Cuba is an incredible place with so much history and some of the friendliest people I have had the privilege to of met.
Travelling to Cuba is pretty simple and travelling around Cuba is too. They are very welcoming to tourists as they know it is amazing for their economy. So, it is built to help you have an easy trip!
Before you travel:
So your flight is booked now what?
- You need a visa, which is pretty easy to get online. Just order it within good time I got mine from www.visacuba.com and had no issues!
- Travel insurance is vital! Especially is you’re like me and you get sick, it is a very expensive bill, when you could of just paid £25 for insurance.
- Plan your journey and try and book at least one Airbnb before you arrive in Havana. Mainly because internet is hard to log onto, so booking when you are there is hard.
- Money – you can’t change CUC outside of Cuba. So, either contact your bank to say you’re travelling abroad and you can find a hole in the wall whilst you’re there. Or take out enough money to exchange when you arrive.
- Obviously make sure you have an up-to date passport!
- Supermarkets are like finding a needle in a haystack! And there definitely isn’t a Boots so make sure to stock up on all your travel bits before going, especially toothpaste and razors!
The people of Cuba!
Cubans are some of the nicest people, they are so friendly and welcoming. However, if you work for the government your wages are extremely low. The average worker makes £20 per month, and for a highly qualified doctor they earn roughly £50 a month. It’s unbelievable, so with that being said they are in no rush. So being patient is key in Cuba, also be polite as you don’t want to make their working day even worse.
Travelling around Cuba
Travelling around Cuba is the same price in a taxi as it is by bus, considering you can find the right amount of people to travel in your taxi. However, most of the time the people that stop you on the street will find the other people for you. They pick you up from your front door and drop you where you are staying, so it is so much easier than catching a bus with 40 other people!
There are two different currencies, CUC and CUP, we never had a problem with this, however if you pay in CUP you are paying 10 times the amount. So, always make sure to have CUC and avoid CUP.
Cuba is an extremely safe country, not once did I feel unsafe for myself or my belongings!
Wifi is a story of its own… I heard before travelling to Cuba that trying to find wifi is pretty tricky. However, it is such a culture shock, which in itself is pretty sad. You seriously realise how addicted you are to your phone when in Cuba. The first couple of days I was scratching to look at my phone, and by the end it was so nice not to always be messaging someone, or constantly checking emails, or Instagram.
However, here’s how to find it for when you do have the detox itch…. You need to buy a wifi card, they can usually be bought in hotels whether you are a guest or not. Some shops sell them, but trying to find those shops is difficult. They usually cost 1 or 2 CUC anymore than that and you’re being ripped off! Each card gives you an hour of wifi, so use the time wisely!
Then you need to find a wifi hotspot, this part is easy as you will see people just randomly sat on the side of the street on their phone. Hotels, restaurants, parks are usually the place to sit.
When to visit Cuba
The best time of year to go I would suggest is November/ December time. We travelled in December and it was hot enough. Their summers are much hotter, so travelling around with luggage, and walking around cities will be extremely uncomfortable!
Make sure to check out my blog specifically on Havana!
I hope you have liked my Cuba blog series. If you have any questions shoot me an email or leave it in the comments below.