The José Martí International Airport in Cuba is located 9 miles southwest of Havana, and it's the largest and busiest airport in Cuba, serving more than 4 million passengers a year. José Martí Airport has four terminals. Terminal 3 is used for international flights.
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Car Rental Companies at José Martí International Airport
There are many cheap car rental companies at José Martí Airport, including Cubacar, Havanautos, Rex, and Via. All rental car counters are found in the arrivals area of the airport's terminal or outside parking. Advanced booking with Skyscanner is highly recommended during José Martí's busy season, as availability is limited. Renters must be 21 years of age, or 30 years old to rent a luxury vehicle, and rental car insurance is mandatory. Havana's road signs are in Spanish, so bring a phrase book, if needed.
Tips for Driving in José Martí Airport
There is no special permit or license needed in addition to a state driver's license. Road quality is acceptable, though traffic is a bit more complicated near the airport. Watch out for Cuba's bike taxis, called bicitaxis, and groups of pedestrians seemingly milling around. Customs can confiscate GPS devices and car rental companies won't rent them at all, so leave them at home.
Gas Stations near the Airport
There are several gas stations within about 5 miles of José Martí Airport for travelers to fuel up their discount rental car, located right off 243 and 246.
Must-See Attractions in Havana
The Museum of the Revolution
The Museum of the Revolution has exhibits describing significant events in Cuba's history, like Spain's colonization, overthrowing a dictatorship, and more. Military relics are on display in the back, including a Russian surface-to-air missile, as well as warplanes and a tank used to defend Cuba.
Fabrica de Arte Cubano
Fabrica de Arte Cubano is a sprawling complex with an art gallery, disco, café, and bar that offers an affordably priced gathering place for locals, artists, and visitors. The complex is lively and fun for the young at heart and would feel at home in any big city. It is open from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m., Thursday through Sunday. Arrive early to beat the crowds to the art in the galleries.
About 16 miles away from Havana, Guanabo Beach features long, white coral sandy beaches and clear, warm waters. A coastal strip town with 15 miles of beaches, it is the most visited of the Playas del Este and can host 120,000 summer visitors. The little town of Guanabo has shopping centers, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, but no hotels. Homeowners often offer rooms for rent to travelers spending the night. Tarara Marina has facilities for scuba diving and other water sports, and there are more than 70 diving sites around Guanabo Beach, some of which feature historic sunken ships.
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