Cookies

At Journey Latin America we use cookies to give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to browse, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on our website.
Find out more


Birding and siteseeing in Cuba

Travel Consultant Hannah Donaldson shares the best places in Cuba for birding.


Ask our Experts

I'm interested in a birding and sightseeing holiday in Cuba - have trawled the internet - any ideas? Is driving ok there? Have heard road signs are almost non-existent. I speak fluent Spanish, if that helps.

Asked by Rose

There are several car hire offices in Havana (though fewer elsewhere), which are often near tourist hotels. Driving is fine – there are relatively few cars once you get out of Havana, even on the so-called motorway! As you’ve heard, road signs, both for directions to places and for traffic information, are very poor. Familiarise yourself with the compulsory stop sign in particular. You must stop when you cross a railway, even if the line looks unused.

Your fluent Spanish will be a great help to you, particularly given the poor signposting – we generally advise that you may need to ask locals for directions at times. I have a few other tips to help too: the first is to get a good map – the best you can afford. There are plenty available on-line, and Stanfords in Covent Garden is the best shop in the UK. (If you book through us we’ll give you a map, of course.). You may be interested in our self-drive holidays to Cuba too.

Secondly, getting out of Havana and finding your way eastwards to the start of the motorway which runs towards Santiago is really, really difficult, so I’d advise paying a taxi driver to guide you to the point where the motorway starts. (Again, we include an escort for this part of the journey in our self-drive holidays.) Finding your way westwards is easier.

I would also avoid driving at night – it’s easier to get lost, and lots of vehicles drive with no lights. Now Cuba is such friends with Venezuela, petrol is much easier to find. Fill up in medium and larger towns, and be aware that petrol stations are very intermittent on the eastbound motorway, which bypasses larger towns.

In terms of the birding, I’m sure you already have plenty in mind, but I would try the Laguna de Las Salinas (part of Las Salinas Wildlife Refuge) for observing migratory birds between November and May, and also Cayo Sabinal, to the north of Nuevitas in the province of Camagüey.


Hannah

Answered by Hannah Donaldson
Travel Consultants


See more questions

Ask a new question

Our experts are on hand to answer questions specific to your needs

Journey with the UK's NO1 specialist in travel to latin america

The Leading Specialists

  • Since 1980
  • The original pioneers in travel to Latin America - the first and still the best
  • Award-winning holidays, crafted with care
  • Nobody knows Latin America better

Travel with the Experts

  • All our staff are in-depth Latin America specialists
  • Our team shares  a unique insight into Central and South America
  • Get the inside track with expert advice based on first-hand experience

Choice and Flexibility

  • The widest range of options
  • No limitations on how you can travel
  • A genuinely personal service geared to understanding your needs
  • The journey you'll love, in a style to suit you
Wanderlust

Food and Travel Magazine Readers' Awards - Tour Operator of The Year 2016

Selling Travel Agents Choice Awards - Best Tour Operator to Latin America 2016

Sunday Times Travel Magazine - Editor's Award 2013

Guardian and Observer Travel Awards - Top Ten Small Tour Operator: 2012

Sunday Times Travel Magazine Awards - Best Value Tour Operator 2011

Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Awards - Top Ten Specialist Tour Operator 2016

Wanderlust Readers' Travel Awards - Top Ten Tour Operator 2015

British Travel Awards - Best Small Tour Operator to Central and South America 2012

Latin American Travel Association - Award for Customer Service 2012

Sunday Times Travel Magazine Awards - Best Specialist Tour Operator 2011

Page Full Path: /sitecore/content/JLA/Home/travel-inspiration/ask-the-experts/Birding-and-siteseeing-in-Cuba

Page ID: {0792D963-0A2E-495B-9D31-55E5460692AE}

Page Name: Birding-and-siteseeing-in-Cuba

Page Display Name: Birding and siteseeing in Cuba

Page Template Name: T034-AskOurExpertsAnswer

Page Template ID: {108B3AF7-CED2-4834-92DF-FB83BE69FEDC}

Parent ID: {B7800E07-1670-4345-BD8E-1F2B8E46DD37}

Parent Name: ask-the-experts

Parent Display Name: Ask the Experts

Parent Template Name: T032-PapagaioAskExpertHome

Parent Template ID: {51B2C246-1C04-4079-97A8-91BFA37DD540}