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// MARCH 2016
Until the next ... always

In general (Smile & Say Hello, Keep in touch, Don’t be afraid, Eat local food, Take many photos)


Money

Cuba is still a cash economy so you better take with you lots of cash to last for most of your trip. Dollars are still not very welcomed if compared to euros.

They don’t accept foreign currency (only in Havana and again not in all shops)

Absolutely necessary the CUC
Equivalence with $ USA, 1 to 1

CUP the national currency for the Cubans
1CUC = 20CUP

If you appear with banknotes equivalent to a large amount of money, you will be asked to show them your passport.

Credit cards are almost unknown to them and that goes for Internet too.


General

  • Internet is only in large hotels.
  • We waited 2,5 hours to get our luggage. 

It is possible that it can happen to you too. Be prepared in advance. 

When to go there

Mid November to March is the coolest, driest, and busiest season. May and June are the wet seasons, but Cuban highlights like the tobacco harvesting and carnival happen at this time. July to November is hurricane season, so there’s a chance to stormy weather between these months – especially more towards late August to early October when it’s the peak of the hurricane season.

Paladares Particulares

Drink bottled water and try not to eat so much in the state run restaurants. State run restaurants do not care so much for the profit, so they do not focus on the good quality. Prefer the private run ones known as Paladares Particulares. They will offer much better quality since they are in danger of going bankrupt, if not making enough profit. Hemingway made La Bodeguita del Medio famous, but now is just an overprised  state run restaurants. It would be a better idea to enjoy your drinks somewhere else. 

 

Transports

Cuba is relatively well connected by bus, but you better be at the station an hour before departure.
In any case if the bus is overloaded or it happens to miss it you have another option.
There are always taxi drivers standing in front of a station and they offer a shared taxi ride to some of the most popular destinations in Cuba.
But keep in mind, that if you share your taxi with locals you may end paying more than them.
This is Cuba and you are always a tourist there much better off than Cubans themselves.

Vintage taxis

Don’t get too excited with all those beautiful vintage Chevrolets that you have seen in photos concerning Havana.
It is almost impossible to get a chance to drive one yourselves. 
Since it is a service for tourists only you can only get a ride and only through a select route in Havana.

 

Hotels

Casas Particulares

There are several good hotels in Cuba, but there is also an alternative form of accommodation, the Casas Particulares.
These are rooms or apartments rented by locals for a daily fee. Sometimes, you might rent an apartment for yourself while in other cases you might rent a room in a family’s house and share the common spaces with them.
Many families have turned their houses into Casas Particulares with several rooms to make a living in Cuba.
If you can, stay in a Casa Particular for the local experience and to help the family’s local business.
The base price per night in a Casa Particular is $25+, which is a fraction of what you’ll pay at a hotel.

 

Sights

Explore Havana, dance with locals in the squares and do not be afraid to stroll around a typical neighborhood.
Cubans are friendly and opened hearted people, so make the most of your travelling experience there.
Visit the idyllic and nostalgic Trinidad, go to Varadero if you wish to be more pampered in a traditional touristic way and of course pay a visit to Santa Clara, which is connected with Cuba’s modern history. You will get the chance to see Che Guevara’s mausoleum there too. 

 

Fun

Visit Casa de la Musica, Miramar for enjoying a nice Mojito, for listening real Cuban music and mixing with the locals.
An absolute must, Hemingway’s favorite place El Floridita is one of the most elegant bars in Havana and the best place to try Mojitos and Daiquiris.

El Gato Tuerto

One of the top choices for eating, with excellent service and great food.
Very atmospheric, more local than touristic, it also offers great music, (although the program starts a bit late) and it has a unique atmosphere. 
You may get the chance to meet many interesting people, Cubans and international visitors.

Country: Cuba
Date: 2016
Route: Cuba
Cities: Thessaloniki, Mexico City, Havana, Trinidad, Santiago de Cuba, Guardalavaca, Cayo Coco, Varadero, Havana, Havana 2, Panama City
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Country: Cuba
Date: 2016
Route: Cuba
Cities: Thessaloniki, Mexico City, Havana, Trinidad, Santiago de Cuba, Guardalavaca, Cayo Coco, Varadero, Havana, Havana 2, Panama City
Duration: 9
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Country: Cuba
Date: 2016
Route: Cuba
Cities: Thessaloniki, Mexico City, Havana, Trinidad, Santiago de Cuba, Guardalavaca, Cayo Coco, Varadero, Havana, Havana 2, Panama City
Duration: 9 days
Difficulty:
Population: 11.418.197
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