5 Important Tips for Traveling to Cuba

Posted by Lauren Yagoda

Aug 30, 2016 3:09:08 PM

 

1) It’s best to change your dollars and pay with the CUC (Cuban Convertibles), the local currency

 

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Cuban places accept USD but you will probably lose on the exchange rate.

 

2) Bringing cash is a MUST

 

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American credit cards aren’t accepted in Cuba, so make sure to kick the habit of swiping for your purchases.

 

3) Your guides and drivers definitely depend on tips

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The salaries are extremely low so make sure you always tip them.

 

4) Drinking bottled water in Cuba is important

 

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It's best to drink bottled water and eat salads only in private restaurants.

 

5) You will be pleasantly surprised by the culinary delights you will find in Cuba!

 

2016-08-15 19.10.36 Red snapper topped with jumbo shrimp at Cafe Laurent

Cuba’s staple foods are chicken, rice, black beans and fried bananas, but there’s a very sophisticated culinary scene in Cuba.

 

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