Havana Cuba. October 2017 (17 photos)

This is part 13 of my Cuba 2017 photo series.

It’s not a clichΓ©. When I told people I was going to Havana, “Havana? Cool!” was a common response.


Cuba has an ambience not readily experienced elsewhere.


There are several reasons for this but one must certainly be the classic vintage cars that are all over Havana and Cuba.

Riding in the bus from Jose Marti International Airport, there’s a lot of tropical scenery. But when you see your first classic car, then you truly realise you’re in Cuba.



I’m not particularly a car enthusiast but all those cars from the 1950’s gave me a sense of nostalgia and put a smile on my face. Similar cars feature in some of my very early family photos when I was an infant.



The view from my hotel room.

Havanans love their cars. It’s a very important factor in the tourism industry. Owners who use their cars for tourism generally earn more than most others in Cuba. Of course, the better the condition and the bigger the wow factor, the more customers.

“Too cool for school”

Since I’m keenly interested in photography, there was something rather special organised for me in Havana.

Love Jennifer’s smile!

I had an afternoon of photography with some professional Cuban models and a classic vintage car. How’s that for Havana cool?

“Havana cool with an Oldsmobile”

Quite a crowd gathered around us episodically. We – Jennifer – stopped traffic. πŸ™‚

My guide told me that in Cuba, many are of mixed ancestry. As a result, racism is not prevalent.
How’s that for cool?

This is part 13 of my Cuba 2017 photo series.

This is part 19 of my photo series of my 2017 trip to the USA, Mexico, Cuba, and Canada.

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Havana Cool


80 thoughts on “Havana Cool

        • I read an article that US airlines have applied to make more trips each week to Cuba, so I guess the demand is there. Go before it changes too much.

          Regarding jet lag, there’s no simple answer. I simply tried my best to sleep on the plane from Sydney to SF. Then I acclimatised in SF before heading to Cuba. But I’m used to not getting enough sleep on a regular basis, so I can sort of push my way through the jet lag. πŸ™‚

  1. Loved the Cool theme for Cuba, Draco. Wonderful photos giving us a clear picture of the predominance and marvel of the vintage American cars in Havana. Just as Americans were finally being allowed easier access to Cuba, we got a new president who closed it all down again. Americans can still go there, but not as individual travelers, so I am really glad we got to visit with you as our tour guide, Draco.

    • Thanks for taking the virtual tour, Jet. Yes, individual access is difficult for american citizens, but when the cuban embargo eases (someday), change will probably come rapidly to Cuba. Many companies specialise in small group tours to Cuba that conform with the rules.

  2. J.D. Riso says:

    Just delightful. How cool of you to set up a shoot with local models. I’m not particularly a car enthusiast, either, but I think I’d be mesmerized by all those beauties.

    • Thank you. That models photo shoot got a lot of attention from the locals. Not my usual discrete method of photography. πŸ™‚
      There’s something special about those vintage cars. Part nostalgia. Part form. Those guys do a great job keeping those cars running.

  3. I love those old cars and they look like they’ve lovingly maintained them. I can see why the model shoot stopped traffic. πŸ™‚

    • Indeed, the polka dot car was very eye catching.In retrospect, I should have found the time to do a quick rid. πŸ™‚ Next trip? – to be revealed at a later date. πŸ™‚

  4. You photos are showing the beauty of these classic cars. Really cool! Love the Chevrolet shots especially.
    Wow, Jennifer… Racism is not prevalent, what a cool place.
    Thank you, Dragon for another enjoyable tour of Havana. Hope to see more. πŸ™‚

      • I indeed have learned a lot about Cuba, it’s culture, part of the history, people…from your posts and great photos. Now, I know why people think it’s a cool place to visit. πŸ™‚
        Thank you for sharing with us, Dragon!

  5. All incredibly cool! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I’m not normally remotely into cars but the juxtaposition of these shiny beauties and the decrepit architecture is definitely… cool πŸ™‚ Fantastic shots, Draco!

  6. Absolutely gorgeous! Havana is so photogenic! Those cars! Never took such a beautiful picture as you did but had my share!
    And oh my! An actual shoot with local models and old cars?!?! Now, I’m down right jealous! πŸ˜‰

    • I don’t think it’s possible to go to Havana and not be tempted to photograph those classic cars. So many colours and models. I had to have a pink one for one of my tours. So fun. πŸ™‚
      The models were something completely away from the tourist mode. It was a fantastic experience.

  7. I wonder how often do those vintage car owners find the tip of their car gone. Each of them looks like a prized possession. Very lovely of the couple to pose for you. Well done.

    • I can’t answer that, but most owners are touting for business and never far from their cars. They’re all in the same business, so I’m guessing they wouldn’t do anything malicious such as stealing a hood ornament. I’m not sure what the law and punishment might be in this Communist country – that might be deterrent enough. Yes, those 2 models were fabulous.

  8. robert87004 says:

    I noticed when living in Panama racism was less too, likely for the same reason. As for the US, I find that urban New Mexico is generally less concerned with race as there is a fair amount of mixing going on; Indian, Hispanic and Anglo. There still might be hope for the human race. Also, I’d love to go to Cuba if it ever becomes a backpackers go-to location.

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