Both Dominican Republic and Cuba are popular cruise destinations with Cuba in particular now one of the Caribbean’s fastest growing Cruise destinations in the Caribbean and without a doubt a must-see on your cruise itinerary. Whether it’s a one night stop on your Caribbean cruise or a dedicated cruise around the island, stopping at the following ports:
Santiago de Cuba
La Isla de Juventud
Experience a completely different Cuba with a cruise around the island and it’s out of the way ports, either starting or ending your journey with a few days in the cultural capital of Havana.
In the Dominican Republic there are the following cruise ports which you many want to select on your itinerary:
Havana Jose Marti International Airport (HAV)
The most common transport to the islands is by air, of which Cuba has 10 international airports and 25 national airports. For our Havana based villas and apartments, the most common and closest arrival airport is Havana HAV. That being said, keep in mind that the entire country is less than 110,000 square km’s (42,800 square miles) in total. Cuba welcomes daily international flights from most countries in the world.
Havana HAV has 4 terminals. For the moment only Terminal 3 is dedicated to international flights.
Other International Airports and distances to Havana:
|Varadero Juan Gualberto Gomez:
||Approx. 120 km’s (74 miles) to Havana.
|Holgiun Frank Pais
||Approx. 740km’s (450 miles) to Havana.
|Santa Clara Abel Santamaria:
||Approx. 289 km’s (179 miles) to Havana.
|Cayo Coco Jardines del Rey:
||Approx. 500 km’s (310 miles) to Havana.
|Cayo Largo del Sur Vilo Acuna:
||Approx. 177 km’s (110 miles) to Havana.
|Camaguey Ignacio Agramonte:
||Approx. 548 km’s (340 miles) to Havana.
|Cienfuegos Jaime Gonzales:
||Approx. 236 km’s (146 miles) to Havana.
|Santiago de Cuba Antonio Macoa:
||Approx. 881 km’s (547 miles) to Havana.
|Manzanillo de Cuba Sierra Maestra:
||Approx. 627 km’s (390 miles) to Havana.
Puerto Plata/Gregorio Luperón International (POP)
For our Dominican Republic based villas, the closest arrival airport is Puerto Plata POP. If your airline does not fly to this destinaton, Santiago STI is a one hour and fifteen minute drive to our villa. Please keep in mind that our car rental partners can pick you up at your arrival airport and we can also provide chauffeurs for the duration of your stay. Please see out services page here.
Other International Airports and distances to Cararete Puerto Plata:
|Puerto Plata (Gregorio Luperón International) :
||Approx. 15 km’s (9 miles) to Cabarete.
|Santiago (Ciboa Internatioal):
||Approx. 81km’s (50miles) to Cabarete.
|Santo Domingo (Airport Las Americas):
||Approx. 250 km’s (155 miles) to Cabarete.
Cuba has a rail system that runs almost the full length of the main island – from Guane (Pinar del Río) to Caimanera, as well as various branches.
From Havana La Coubre, direct rail serves the following destinations:
Piñar del Río
Santiago de Cuba
As per the many nuances in Cuba, the frequency can change but for most routes there is at least one train per day but your best bet is to inquire directly at the Havana train station and reconfirm 2-3 days before your expected date of travel. Be prepared for slow trains, delays, changing departure times and a very unreliable experience. Ticket prices are however very economical and can be purchased at the train stations at the ticket windows.
For travel from Havana to Matanzas, we recommend the Hershey Train (built by the Hershey Chocolate Company in the early 20th Century). It’s a great Typical Cuban (old and slow but charming) adventure and a good way to see the Cuban countryside.
By far, the best transport option from within Cuba is by car. Renting a private car is fairly straightforward – if there is availability. Regardless of the various rental companies you will find on the internet, all private vehicle rentals are government owned and regulated – meaning whichever company you find online, they will rent for you via a government owned company such as REX or CubaCar and availability is difficult to guarantee – which makes planning your vacation difficult.
We highly recommend a chauffered car service which can be reserved directly through us. Please see our guest services page here. Drivers are licensed, friendly, knowledgable (you have combined chauffeur, tour guide and translator all in one!) and are available and at your service 24 hours per day. And the supplemental cost is minimal (less than 50 Cuban CUC’s more per day). We have a varied selection of vehicles available from economy to luxury.