Cuba Cheat Sheet: Your Cuba Travel Guide
24 April, 2016
Cuba: a beautiful country with an intriguing past and promising future? It’s no wonder that so many travellers and tourists alike are keen to travel to Cuba to touch the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, taste the cheap and very available Cuban rum, and try their hand at some sexy salsa! This Cuba travel Guide will tell you the difference between your CUC and CUP and your casas and your capitalista! No stress, Cuba style! Click the articles below for our advice and tips gathered during our trip to Cuba – an easy to use Cuba cheat sheet!
Accommodation in Cuba
Naturally there are hotels in the main Cuba holiday towns and cities, there is even a handful of hostels in Havana. However one of the appealing aspects of deciding to travel in Cuba is that you get to live with locals in casas particulares. Each casa differs, and this article explains what casas in Cuba are, how they work, typical costs, and recommendations so you won’t have to research where to stay in Cuba any further!
Money in Cuba
Naturally many holiday makers visit Cuba as part of a Cuba vacation package but for those who are leaving the grounds of the Cuba resort on day trips or backpackers who are travelling independently, these two aspects of this Cuba tourism guide will be useful. The first post explains the two tier Cuban currency system and and the second sets out what we spent in Cuba over three weeks, including one week in cheap Cuba resort holiday (within a holiday!)
Internet and WiFi in Cuba
Does Cuba have the internet? Yes it does! Contrary to popular belief there is internet access in Cuba but not as you know it. This article will explain how WiFi in Cuba works, where to purchase ETECSA cards, who Cubacel are, the cost of WiFi access in Cuba, and which hotels have WiFi in Havana and Viñales.
Keeping Safe in Cuba
Crime rates are very low in Cuba but one of our most popular posts is this article on how to avoid Cuban scams! Like many developing countries, there are lots of people trying to make ends meet and if that means making ‘full use’ of Cuba tourism, they will try. Don’t be a mug, check out the scams we came across, plus the comments for the additional scams in Cuba our readers have shared! Come across any? Don’t be afraid to add them in the comments!
Cuba is a relatively small island but it is difficult to travel around. My best advice is to pick up a copy of Lonely Planet Cuba before you leave, make a plan, research the bus times online and print them out once you know which places to visit in Cuba. The following articles will give you taster of where to go in Cuba including history in Havana, mogotes and cigars in Viñales, and salsa and cycling in Trinidad. Our Havana travel guide also considers if Cuba tours are worth it.
Diving in Cuba
What other information on Cuba could one want? Like the sea? Cuba is one of the cheapest countries in the world to dive! Not a fan of the depth, why not try snorkelling in Cuba? We purchased a diving package in Cuba in the Playa Larga area, a magical experience – find out more by reading this post.
Food in Cuba
Food in Cuba varies in quality and availability, many Cubans live of rations after all. Some of our favourites were ropa vieja, tostones, and mojitos of course! Don’t get stuck with typical slow Cuban service with this restaurant guide.
Americans Travelling to Cuba
I’m British, sorry, we had no hassle getting into Cuba (once we worked out that our airline provided us with a Cuba Tourist Card at Bogota airport in Colombia) but I have roped in my trusty companion, Hannah from Getting Stamped to share her experience as an american traveling to Cuba.
Cuba Travel Guide Map
Planning on going to Cuba in the near future? Whether it’s for a Cuban beach resort vacation with day trips or a backpacking tour of Cuba, you won’t experience anywhere in the world quite like Cuba.