Trip to Cuba: A Colorful Array of Cars

Most people are familiar with the fact that Cuba has lots of old American cars.

The parking lot at the airport had a variety of cars.

They haven’t imported any new cars from the U.S. since 1962 when a general embargo was put into place.

There are motorcycles and foreign cars in Cuba.

There are newer cars from other countries like Russia.

Convertibles are popular for taxiing tourists through Havana.

Under the hoods of the America classics are Russian and Chinese engines.

There were really more beautiful vintage cars than I expected to see.

Many cars are used for taxi services.

One taxi was an authentic VW bus which had air conditioning but no radio.

Some taxis are painted like a regular yellow cab.  Even though these cabs have meters the usual procedure is to agree on the price of the fare before getting in.

Cocotaxis are not recommended for safe travel.

One type of yellow cab is a Cocotaxi which is basically a fiberglass shell around a scooter.  We were cautioned not to use this dangerous form of transportation.

Our tour of Havana in a Russian car (just visible in the mirror) took us past the Tropicana Hotel.

A tour around Havana for an hour and a half or so costs about 20 CUC ($20).  Cubans are happy and proud to show off their capital city. A gallon of gas is about $4.

A lot of energy goes into the upkeep of these old classic cars.

We had fun riding in the vintage cars but, without air conditioning and seatbelts, we’re glad to have something newer at home.

This may be more dangerous than the Cococab.

Have you ever ridden in a sidecar?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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