5 ‘Rules of the Road’ for Old Havana (and Cuba)

The Esplanade is one of the most popular places in Old Havana, where the Andrés Escobar statue looms over its main street, Trinidad, and its famous 17th-century monastery. But though the Esplanade is a…

5 ‘Rules of the Road’ for Old Havana (and Cuba)

The Esplanade is one of the most popular places in Old Havana, where the Andrés Escobar statue looms over its main street, Trinidad, and its famous 17th-century monastery. But though the Esplanade is a bustling day-trip destination in its own right, and a great place to catch some lunch, here’s a reminder that not everyone on it can be on their best behavior. You may find yourself in violation of a few driving rules and expecting a ticket – and nothing has changed in more than a decade. Check your license and answer any questions before leaving the office.

Road Law:

Use regular automotive insurance, not your credit card

Pay attention to what is in front of you

Be ready to yield to other traffic

Keep cars stopped for two seconds at bus stops

Proceed slowly past people and bicycles

Be courteous and respectful to other drivers

Allow at least three seconds for pedestrians to cross the street

Look twice and back off when crossing

Honk before turning right

Be careful of pedestrians and those crossing the street

Signing:

No left turn onto Mandela from Guifèno

Censorship is also a good reminder that no American officials, media, and activists have died in a suspicious manner in Cuba. As long as such errors are made with respect to human rights, the freedom of speech, or any other issues, travel to Cuba can still be a fabulous experience.

–By Yohana Desta-Pena and Andrea Díaz

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