Cuba Things to Do
Cuba is well known for the 1950 s American cars that are still in use today.Thousands of old American cars remain scattered around the island.Without any car imports coming into the country the cars are preserved by the owners and Cuban mechanics. Some of the cars i spotted were in amazing condition,while others looked in a sad state,belching out...more
A "casa particular"is a Spanish term for a private home with bed & breakfast.The Cuban government allows citizens to pay a monthly fee for a licence to rent rooms out to tourists. Driving around Cuba you will see many of these homes,which are easily recognized from the outside by what looks like a symbol of an anchor upside down,which is positioned...more
Ernest Hemingway was a wonderful writer and he loved Cuba. He went there so many times for inspiration the local population are proud to have had him as a frequent visitor.La cuna de Daiquiri is a bar in the center of Havana where you can get the best Daiquiri in the world. It has wonderful decoration and reminds you of a theatrical setting. There...more
Tropicana Club: A Great Night!
The Tropicana has been going strong since 1939 and is known the world over as a cabaret in Havana.
When in Havana this is a not to be missed experience.The show takes place in the open air and is a riot of colour,glamour and music.
Dress Code: Smart Casual
You can't travel around Cuba without being amazed at how people get from A to B.Since the end of the Soviet Union public transport has been a mess.Driving around the island you will see people at the roadside waiting for a lift in what ever means is available.The old Russian lorries that thunder by are crammed full of people.Horse and cart and...more
Americans still can't just go to Cuba as tourists, but there are legal ways to get there. The State Dept. issues licenses to groups for special purposes. A few commercial tour groups are managing to offer "Spiritual tours" and similar programs. I went with a small humanitarian group delivering non-prescription medical supplies to a clinic. We each...more
12 Hotels in Cuba
Cuba Local Customs
There is a rationing system for staple food. Everybody gets the same amount, and the cost is subsidized by the government. Wages are very low, and the subsidized food is needed. Our guide showed us her ration book, listing the number of people in the family and what she was entitled to buy. She gets the food in a peso store, and the clerk stamps...more
Cuba has two currencies--One for Cubans and one for foreigners. Visitors have to change their currency to convertible pesos (CUC) and there is a 13% fee for changing it. (I don't know if the 13% fee applies to other currencies or just U.S. dollars.) There is supposed to be a small fee to change the CUC back into dollars, but I don't know the...more
If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.
Cuba Warnings and Dangers
Although the roads in Cuba are reasonably quiet there are several hazards to look out for especially on the main highway.Watch out for - cattle grazing on the grass verges,horse and carts crossing in front of you,pedestrians standing in the road looking for a lift and cyclists travelling on the wrong side of the road.more
The usual U.S. customs rules and allowances don't apply to travel in Cuba. The embargo forbids bringing back Cuban goods such as cigars and rum. There are exceptions for art and educational materials, so paintings, music CDs and handicrafts are OK.When you get back to the states, Customs may inspect your bags . If you say "Nothing to declare" and...more
Cuba What to Pack
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Take any non-prescription items you need with you--if you run out of them, you may or may not find any to buy. There are shortages.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Take sunscreen, of course. And If you are going to be out in the country at all, take insect repellant. I didn't really have a problem with mosquitos when I was there, but tiny insects we call "no-see-ems" almost ate me alive in Las Terrazas. I had welts for a week.Related to:
- National/State Park
- Hiking and Walking
Short Visit to Cuba
Favorite thing: Cuba is a very large island, more than 1000 km in length or i would imagine that you would spend your four days, especially if they include day of arrival and departure, in La Habana.
stay at a hotel, such as Inglaterra which is in Old Havana or at a casa particular which is a room in the private homes of Cubans.
One US dollar is 88 cents Cuban Tourist Currency, and all transactions are in the Cuban tourist currency. No american bank issued credit cards are accepted including American express from other countries. Euro is the best currency to bring.
whether you are staying at the hotel or the private home, breakfast can be arranged. there are many many restaurants to choose from and each day new ones are opening. the cuisine is basic cuban fare, nothing exceptional.
nice city to walk around. old habana, and then take a taxi to vedado and walk around there.. that would take a day...
if you want you can take an organized tour to Vinales in the west.
Cuba is not a cheap destination. Prices are pegged to the western tastes and expect to pay as much as you do in richer countries.
The best thing about Cuba are the Cubans and if you are proficient in Spanish, it is altogether another game otherwise you would just be tourist and gain what tourists gain.
There are restaurants in Vedado where you can have a meal for about 4.50 cuban tourist dollars which is good.
Read the various reports here on VT.