions? Do you want any other travel services? We are happy to help you.
This journey is a self-drive trip, which means you will drive along the route yourself in a camper. The camper and accommodation will be booked according to the itinerary. For the rest of the program, you have the freedom to enjoy each day exactly as you want to. Driving in Cuba isn’t too challenging, but it does help to be prepared.
Contact us. With your specific wishes and our knowledge, together we create the perfect trip.