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FAQ about Travelling to Cuba

Is it necessary to book accommodation?

Our advice is: book the first few nights in Havana, then book as you go. Do it in private houses: they are the cheapest way to stay and allow you to have real contact with the Cubans.
On the other hand, if you prefer not to waste time and energy in finding your ideal house, you can make reservations before arriving in Cuba. We advise you to have a look at this web where there are many options, always in private houses

What’s the temperature in Cuba?

Cuba has about the same temperatures all over its surface. The south-eastern part of the island, where the city of Santiago de Cuba is located, only enjoys the highest temperatures a little longer. Thus, mild temperatures, which are between 24°C and 28°C, settle in the western part of the island (where Havana is located) from November to March. They give way to the highest temperatures, 30°C on average, from April to October.

The eastern part of the island benefits from mild temperatures in January and February and the thermometer shows higher temperatures from March to December.

What is the Best time to go to Cuba

The best time to go to Cuba, if you want to avoid precipitation, is between December and May, during the dry season. If your stay with TUI takes place mainly in Havana, the capital of the island, we advise you to leave in February or March because the rainfall is only 40 mm. These are therefore also the months when the sunny weather is the most important throughout the year.

Is Cuba safe to travel ?

Cuba is a very safe place for the whole family. Children can travel to Cuba without any problems; and women can walk alone in the streets with complete freedom and confidence.
You just have to be careful and have common sense to avoid unpleasant surprises during your stay in Cuba.

How much time do I need to visit Cuba ?

A basic itinerary needs a minimum of 15 days and could be the following: Havana (2 days) – Trinidad (2 days) – Santa Clara (1 day) – Cayo Santa María (3 days) – Varadero (3 days) – Viñales (2 days) – Havana (1 day).

Do I need a visa to travel to Cuba?

The answer is YES! Although it is actually a “Tourist Card” that must be applied for in advance of your trip. To get it you can go to the office of one of the Cuban consulates in Spain, although the best thing is to go to some online company specialized in this procedure, which obviously will charge you a supplement (to our taste, it’s worth it). You will also need to take out a mandatory travel insurance. We always travel with IATI, here we tell you how to choose the best travel insurance.

Is Vaccination required to enter in Cuba ?

To travel to Cuba it is not obligatory to be vaccinated of anything. You will not be asked for your vaccination letter at the airport on your arrival. However, some vaccinations are recommended (hepatitis A and B, rabies, typhoid fever…). Check with your international vaccination centre.

Which is the best Beach in Cuba?

Most people want to know which is the best beach in Cuba. I’m going to tell you something to calm you down : you will love any beach you go to.

How to get to Cuba ?

Getting by plane in Cuba
There are 11 airports on the island : Havana (international airport), Varadero, Nueva Gerona (Isla de Juventud), Cayo Lardo del Sur, Cayo Coco, Santa Clara, Camagüey, Holguin, Las Tunas, Bayamo, Santiago de Cuba (international airport).
The companies are Cubana de Aviacion, Aerogaviota and Aercaribbean.
We recommend domestic flights only if you don’t have time to take the tour in a rental car, as flight prices are quite high and the weight of luggage allowed is limited (especially with the company Aerocaribbean).

What is the currency used in Cuba?

Cuba has the particularity of using 2 types of currencies: the Cuban Peso or CUP and the Cuban Convertible Peso or CUC, with 1 CUC = 25 CUP.
As a foreigner, you will use the CUC to pay for your purchases, hotel expenses, transportation…
You will be able to convert your euros at the airport, in the national banks or in the exchange offices called Cadeca.
If you prefer to pay by credit card, use your VISA card and not your MasterCard.

Do I need to bring an adapter or transformer to Cuba?

In Cuba the sockets are of the American type with two flat legs (Type A). In general the electricity in Cuba is 110V/60Hz, although in some hotels (normally in the bathrooms) they have 220V and a socket for round legs of European type. (A type C)
It is advisable to ask at your hotel before leaving and to bring an adapter if necessary.
Do you need a transformer? This depends on your electronic devices. Check your chargers to see if they are compatible with 110V.

What time is it in Cuba?

The time zone in Cuba is GMT – 4

How do I get around in Cuba?

You can take a plane if you want to move quickly through the island and its archipelagos. Otherwise, you can take the bus, either to get around the city or to get to the different points of interest. Taxis are also a good solution for your stays in the city.
Finally, if you have your driving licence, you can rent a car.

Cuba: What budget should you plan ?

