Useful travel tips for Cuba

Taxis in Havana Robin Thom/Flickr

Taxis in Havana Robin Thom/Flickr

Before traveling to a foreign country it is good to find out as many useful things as you can about the respective country, including the means of transportation with which you have to get there, the local currency, the quality of the transportation within the country, the eventual diseases (in case of a tropical country) and so on. If you are traveling to Cuba on your next holiday, you have found the right article. Below I will present you almost all the useful travel tips for Cuba that might come in handy, starting from the things you should put in your package to the transportation within the country and even tips for shopping. Read on to find out more about these.

Making your packages

Cuba is a fantastic tropical island where the temperature is usually raised. When making your packages, keep this in mind and get cotton clothes or other light fabrics with you. A great thing about Cuba is that almost all the resorts, public areas and restaurants are usually air conditioned. Winter is usually cooler, so it is recommended to bring a light overcoat with you. If you are traveling to the country during the rainy season (May to October), an umbrella is a must.

How to get there

As Cuba is an island, it is reachable by airplane or by boat. Whatever you choose, an airport or a boat make sure that you have a valid passport and a tourist card which is available at the airport (with the airline). A tourist card allows you to stay for three months in Cuba from the date you entered the country, being valid for one entry into the country. If you would like to stay more than three months in Cuba, you have to request an extension.

Money

The currency in Cuba is the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC). The value of the CUC is equal with US dollar. If you want to exchange US dollars into the CUC, you have to pay a 10% surcharge. It is important to mention that exchanges from Euros, Canadian dollars, Swiss Francs and UK pounds do not incur a surcharge.

20 CUC LeafLanguages/Flickr

20 CUC LeafLanguages/Flickr

Transportation

The country is well developed in terms of transportation. It has great taxi services, not to mention the car and motorcycle rentals. If you would like to make excursions within the country, it is recommended to contact your hotel’s tourism desk. If you are in Havana or Varadero, get on a tour bus. It surely goes along the major attractions of the city.

Taxis in Havana Robin Thom/Flickr

Taxis in Havana Robin Thom/Flickr

Shopping

Before you return home, you surely want to buy some souvenirs and gifts. There are fantastic shops all around Cuba, including shops in airports and hotels. You can buy cigars, rum, coffee, different crafts, books and other souvenirs.

Cuban cigars alexbrn/Flickr

Cuban cigars alexbrn/Flickr

 

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