Essentials for Planning Your Trip to Cuba

Essentials for Planning Your Trip to CubaCuba is a fascinating country, steeped in culture and history. Since Fidel Castro took power to become Prime Minister in 1959, Cuba has remained a mysterious place for outsiders. But now, travellers have started to take notice of the country’s unique heritage and its spectacular beauty.

We’ve composed some tips for travellers who are hoping to experience the Caribbean’s biggest and most fascinating country.

What You Need to Know

Before your trip to Cuba, here are a few essentials that you’ll need to know before travelling:

  • The currency used is the Cuban Peso.
  • Most international flights land at José Martí airport in Havana but there are also flights available to some of the regional airports.
  • Always carry money to pay in cash for meals as not all restaurants accept card payments.
  • It’s appropriate to tip waiters, hotel staff (such as cleaners and baggage handlers), car park attendants, toilet attendants and tour guides. In restaurants, a 10-12% tip is acceptable.
  • There is a low percentage of car owners in Cuba so urban buses, also known as guaguas, are the most commonly used form of transport.

Where to Travel in Cuba

Whether you’re looking for a city break, a relaxing beach holiday or experiencing the country’s natural beauty, Cuba offers plenty of choice for a traveller. The country is so diverse that there are even travel companies that specialise in holidays there, such as Cuba Holidays. We’ve picked out some of the best places in Cuba for you to visit:

The Best Places for Culture

You can’t miss out on a trip to the capital city, Havana. It’s quaint cobbled streets and vintage American cars will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Best explored on foot, you’ll be able to stumble upon their many wonderful markets, try out their delicious street food and experience the beauty of the famous Malecón, the soulful and charming esplanade along the city’s coast.

The Best Beaches in Cuba

Experience the magnificence of white sand and glittering blue waters in some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Varadero Beach is perhaps Cuba’s most famous beach, which stretches over 12 miles and is surrounded by natural wonders, such as sea caves and coral reefs.

Thrill seekers can enjoy waters ports such as kayaking, windsurfing and sailing at Cayos Coco, where the shallow waters are also ideal for families with young children.

Experiencing Nature

Home to nine UNESCO World Heritage sites, Cuba’s natural beauty is unique and often breath-taking. Nature lovers should head to the Viñales Valley, which is famous for its traditional tobacco crops and is surrounded by majestic mountains and dramatic limestone outcrops that are as high as 300m.

So, what are you waiting for? Experience the diverse culture, the beauty, and the natural delights that Cuba has to offer a traveller. You won’t regret it!

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