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.
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
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