Car Hire from Holguin Airport
A Cuban road trip is a memorable experience. Hiring a car from Holguin Airport allows you to explore the incredible country at your own pace and stray from the typical tourist routes. Arriving at Holguin Airport, you’ll find tropical beaches, traditional towns and beautiful scenery within easy reach.
Where to hire a car at Holguin Airport
Car hire companies based at Holguin Airport include Cubacar, Rex, Havanautos and Via Rent-a-Car Transgaviota. They are all located either in the main terminal arrival hall or in the car park just opposite the terminal building.
Petrol Stations near Holguin Airport
There are no petrol stations in the immediate vicinity of Holguin Airport. There is a petrol station located in Holguin city, about 15 minutes from the airport.
Driving around Holguin Airport
Holguin Airport sits on Carretera Central de Cuba, a main road travelling up to Holguin and south to Bayamo. Close by you’ll also find route 221 going north to Gibara, the 241 heading north east to Guardalavaca and route 123 travelling south east towards Baguano. Traffic around the airport and around the island in general (apart from Havana) is usually quite light and you’re unlikely to find yourself stuck in a jam.
Driving in Cuba is a real adventure. You’ll come across some spectacular scenery but you’ll also need to keep your wits about you. Roads aren’t well-maintained, well-signposted or well-lit. You may want to consider hiring a 4WD in order to navigate smaller roads which are liable to be potholed and in poor condition. It’s also wise to avoid driving at night as other vehicles don’t always have working lights and you’re also likely to run into animals on the road.
Getting to your destination
From Holguin Airport, it’s easy to drive to a great selection of top Cuban destinations. Here are just a few of them:
Holguin is the capital city for the province of the same name. It’s home to traditional, lively squares, a fantastic city museum based in an old colonial barracks building and a number of art galleries and performance venues. Visitors can enjoy a day of sightseeing before an evening of live music and tasty cuisine. The city is also a great base from which to explore the region’s spectacular countryside.
It takes between 15 and 20 minutes to drive to Holguin city from Holguin Airport. Drivers should take the Carretera Central de Cuba north into the city centre. The southern part of the city can be accessed via the ring road and the whole city is laid out over a grid system so it’s easy to navigate.
Visitors to Cuba come imagining tropical beach paradise and Guardalavaca doesn’t disappoint. It has beautiful white sandy beaches, turquoise waters and coral reefs all backed by the green hills of rural Cuba. Because Guardalavaca isn’t an exclusive resort, it welcomes Cuban locals as well as tourists and maintains a lively, authentic atmosphere. Visitors can soak up the sun, go snorkelling to discover Cuba’s incredible underwater life or enjoy the food at beachside eateries.
Guardalavaca is around an hour’s drive from Holguin Airport, taking the Carretera Central de Cuba north to Holguin before picking up route 241. The area is well set up for tourists so you’ll find plenty of areas available for parking.
Banes provides visitors with a slice of the real Cuba, a far remove from the touristy resorts elsewhere on the island. The town was once used to house the workers of the American United Fruit Company and today is characterised by some old company houses, picturesque squares and a laid back pace of life. Visitors can visit the town’s museum, head down to the beach or visit the Nuestra Senora de la Caridad church, the art deco building where Fidel Castro was married in 1948.
It takes around an hour and 20 minutes to reach Banes from Holguin Airport. Drivers should head towards Holguin city, get on the eastbound ring road and then pick up route 123. It’s easy to drive around the small, quiet town and parking spaces are plentiful.