Cuba remains for me one of the most memorable trips I have made .. Traveling to Cuba marks any traveler. For some, they feel like a return in the past. For others, a trip to Cuba is above all the beaches and the party.
One thing is certain: the atmosphere of the streets of Havana is unique to the world ..
Cuba is also music, dance, a party atmosphere. Cuba is the sun, but also a population suffering from the economic situation.
Cuba is associated with many things and sometimes shots. You have to go see for yourself!
Reasons to Traveling to Cuba
Traveling to Cuba, if you do not just just beach and party, which would be a shame, is a unique experience. Beyond the landscapes, architecture and Cuban culture, it is also a country that lives at the rhythm of a separate political organization and social and economic realities very different from the rest of the world. Here are some reasons to go to Cuba:
- Cuban architecture . : Havana, but also Trinidad, retains a superb colonial architecture, in its “juice”, although the development of tourism has led to the restoration of some old buildings.
- A very special atmosphere, with the impression of a “stopped time” : few cars, no advertising, little road traffic, Cuban economic life is slowed down and lives in near autarky nation. If it is suffering for the population, it also gives an unusual atmosphere in the cities.
- Unique landscapes, such as the Viñales valley is rounded by mountains , classified as Unesco(United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage, tobacco plantations, islands and beaches that offer some of the most beautiful diving spots in the world.
- Cuban music ., World famous since the success of the Buena Vista social club, but which is also a daily reality, not just a distraction for tourists.
When To Go
The dry season, between December and April, corresponds to a peak of tourism, as well as in July-August. The Christmas, New Year and Easter periods are particularly popular, resulting in higher prices. If you want to discover Cuba without too many people, the months of April and October combine a pleasant climate and a calmer period to travel.
Cuba has a tropical climate with two seasons: a dry season, from November to May, with average temperatures of 25 ° C, a little higher in the southeast of the island, and a wet season from June to October- November, where the average temperature reaches 27-28 °, with violent and short rains, especially at the end of the day. It is also during this period that cyclones can be frequent, especially in October.
Traveling to Cuba does not present any major problems. Tourism is a windfall for the state, tourists remain very framed.
Traveling to Cuba requires a visa, or rather a residence card. This will not be opposed on your passport. Visa to be paid.
Cuba is not a mass destination because of the price of a trip. In addition, tourists are concentrated in Havana and Varadero, one of those artificial places for tourists.
The budget of your trip to Cuba
Cuba is an expensive destination. Prices are different if you pay in the other currency.
Examples of average prices in the backpacker mode (excluding capital) in 2017:
- Homestay 23 US Dollar
- One meal: 7 US Dollar
- One bottle of water: 2 US Dollar
- One beer: almost 2 US Dollar
What to put in your bag?
The softness of the Cuban climate does not require to be loaded in warm clothes, simply provide light clothes, preferably cotton (they will be more comfortable given the constant moisture content), and protect yourself from the sun. If you are going to stay during the wet season, plan a light raincoat to prevent the showers . To know for the amateurs of beaches: monokini, and a fortiori, naturism are prohibited in Cuba, to forget so. In the same way, a correct dress is requested in some restaurants, no question of disembarking in beach dress.
On the health side, care is free in Cuba, however, medicines are expensive , and not always easy to find even for tourists. So plan to take the most common or your usual treatment if you have one.
Cuba has the peculiarity of having a double currency: that of tourists, and that of the Cubans. A tip in convertible pesos (the travelers’ currency) will always be appreciated by the population which is only paid in Cuban pesos.
- Languages: Spanish.
- Currency: There are two in circulation on the island. The moneda nacional is the peso cubano. But many products and services are paid, often by Cubans and always by foreigners, in convertible pesos (CUC), a beaten currency in Cuba that replaced US dollars and whose unit is worth about 0.75 € .
- Capital: Havana.