Car, jeep, scooter, and bicycle rentals
In Cayo Coco (and Cuba in general) the car rental business is mostly controlled by these two major companies:
TRANSTUR, operating under the brands: Cubacar, Havanautos and Rex
GRUPO GAVIOTA, operating under the brand: Via Transgaviota
A car rental office can be find in most hotels of the Jardines del Rey (Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo, etc.) and also at the Cayo Coco International Airport (Aeropuerto Jardines del Rey).
To rent a car or jeep you need to show your driver's license (from your home country) and your passport (a photocopy is usually sufficient). The International Driver's Permit is usually not mandatory, as long as they can read yours (i.e. written in an extended Roman-based alphabet). For a car or jeep you may be required to put down a deposit (usually 200-250 CUC) either in cash or in the form of a credit card hold, until you return the vehicle. To rent a scooter you need only your passport, and to rent a bicycle they usually ask only for your name, hotel, and room number.
Car or jeep :
Typical prices :
Expect to pay around 55-60 CUC per day (75-80 CUC on major holidays) for the smallest manual transmission car, and around 45-55 CUC daily on a 3-day or more basis. Luxury cars and automatic transmission cars (harder to find) can starts at 80+ CUC per day. Insurance is mandatory and costs 15-20 CUC per day (depending on model). Cars and Jeeps are usually rented with a full tank of gasoline and you must return it full. Many rental offices, especially the ones located in the hotels, may give you a price which includes insurance and a prepaid tank of gasoline, in this case expect to pay around 120 CUC for 1 day (60 rental + 15 insurance + 45 gas), or around 240 CUC for 3 days (150 rental + 45 insurance + 45 gas).
There are only two gas stations, one at the "Servicentro La Rotonda" in Cayo Coco, and the other one in Cayo Guillermo, between the Boat Adventure docks and the Delfinario. Click the thumbnail image to view their location. Price for gasoline is 1.00 CUC per liter for "Gasolina Regular", and 1.20 CUC per liter for "Gasolina Especial" (often required on rental contracts).
Typical prices :
• 1 hour : 13 CUC + 2 CUC per additional hour
• 24 hours : 25 CUC (50cc scooter), 30 CUC (125cc scooter)
• 2 to 5 days : 21 CUC/day (50cc scooter), 26 CUC/day (125cc scooter)
Helmets are provided and mandatory.
Typical prices :
• 3 hours : 3 CUC
• Full day : 5 CUC
Helmets are usually not provided, and are not mandatory
Important to know:
Concerning the insurance included in the rental contract: coverage differs from the ones usually offered in North America or Europe. If you are found to be at fault in any way in an accident, the rental agencies will nullify your coverage and seek damages to cover the cost of repairs, which can be very high. Rental agencies are government-controlled and can prevent you from leaving the country unless they receive payment for the damages.
If you receive a ticket for a traffic violation, the policeman will write the fine on your rental contract and you'll have to pay it at the rental office when returning the vehicule, or it will deducted from your deposit.
If you have an accident in which a third party is injured, you may have to assume full hospital costs for the injured person, and you may be prevented from leaving the country until all legal proceedings related to the case are resolved.
Do not drive drunk!, not even a bicycle. Cuba has a zero tolerance policy and in the case of an accident, if alcohol is detected in your blood, you are likely to be presumed guilty.
Lily & Normand