Cuba is an amazingly diverse island nation in the Caribbean. As a communist country, tourism has been very light until recent years, when the United States began to lift some travel restrictions, making it easier to visit Cuba.
A trade embargo since the 1960s has left Cuba a sort of time capsule, with classic 1950s cars being a main attraction for visitors to the capital city of Havana.
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Currency: Cuban peso can be withdrawn from ATMs throughout Cuba, however keep in mind that smaller cities or towns may not have access to ATMs and its recommended to withdraw cash and take it with you.
Power Points: Most power points are the same as North American power points (2 flat prongs). Obviously I would recommend you take a Travel Adapter especially for non Europeans.
Official Language: The official language of Cuba is Cuban Spanish, which is different to Spanish spoken in Spain.
Health: There are a few major health concerns in Cuba for travellers such as outbreaks of dengue and chikungunya are common. Risks are higher during the wet season from April to November. Zika virus is a risk, but it’s not widespread. I would recommend that you contact your doctor a few weeks before you travel as in some cases you need to start any medication a few days before your trip or you may need to get a vaccination.
Drinking Tap Water: The tap water is not generally safe to drink and its suggested to only drink bottled water.
Visa: You need a visa to enter Cuba. If your visit is for tourism, you can get a ‘tourist card’ through your travel agent, airline or embassy or consulate of Cuba. The tourist card includes a tourist visa.
Popular foods: – Ropa vieja (boiled and shredded meat, cooked in a sauce with veggies). – Arroz y Frijoles Negros (rice an black beans). – Yuca con mojo (marinated yuca root in garlic, lime, and olive oil served with onion). – Cuban sandwich (ham and cheese sandwich). – Arroz con Nuevo Frito (rice and fried egg).
When to go: The dry season is the ideal time to visit Cuba. (November to April). March is a particular busy month for travel to Cuba. Traveling is relaxing and easy during the dry season because of the clear skies, constant warmth, and low humidity.
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