Cuba Warnings and Dangers

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Cuba Warnings and Dangers

  • Food and Drinks

    Varadero Warnings and Dangers

    One thing you really don't want to eat when you're in Cuba is a hamburger. They are, seriously, the most disgusting things I have ever eaten. Don't be sucked in by the 1CUC price, they are nasty, awful, yucky. There is really a lot better food to be had in Cuba than a hamburger. One caveat: Some of the burgers at the resorts are edible, if a...

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  • Mopeds

    Holguín Warnings and Dangers

    MOPEDS!!! Please be careful when renting a moped... I've been to Cuba many times and have sort of gotten acustomed to this kind of transportation. Anyhow, I try to be extra careful regarless. I have seen many people get badly hurt, I would say on all of my trips... brokes arms, jaws, and many stories about flying off the road. This IS the best...

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  • Hustlers

    Santiago de Cuba Warnings and Dangers

    When you arrive at the via azul terminal in santiago, you are either in a hurry to buy a ticket or just leave after long trip from habana. please be careful as there are many people who are watching your movements and in one such moment when your defenses are down gone is your bag or money jacket or something else. Recently I was relieved of my...

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  • Cuban cigars

    Varadero Warnings and Dangers

    Everyone allegedly has a relative or best friend working in a cigar factory in cuba. A cigar addict myself, I know they are fake for sure. The only time I would buy a box off the street is if I was planning on handing them out to people who don't smoke cigars as gifts. If you want cheap cigars, buy a box of Reloba's from a local for $10. They're...

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  • Sun protection

    Holguín Warnings and Dangers

    Holguin is very dry!! You will not feel the heat and therefore, please wear suntan lotion...or you will burn like me! Don't forget your feet and your LIPS!

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  • Drugs

    Santiago de Cuba Warnings and Dangers

    Do not, under any circumstances, carry dope or deal with anyone on the subject. This is something the authorities take very seriously, and you may not see the light of day for a while if caught. Stick to alcohol.

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  • Jellyfish

    Varadero Warnings and Dangers

    These look like blown up blue condoms and will float on the water. If you see one on the beach (theres lots) give them a wide berth as the trailers (the long stringy things with the stingers, yes that is my professional description lol) will be just under the surface of the sand and will sting the bottom of your feet. And yes, the only relief from...

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  • Robberies

    Santiago de Cuba Warnings and Dangers

    How to avoid crime and delinquency in Cuba: this comes at a price, but having been robbed rwice in the last one year at palces where tourists gather, I have decided to avoid such places altogether. Instead of ViaAzul ( from santiago to baracoa), use a taxi ( usd 80 ). Fly the long distances. Avoid going to places where tourists gather. In Baracoa,...

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  • Scooter Rentals

    Varadero Warnings and Dangers

    Remember that these scooters are driven hard and not a lot of money for repairs. We drove 70K into the countryside and one scooter had mechanical troubles. We limped it back Varadero and it died. Don't get stranded! I got stung by a bee outside of Caderas, so be aware of that. Finally, don't get drunk and ride. I have seen a few people at the...

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  • Bad deal reviews

    Santiago de Cuba Warnings and Dangers

    This is addressed to all you other Brits out there. If you want to take a chopper ride to S.D.C. then you will have to book it directly with Gaviotatours as your normal holiday rep. will not be allowed to do it for you. The UK government does not encourage Brits to travel on this sort of transportation, mainly due to the age of the aircraft used....

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  • Hustlers / Jineteros

    Varadero Warnings and Dangers

    psssyt pssyt where you from? its not a friendly start of conversation. Probably they will be trying sell you something or give you directions (even you dont need them) expecting a tip back. Simply say NO and keep going. We have learnt our lesson on our second day on independent scooter trip to Matanzas. They hussle we got was increlible. Usually...

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  • Sun Protection

    Varadero Warnings and Dangers

    When you first get to the Cuba sun, please wear sunscreen. We got burned the first day and it's not the best experience for the rest of the trip. Also remember to wear shoes or flipflops when you walk near vegetation. There are cactus in Cuba and it hurts when you step on their pins.

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  • Don't go to the...

    Don't go to the Hemingway bar in Havana: Poor cocktails and dangerously expensiveBe aware! Tourist trap!Then again....why not give it a try

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  • Excellent Dive spots though watch the...

    Cuba has some wonderful and exciting dive spots.wreck diving in Havana and coral & cave dives at &near the bay of pigs.Check your gear twice...and again

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  • Cuba, men/women looking to marry to...

    Locals told us that Cuban men and women look for people to marry to get out of the country. We saw one example of an elderly white man and a young cuban girl being very friendly at our resort. It doesn't matter if they are attracted to the person or not, they are just looking for a way out.

