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Travelling to Cuba 

Your guide on what to see and do

Cuba Travel

Caribbean soul steeped in American history, there’s nowhere else like Cuba.

 

 

Here’s our essential guide to everything you should see and do.

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Experience Havana

 

Every trip to Cuba should include a visit to Havana, the lively capital that is a must see. Mostly unchanged since its 1950s heyday, to stroll around Havana is like going back in time.  With a rich and fascinating history, Havana's sightseeing is centred around its varied architecture. Just watching the vintage cars rolling along and people watching is a day out in itself, but the UNESCO World Heritage Site, historic old town of La Habana Vieja is not to be missed with its magnificent colonial buildings waiting to be explored  The best view of the city is from the Camera Obscura, which provides a 360-degree look from atop the Plaza Vieja. The Museo de la Revolución is also a major stop for history buffs. Fans of Ernest Hemingway can visit the museum dedicated to him on the outskirts of town. Havana is special for visitors simply because it feels so authentic, with a distinct character and little of the tacky tourist developments that overrun many other Caribbean destinations.

 

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 Enjoy beautiful beaches and islands

After a long day sightseeing or if you’re just simply looking for a slice of Caribbean bliss, head straight to the beaches of Cuba. Here you’ll find palm tree lined white sand beaches with the most gorgeous turquoise waters that you’ve ever dreamed of. Enjoy salsa music in the sun in Trinidad or the rugged jungle charm of Baracoa, the undiscovered beauty of the tiny island of Cayo Largo del Sur just off of the coast, and the popular resort heaven of Varadero.

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Soak up the culture and history

Whether you’re a fan of delving into history or dancing in the streets until dawn, Cuba is rich in culture, which is largely an amalgamation of African and Spanish influences. Santiago de Cuba is the country’s second city, home to Revolution Square and a thriving party spirit. Whether it’s live salsa in a restaurant or traditional trova performed at a dance hall, Cuba is renowned for music. Cubans are extremely musical, and you’ll see them dancing, singing, and playing instruments most everywhere you go. The Callejon de Hemel has been the hot spot for Cuba’s musicians since the 1940s and the streets of Santa Clara stand as a shrine to the revolutionary Che Guevara. 

Money 

 

There are two official currencies in Cuba: the Cuban convertible peso (CUC) and the Cuban peso (CUP). The CUC is the country’s major currency and is pegged against the US dollar. The CUP is a less used unit of currency, normally used for street food, small purchases in local shops or on local buses.

Here’s a rough guide to what you can expect to spend in Cuba, with prices in British pounds:

Inexpensive meal for one – £4

Bottle of water – 35p

0.5 litre beer – 65p

Mid-range restaurant meal for one – £8

Cappuccino – 85p

Local bus ticket – 5p

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Neither CUC or CUP are available outside of Cuba, which means you’ll need to take your travel money with you in US Dollars or British pounds, ready to convert at one of the banks or CADECA change bureaus when you arrive in Cuba.

Alternatively, you can withdraw money using your debit card once you arrive in Cuba but you’ll need to check with your bank first that your card will work there – this isn’t a guarantee and so the better option is still to take cash with you just in case.

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Travelling around Cuba

 

By bus

Buses are generally considered the best way to get around Cuba, and they’re incredibly cheap too (around $0.10!). There probably won’t be a timetable at the bus stop, so you’ll need to look out for your bus with a keen eye – or you could ask your hotel for help before you set off.

By taxi

Taxis are a common way to get around the cities of Cuba. The official metered taxis are known as tourist taxis (turistaxis) and cost around $1/km – they’ll be the modern Japanese or American cars. Private taxis known as máquinas will be the classic American cars, and you’ll need to agree a price for your journey before you leave. Communal taxis known as colectivos or almendrones are like small buses that run along a set route. They’ll cost you $10 a ride.

By bicitaxi

Bicitaxis are three-wheeled bikes that have room for two passengers. They’re a quick and easy way to weave yourself around the towns and they’ll only set you back around $1/km.

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