Travel To Go | Been There, Do This: Havana's Coco Taxis

Been There, Do This: Havana's Coco Taxis

By: Emma Weissmann

Visit Havana, Cuba, and you’ll feel as if you’ve journeyed back in time. For many tourists, Cuba’s decades-old automobiles are a highlight — a rainbow of shiny Chevrolets and classic Ford Fairlanes are often seen zipping through the streets.

Many of these classic cars can serve as taxis for both tourists and locals, but there is another, slightly more comical — and certainly less expected — way to travel from point A to point B. While in Havana, hop in the back of a Cuban “Coco Taxi,” a motorized scooter shaped like a bright yellow (and slightly misshapen) coconut.

The Coco taxis are perfect for Havana’s narrow streets, but can also venture beyond the city limits. Our driver took us on highways and up the hill to Finca Vigia, a museum at the former home of Ernest Hemingway.

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