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  • Departure tax

    At the time of our visit to Cuba in November 2011, all passengers leaving the country were faced with a 25 CUC (15 GBP) departure tax.This is payable at the airport after checking in for your flight, before proceeding through airport security, and must be paid in local currency (Cuban Convertible Pesos).We knew about this in advance and ensured...

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  • Ignoring Uncle Sam

    It is legal for Americans to go to Cuba. However, it is illegal for American to have transactions (spend money) in Cuba under most circumstances. What this means is that visitors to Cuba cannot use a credit card that was issued by a US bank or a US travelers check while visiting. Also, Americans cannot secure a room at a hotel before arriving with...

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  • The dangers of renting a car

    While renting a car is by far the only way to see a lot of Cuba in a short time, be sure to understand that it has its dangers. Just drive slowly and carefully. Understand that if you are involved in an accident involving injury or death, you can be detained in the country until the matter is settled in court (i.e. a long time), and you will be...

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  • Mosquitoes

    I've never been bitten during our trip there, but it doesn't mean they are not there. On the contrary, mosquitoes are everywhere in Cuba, and they seem to be active lately. There is actually a dengue fever outbreak, but it seems that the problem has been under control through massive educational campaigns and increased fumigation measures. Make...

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  • For US Citizens Traveling to Cuba!

    The economic sanction on Cuba that disallows American citizens from traveling and simultaneously spending their dollars there has not been lifted as of yet, so it remains illegal to do so at this time. Although the recently-passed bill of 2009 has allowed Cuban Americans the freedom to travel there, the travel restrictions remain applicable to the...

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  • taxis and money changing

    Men will lurk by the bureau de change at La Habana airport and chat to you in a friendly manner while you queue. They will then offer you help to find a taxi. Don't accept it - they know you have just changed a holidays worth of cash! There is a man with a walkie-talkie that stands just outside the main door shepherding people into taxis - these...

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  • EL Prado in Havana by night

    If you are walking on el Prado (Paseo de Marti), the road that links the Parque Central (where the Hotel Inglaterra and the Capitolio is) to the Malecon, be careful with your bags, especially if you are a lady.I have witnessed a girl getting her camera bag snatched from her by 2 dudes that came beside and ripped it off her. So if you walk with the...

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  • Que pinga te pasa POR FAVORRRRR

    Although Cuba is a safe country ... where locals are poor you have to be carefull with your stuff and money.An old friend of mine used to say: "Never give a Cuban the opportunity to disappoint you"Besides this, read the crime page I wrote at Cuba-Junky ... theres alot of usefull warnings about crime in Cuba.Check out the link below

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  • changing money in cuba

    For those who may not know, there are two Cuban legal tenders: Moneda Nacional, or Cuban Peso which trades at 24 to 1 CUC or chavito for short. then almost everything a tourist would need has to be paid for by this artificial currency called CUC. they charge 11 percent to change the major currencies into cuc. so if today 1 euro is 1.56 usd, they...

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  • Gang-rape

    After i been to cuba now 5 times i thought i know it all.But somehow i got lured into a house with 3 guys and raped.This wasnt the first time this guys done it..it was all planned..lights went off and the women and man who lived in the house just disapeared upstairs.My experience was bad..but lucky i'm alive.This guys are now in prison for a very...

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  • HITCH-HIKERS

    As public transportation is just about non-existant outside of Havana,(or perhaps too expensive or not dependable), people have to HITCH-HIKE to get anywhere. On our way to Havana, you could see just how much of a problem it is. On the highway, under every bridge, there were crowds of people looking for rides. Some even tried to wave down our tour...

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  • EXERCISE CAUTION

    Exercise caution at all times, especially in tourist areas. Ensure personal belongings, passports and other travel documents are secure at all times. Avoid wearing jewellery or showing signs of affluence. Incidents should be reported to local police and victims should insist on receiving a copy of the report as police often only provide a slip of...

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  • DRIVING & REGULATIONS

    Driving in Cuba is dangerous. Traffic accidents are one of the most frequent causes of the detention and trial of Canadians in Cuba, whether you are responsible for the accident or not. Accidents that result in death or injury are treated like crimes and the onus is on the driver to prove innocence. Prison sentences can range from one to 10 years....

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  • train danger

    if you take the train to go anywhere make sure you keep an eye to your laggage at all time. Mine were stolen in the middle of the night by a guy that jump off the train while going slow in santa clara...the police aboard are useless and they will not help you.

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  • Cuba is expensive for foreigners

    Cuba has dual pricing system, so if you think to travel on budget in Cuba...it's hard to imagine. There are possibilites to save some money, but you must prepare yourself for abandonment.Drinks are usually 2-4 CUC, in hotels even more.Postcards are usuall 0,5 - 1 CUC.Entrance to some place is 2-5 CUC (night life).Baseball game 1 CUC (but our cuban...

