The largest island in The Caribbean, Cuba is a country that offers colorful architecture, friendly locals, beautiful beaches, natural attractions and one of the best dancing scenes I know.  Is practically a living museum that will take you back in time. 

Why Visit Cuba

HISTORY & ARCHITECTURE

Cuba has a tumultuous history, that unfortunately, is not over yet. On this island time seems to have stopped, thanks in its majority to its political issues, as the country has not undergone significant changes since the 1960s, which undoubtedly contributes to give that picturesque and colonial air to the whole island, the facades of the houses and buildings full of colors with balconies and patios surrounded by columns, especially in Havana. 

LANDSCAPES

There is no doubt that Cuban beaches are among the most beautiful in the Caribbean. Its 13 miles (22 Km) of white sand beaches and turquoise to emerald sea are difficult to resist. But there is more to that. Hidden caves, waterfalls, mountain ranges can be found in the beautiful island.

PEOPLE

Cubans are party people, friendly, hospitable and happy. Foreigners who visit the island and have the opportunity to interact with the people realize this and generally say that what they liked best about Cuba was its people.

SALSA

Whether on the beach, on the street or in the bar, salsa will follow everywhere in Cuba. Cubans come from a mix of Europeans  and Africans, Spanish guitars and fused drums. Over the years, they have created a rich and vibrant mix that dances to the beat of rumba, salsa, mambo and chachachá. 

UNSPOILED

Due to decades of political isolation, Cuba has remained undiscovered. Cuba is rarely the first destination when planning a getaway. Traveling to Cuba is a way to disconnect in every way, from the internet, from work, from routine and above all from the stress to which modern civilization is subjected, as there is an overall lack of technology in the country and WIFI is not precisely common. 

The largest island in The Caribbean, Cuba is a country that offers colorful architecture, friendly locals, beautiful beaches, natural attractions and one of the best dancing scenes I know.  Is practically a living museum that will take you back in time. 

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Why Visit Cuba

HISTORY & ARCHITECTURE

Cuba has a tumultuous history, that unfortunately, is not over yet. On this island time seems to have stopped, thanks in its majority to its political issues, as the country has not undergone significant changes since the 1960s, which undoubtedly contributes to give that picturesque and colonial air to the whole island, the facades of the houses and buildings full of colors with balconies and patios surrounded by columns, especially in Havana. 

LANDSCAPES

There is no doubt that Cuban beaches are among the most beautiful in the Caribbean. Its 13 miles (22 Km) of white sand beaches and turquoise to emerald sea are difficult to resist. But there is more to that. Hidden caves, waterfalls, mountain ranges can be found in the beautiful island.

PEOPLE

Cubans are party people, friendly, hospitable and happy. Foreigners who visit the island and have the opportunity to interact with the people realize this and generally say that what they liked best about Cuba was its people.

SALSA

Whether on the beach, on the street or in the bar, salsa will follow everywhere in Cuba. Cubans come from a mix of Europeans  and Africans, Spanish guitars and fused drums. Over the years, they have created a rich and vibrant mix that dances to the beat of rumba, salsa, mambo and chachachá. 

UNSPOILED

Due to decades of political isolation, Cuba has remained undiscovered. Cuba is rarely the first destination when planning a getaway. Traveling to Cuba is a way to disconnect in every way, from the internet, from work, from routine and above all from the stress of modern lifestyle, as there is an overall lack of technology in the country and WIFI is not precisely common.

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What to expect

LANGUAGE

Spanish is the official language in Cuba. Due to the increase in the tourism industry, some cubans will speak English, but mostly in larger cities and tourist attractions. You are encouraged to learn simple words and basic phrases in Spanish, cuban will really appreciate it.

ELECTRICITY

In Cuba the standard voltage is 110V and the frequency is 60 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in the american continent; If you are traveling from the EU you will need an adaptor.

CURRENCY

The Cuban peso is the official currency in Cuba. However, the CUP (Cuban convertible peso) is another circulating currency of the country (is very confusing). Other foreign currencies, like dollars and euros, will gladly be accepted, as per the devaluation of their money. Credit cards are accepted in bigger establishments only, like hotels and restaurants. It is better to exchange your money through somebody instead of doing it through the exchange houses or banks, as the exchange rate will be better. ATM’s are not widely available. 1 USD equals 1 CUC, while 1 USD equals 25 CUP. CUC are more common than CUPs (as of 2020, official).

CLIMATE

Cuba enjoys a sub-tropical weather with plenty of sunshine, heat and humidity. The average year-round temperature is approximately 79 °F (26 °C) in the north.

SAFETY

Cuba is a relatively safe country, with low crime rates (especially violent) due to the high presence of law enforcement everywhere. However, we need to remember that poverty rates in Cuba are high, and petty crime such as pickpocketing do happen, especially in crowded areas, tourist attractions or on parked vehicles. Be cautious and use your common sense like you would anywhere else.

How to get around

By plane

Flying is always the most expensive but most convenient way of getting around. There are 11 routes available in Cuba, but all of them will have to stop in Havana. 

By Car

Renting a car in Cuba is an option if you are planning to visit places that are out of reach of the bus or train network or if you are going to be moving a lot. All car agencies in Cuba are state run, and international car hiring agencies do not serve the country. Unfortunately, renting a car is not cheap, and there are a couple hazards you should be aware of: road conditions, lack of road signs and street lighting.

By Bus

Traveling by bus is the most common way of moving around cuba. Also known as “guaguas”, cuban buses are divided in Intercity buses and local buses. The intercity ones are operated by the national bus network, connecting all the major cities and some minor towns. They are reliable and relatively quick. (There are also some private owners who will transport passengers between cities and towns on their trucks) Local buses in the other hand, are usually overcrowded, with a lack of information of routes and times. The only way to find that out is by asking to a local. They are usually operated by private owners. 

By Taxi

Taxis are one of the most popular way to getting around in the cities, especially in Havana. Vintage cars are very attractive to tourists and one of the iconic symbols of Cuba. Be aware that taxis do not have meters and prices will have to be negotiated in advance. Although the majority of taxis are run by private owners, the government also has “tourist taxis”, that are usually newer cards cnd are allow to charge in CUC. Shared taxis are also available and are usually referred as “colectivos”, and will transport passenger between towns and cities. 

By Train

Cuba is the only country in the Caribbean with a rail system. However, trains are slow are delays and cancellations are not uncommon. The main line serves all major cities in Cuba, including: Havana, Santiago de Cuba, Santa Clara and Camaguey. 


Visa Policy

Citizens of the following 19 countries can visit Cuba without a visa: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kenya, Malaysia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Russia, Serbia, UAE, Grenada, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, Belarus, Mongolia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Singapore, Barbados, Dominica, Namibia.

Nationals of the following countries are required to obtain a Cuban visa: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, India, Iran, Iraq, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Uzbekistan, Yemen.

Citizens of all other countries are required to purchase a Visa / Tourist Card (Visa – Tarjeta de Turista) prior to arrival, which can be acquired from Cuban missions, travel agencies, airlines, or licensed online retailers. A tourist card grants a maximum stay of 30 days (90 days for Canadian citizens). 


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