[TRV Compass] Cuba
— Updated on Apr 23, 2018
0. General tips to travel the country
Cuba is a island in the Caribbean known for its vast beaches and tobacco fields with many tourists travelling to visit for low cost holidays. The Cuban cigar is famous because of tobacco industry on the island. Salsa music is popular on the island. When travelling in Cuba you will see old rustic architecture. You can see and feel the history of Cuba as outside the resort areas some places seem like they have been frozen in time.
I. Transportation ( Uber, Taxi etc.)
Taxi’s are popular in Cuba as a mode of transportation. The taxi industry is owned by the government. Public transportation is good in the city areas but when travelling outside the well known areas, don’t expect well organized transportation with the quality of services you may find in other locations. Uber is not available in Cuba currently. There are some local business that has started their own Apps such as yotellevocuba.com. (Translated, “I will take you”).
There are a lot of resorts and places to stay when visiting the island of Cuba. You can spoil yourself from 2 star hotels to 5 star resort hotels. There are hotels owned by government, as well as privately joint ventured with foreign companies. There is, also, an option to stay in private houses, which generally offer very fair daily rates.
The food is not what brings you to Cuba, as with some other tourist destinations but it is nothing to complain about. Cuban cuisine is a combination of Spanish, African, Native American and Caribbean cuisines. You should expect various spices and strong flavor on most dishes. The most typical Cuban food is the comida criolla.
Like most destinations, it is recommended not to venture outside of the resort areas late at night. However, in terms of safety, the island is not known for extreme crime or violence. You would feel calm and relaxed when on vacation in Cuba, like in most Caribbean destinations. It is good to stay in well known tourist areas as these are the most secure and safest places to be.
Expect hot weather on the island with cool winds from the ocean. People visit Cuba for this reason alone; lay on the beach, relax and get away from the fast paced lifestyle in your hometown. The average temperature is 26 degrees celsius year round in this sub tropical climate. Expect plenty of sunshine.
You should check the climate of the places that you visit before you travel. >>> CHECK WEATHER <<<
VI. Power Plug & Voltage
The power in Cuba is mainly 110 volts but most of the newer hotels have dual voltage with the sockets in the room being 220 volts.
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The official language of Cuba is Spanish, although Haitian Creole is also a major language spoken by the Haitian Cuban people, who are estimated about 300,000 in population. Cuba has a total population of about 11.5 million people.
There are two main currencies that are found in Cuba; Cuban Peso, and; Convertible Peso. Local food is bought with Cuban Peso’s while many of the products for tourists, and restaurants usually ask for convertible peso’s. Because two types of Pesos are used in the country, confirm which Peso you need pay before make payment to avoid over payment. Avoid USD as there can be extra tax charges.
Quick currency conversion:
USD 1 = CUC 1 (Cuban Convertible Peso)
USD 1 = CUP 25 (Cuban Peso)
IX. Visa Requirement Check
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