Cuba Travel Guide
Cuba travel advice and tips
Are you planning a trip to Cuba in the near future? If so, here is some advice and ideas that you’ll need for a successful trip. Cuba is one of the most romantic and beautiful islands in the world and you’ll want to make sure that you’re well prepared for your journey so that you can get the most out of it.
Be prepared financially
There aren’t a lot of ATMs around so make sure that you carry along enough cash to get you through the trip. Cuba is mainly a cash-driven society and you can exchange your money at the airport upon arrival or in the lobby at your resort. If you do run into a situation where you need to access your debit or credit card, there are places to do so but you just may have to travel a ways to find them.
Don’t forget to obtain health insurance
Health insurance is mandatory to enter Cuba. If you don’t have insurance coverage you may be required to purchase it from a Cuban company upon arrival.
You’ll need to pay an exit tax to leave Cuba
You’ll need to have 25 cucs (approximately $30 Canadian), in order to leave Cuba. This is payable at the airport and must be presented in notes since no coins are accepted.
Bring along your own spices and condiments
While Cuban food can be very good, it’s also noted to be very bland as well. Take along some Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, barbecue sauce or any other spices or condiments you love to jazz up the food a bit while you’re there. Make sure that these items are carried in their original containers.
Tips are always appreciated
The people working in the hotels and resorts greatly appreciate regular household necessities and personal grooming items as tips. Things like soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, Q-tips, face cloths, makeup etc. are all in high demand in this country. They are considered more valuable than money and if you do some wise shopping before you head out for your trip you’ll end up saving money in tips.
Take some tours while you’re there
When you arrive at your hotel or resort there will be excursions available at an extra cost. These are well worth the price and will take you to some of the hidden treasures that make up Cuba’s history and culture. It’s always good to get off the resort grounds to see some of the real Cuba. It’s really an eye-opener!
Spend some time interacting with the locals
If you’re close to a town plan a lunch or dinner at one of the restaurants. Cubans are some of the nicest and friendliest people you’ll ever have the pleasure of meeting. They are a happy bunch and are ready to share the little they have should you ever need anything.