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  • Expensive/overvalued

    Beware, although Cuba is a cheap country, the prices for tourist are often quite expensive. I think, they presume all tourist are millionaires who throw away their money.Tourist attractions (especially outside the big cities) are often overvalued - both in price and pride. I guess this is because Cubans don't know how to organise/manage it. They...

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  • Beware of Jinateros in Disguise

    You may feel very comfortable when you think that the person is being very friendly when he takes you to a place YOU are looking for.. Usually those who approach you are Jinateros or Panhandlers or Hustlers who make a good living off the tourists. Remember also, in cuba you cannot be part of the MARGINALIZED (visible) without working for State...

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  • All Cuban pesos are not created equal.

    If you stay in the resorts, this is unlikely to be a problem, but if you like to wander the streets, beware of the existence of regular pesos. Receiving regular pesos as change for a purchase would be a major rip-off. A regular peso is worth about 1/25th a convertible peso. Similiarly to pay for something on the street priced in regular pesos with...

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  • Pickpocket

    This is unfortunately now rampant in some areas. If you’re being jostled in a crowd situation in Havana or Santiago you will suffer pickpocket attempts. Watch out especially in local buses. anyway, its not so bad like anywhere else in the world

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  • Crime in Cuba

    Still (almost) unheard of - against tourists, that is. (Cuban to Cuban is a different story.) Like the Royal Canadian Mounted Police of olden times, the Cuban Police always “get their man.” I doubt there’s any place that can boast the almost 100% success rate for solving violent crime that the Cuban police do. Justice is swift and brutal. Result:...

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  • Never change money on the street

    A young couple tried to cheat on me. They appeared very innocent, warm-hearted and helpful. They even told me there's no need to be scared in Havana because Cubans are kind and friendly people and there are a lot of policemen on the street (which is true). They gained my trust and we walked and chatted together for quite a while. I almost changed...

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  • Small Crime

    Although Cuba is a safe country, be aware, especially in Habana with your belongings. They do not usually get violent but try to run with your things. They stole my digital camera and ran away and we dont have time to react.

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  • Security

    Cuba is quite a safe country (some say the most safe on the American continent). Violence against tourists is rare and even at night one can move quite safe if there is enough light. Avoid dark streets and some areas though, best to ask the staff at the hotel or a guide. Nevertheless there is small crime like pick-pockets (beware also of the kids)...

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  • Jineteros/Jineteras

    A friendly "Hey my friend!" "Amigo!" "English?" or questions about the time etc is common in tourist areas by so called "jineteros/jineteras", men and women who want to profit from tourists. Often this is an introduction to "get in business" with you. They offer private restaurants (where they get commission, and you will pay for it), cigars (black...

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  • "Salsa Teacher" in Havana (part 2)

    Normally they'd say they have a very good friend who is a Casa Particular owner. He can bring you there and you'd have a discount. Chances are they'd bring you to a Casa Particular which is not opened by anyone he knows. He'd go back later to collect his "commission". That's not the worst case. In our case, this self-called Salsa Teacher (I do...

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  • "Salsa Teacher" in Havana

    Cubans are well-known for their warmth and friendliness. It's very common for them to come up to say hello or chat with you... "China!", or "Chinita!" they normally started the conversation with me by this. To my surprised I was rarely taken as Japanese in Cuba as in everywhere else. But once it happened in Havana. One hot afternoon I was sitting...

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  • Really hot summer...be carefull...

    If U plan to go to Cuba on summer better be carefull. If U're from a country where usually there is not so to much sun, Norway or Canada for example, take a strong sun blocker. In summer, begining from about may until end of september, the temperatures in Cuba can be really high, specially on the eastern part of the country, Santiago de Cuba,...

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  • Havana: camera theft

    My girlfriend had her camera stolen the first evening we were in Havana. We had a false sense of security, and found out later that theft, especially camera theft is on the rise, especially in Havana. Violent theft is extremely rare, however. Cecyl had her camera in a bag, hanging from her shoulder and a boy yanked it off and then took off running....

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  • Traveling On to the USA

    Here's an obscure tip, but it was a question I searched for before I left on my trip and could never find a real answer to.If you itinerary includes Cuba, and then later the USA (although obviously with a stop in between), you might be wondering about taking embargoed Cuban goods through the States before you head off home.Despite every bit of...

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  • Photographing Military

    According to everything I've read, it's a big offence to be caught photographing military buildings or police stations or port facilities in Cuba. The obvious reason is because they fear spies, and those who might make attacks on such institutions. If you see something like that, try to resist the urge to photography it - I can't imagine time in a...

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