The cost of living in Cuba is a little more affordable than in France.
For your information, meals in restaurants cost between 3 and 9 € per person, fast-food menus cost an average of 5 €.
For transportation, count about 0.5 € per bus ticket.
Taxi fares cost an average of €0.5 to €0.9 per kilometre.
If you plan to rent a car, you should know that the price of a litre of unleaded petrol varies between €1 and €1.5.
In short, plan to spend at least €60 per person per day for a comfortable holiday in Cuba.

What are the Cuban culinary specialties?

Cuba offers a wide choice of tasty dishes where meat is particularly honoured.
Among the national specialties is the Picadillo, a delicious mixture of minced meat, garlic, onion and spices.
It is traditionally eaten with Moros y Cristianos, a dish of rice and black beans.
For those who want to try something new, try the crocodile meat that Cubans usually cook with spicy pineapple.
Speaking of pineapples, this fruit is a real institution in the country where it is cooked sweet, salty, spicy…
The Cuban-style stuffed pineapple is a dish that you absolutely must try.
As well as Ropa Vieja, a dish made of filamentous beef, simmered for a long time in a special broth.
For dessert, try the delicious Cuban flank, then finish your meal with a coffee that the locals like very strong and very sweet.
Lovers of full-bodied drinks will find their happiness with the local rum and tasty cocktails, including the unmissable Mojito and Cuba Libre.

What to Pack for Cuba ?

In Cuba, it is warm all year round, even in winter.
So you can fill your suitcase with T-shirts, tank tops, shorts, little summer dresses…
and don’t forget bathing suits and beach towels.
Remember to protect yourself from the sun by bringing a hat, sunglasses and of course sunscreen.

What are the Events and Celebrations in Cuba ?

– Important holidays 1 January: Feast of the revolution.
– 28 January: Birth of José Marti, organizer of the War of Independence
– 8 March: International Gem Day
– 19 April: Anniversary of the Bay of Pigs victory
– 1 May: Labour Day
– July: Carnival in Santiago, national holiday (25, 26 and 27), anniversary of the assault on the Moncada barracks
– 8 October: Anniversary of the death of Che 10 October: Anniversary of the War of Independence
– 28 October: Anniversary of the death of Camilo Cienfuegos
– 25 December: Christmas
– 31 December: Museums are closed.

How is the Accommodation in Cuba ?

In Cuba, there are different categories of hotels and there is something for all tastes and budgets.
During the high season (December to April), it is best to book hotels in advance to make sure you have places in the most correct hotels.
Most accommodations in Cuba include breakfast (desayuno) and the arrival and departure times are 12:00-14:00.
The hotel classification in Cuba is quite vague, some 4* hotels are only 2*, some 2* hotels have more charm than 4* hotels.

Rent a car in Cuba?

It is very expensive to rent a car in Cuba Besides, the roads are in a correct state. But traveling to Cuba is all about meeting and talking with the people there, so unless you pick up someone hitchhiking, you will miss what for us was the best part of the trip, talking with the Cubans.
So rent a car only if really you need to

Is the water in Cuba drinkable?

Although the water is drinkable in places like Havana, it will be much better, to avoid problems you drink bottled water.
Cuba is not a country where traveler’s diarrhea is common, but better to prevent than to cure. Anyway, if you have any doubts about the water being there, it is better to ask the people where you are staying.

How is Internet Access and Wifi in Cuba ?

Internet access has long been one of the downsides of traveling to Cuba.
Fortunately, in the last months of 2018 the connection of the island to the network of networks improved substantially and it is already possible to connect with 3G technology from many points (in addition, tests are being made to introduce 4G technology in Havana).
At present there is only one telephone company on the island: ETECSA, which is responsible for providing Internet access via WiFi and mobile data
Connecting to the Internet in Cuba
Although you can already navigate from your mobile phone with data packages, as a tourist it is normal to buy prepaid cards and connect at the WIFI_ETECSA points that are scattered in parks, cafes, hotels, beaches and other places in the country.
The company sells prepaid cards of 30 minutes, 1 hour and 5 hours that are valid for 30 days after their first use.
Prices are 30 min. – 0.50 CUC, 1 hour – 1 CUC, 5 hours – 5 CUC.
The ETECSA offices where you can buy them usually have a queue so it is best to buy several 1 hour or 5 hour ones.
Bring your passport because if you buy 3 or more cards per person you will be asked for it.
The situation to connect to Internet in Cuba is changing very quickly and very probably what you read today in a few months will be outdated.
It’s worth having a look at the ETECSA page to keep up to date.
more info : Communication in Cuba

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