Tips to know Cuba

Meals

Food in Cuba is very tasty and mostly cheap, locals take their time to eat all together around a table in their Casas. You can find many restaurants and cafeterias around the city, and finding yourself enjoying a great meal. Prices per meal vary depending on the place you choose, basically you can find great choices for 10-20 CUC per person. On your introductory city tour our tour leader can give you some restaurant suggestions in your itinerary, so you can all eat together, taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. Although we remind you, there is no obligation to do so.

Tourist Cards-Visas

In order to travel to Cuba, it is mandatory to purchase a Tourist Card/Visa. Cuban Tourist Cards are valid for 30 days and for one entry only and they can be extended through Immigration office in Cuba for 30 more days. They can be purchased on cubavisas.com.

Medical Travel Insurance

All tourists entering Cuba will require a "Medical Travel Insurance" approved by the Cuban authorities. We urge you to check with your insurance provider to ensure your policy is on the list of approved providers. If it is not, tourists will be obligated to purchase an insurance (or policy) upon arrival in Cuba. The cost of buying this insurance in Cuba will be in addition to any insurance already purchased, and the rates for these policies you will know on your arrival, those local rates are only applicable by Insurance Cuban company. To get more info visit Cuba Cover .com.

Money

Cuba has a dual currency: the Cuban convertible peso (CUC), which you will exchange and use in Cuba. The other monetary unit is the Cuban peso, also called ''moneda nacional'' or CUP. You can use both currencies, but is more common to use CUC. (1 CUC=0.87 USD) (1 CUC=24 CUP). CUCs are only available in Cuba and they can be purchased at the Cuban airports, banks, some hotels and Cadecas or Casas de Cambio (currency exchange offices). In the main cities ATMs are available. Cards accepted in Cuba are Visa and MasterCard, that are not issued by US banks - you should check with your financial institutions for the latest information. You will be charged a 3% processing fee for a cash advance from the Cuban bank as well as whatever your home bank charges. In addition, USD have a 10% charge so it’s better to come with Euros, CAD, GBP, AUD...

Internet

Cuba does not have widely accessible internet or free WIFI. To access the WIFI you will have to access the hotspots around the city (mainly parks or very specific avenues), also in hotels. To access the internet you will have to buy internet cards.

Electrical Voltage

The electrical current in Cuba is mostly 110 volts AC (the same as in the U.S.). We recommend bringing a multi-adapter which will ensure that you can plug in and charge any devices in your room. You may need a power converter if your appliance or device doesn't provide a range of currents such as 110-240v or 120-240v.

Cuba is a very safe country

Cuba is the safest country in Latin America, with a very low crime rate. Of course as in any country you should be careful with your stuff, especially when walking down the crowded streets of Old Havana.