Holidays in Cuba: a tourist guide
Many tourists from all over the world are attracted to Cuba – a distant and incredibly beautiful state located in the north of the Caribbean Sea. Before you go on vacation, it is recommended that you familiarize yourself with some of the features of this state that vacationers will encounter.
1. So, when planning a trip to Cuba, it is important to know that a flight to one of the major cities of this state (Havana, Varadero) takes an average of 12-13 hours (if you fly from Moscow or St. Petersburg). Accordingly, you should thoroughly prepare for such a long flight: stock up on entertaining materials (books, magazines, tablet, etc.), take earplugs, moisturizer, candy, necessary medicines, wear comfortable shoes and socks (to be able to take off your shoes in airplane).
It is very difficult to transfer a 12-hour flight, so it is better to check in as early as possible in order to get the most comfortable seats in the cabin.
2. In Cuba, there are two official currencies, however, only one is of interest to a tourist – the convertible Cuban peso CUC (or “cookie”). Going to Cuba, you should take money in euros with you, which then change to local currency. You can exchange money at the airport upon arrival, at a hotel, banks or exchange offices. In addition, in Cuba you can pay with international cards (Visa and Mastercard).
3. As well as when vacationing in other foreign countries, when traveling to Cuba, it is important to take photocopies of all documents with you – foreign and civil passports, hotel reservation, airline ticket. These documents will be very useful if suddenly a tourist loses the original documents on the territory of a foreign country.
4. In Cuba, American sockets are used, that is, in most cases you need an adapter (if you need to charge your phone, laptop, tablet and other devices). You can take the adapter with you, or you can buy it directly at the vacation spot. In addition, it should be borne in mind that in Cuba, the voltage in the network is from 110 to 220 volts.
5. You can travel around the streets of Cuban cities by bus – this is the most common form of public transport. The fare depends on the specific city, but, as a rule, it is low. In addition, special tourist buses travel around Cuba, where you can travel to any tourists.
Tourists often rent bicycles and move around the city on them. This is the second most popular form of transport in Cuba. The main thing to remember is that you cannot leave a bicycle unattended in the streets.
Holders of an international driving license can rent a car. However, a little advice – really experienced drivers should rent a car, since Cuba has very poor roads, very few signs and markings. Traffic rules correspond to European ones, and traffic here is right-hand.
You can also take a taxi around the cities of Cuba, but it will come out very expensive. The main thing to remember is that you must agree on the price of the trip before it starts, otherwise disagreements with the driver may arise.
6. Going on vacation to any foreign country, you should know in advance about the accepted tip standards, because in most countries, gratuities are an integral part of local service. As for Cuba, here the tip should be left to all people who provide services – maids, drivers, waiters, porters, etc. The tip size, on average, should be 10% of the bill for the service provided.
7. The Internet and Cuba are still not very compatible, so Cuba is hardly suitable for ardent fans of social networks and other cyber entertainment. Of course, in some hotels there are Internet cafes, but there are quite a few of them. And this wireless Internet has so far touched this country.
7. The most important question that worries tourists who are traveling for the first time to Cuba is what to bring from this country as souvenirs to their relatives, friends, acquaintances. The main souvenirs are rum and cigars. A tourist can take out from the country up to 200 cigars (if there is a receipt) and no more than two liters of rum.
However, not everyone likes rum and cigars, therefore, as a souvenir from Cuba, you can also bring various jewelry made of black coral, pearls and even tortoise shell. The famous Cuban coffee will also be a nice gift. At the same time, it can be taken out of the country in any quantity, the main thing is that all baggage should not exceed the limit established by the airline.