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Welcome to Cuba

Cuba

Capital: Havana

Population: 11,239,004

Calling Code: +53

Official language: Spanish

Currency: Peso

Driving Side: Right

 

Largest and most populated island in the Carribean, Cuba is also a huge tourist destination in the Americas. The historic country is known for its pristine beaches, vibrant cities, salsa rhythms and verdant hills.

Although Cuba is not too open to the world, the country is gradually welcoming visitors and it has enticing resorts that offer a glimpse into the life of Cubans. Located where the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Atlantic Ocean meet, Cuba's greatest attraction is its beaches. Christopher Columbus described the sandy coast of Guardalavaca as “the most beautiful land I have ever seen.”

The cities of Cuba offer amazing experiences, from the bueatifully renovated colonial buildings of Havana, to the beautiful blend of Afro-Caribbean cultures of Santiago de Cuba and the excuisite beaches of Trinidad.

Dont miss the swinging salsa rhythms of Cuba, as well as the famous cigars and rum.

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

Playa Ancón

Located near Trinidad, its a picture-perfect beach with  and also a UNESCO bio-sphere. Perfect place for lazing in the sun, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and other water sports.

Torre de Manaca Iznaga

Go up to the outstanding views of the valleys of the Sugar Mills. This attraction was once a slave watchtower and at the foot of structure, you will still find the large bell that sounded if a slave tried to escape. You are sure to find lots of history here.

Castillo de la Real Fuerza

Explore Cuba's oldest fort and one of the oldest in the Americas. Built between 1558 - 1577. You can wander around the structure and checkout its shipwreck museum.

Business

Sugar, nickel, tobacco, fish, citrus, coffee are Cuba's main exports. With a GDP of US$ 82.775 billion, Cuba is a emerging market and suitors are being courted with many successful

tradefairs over the last few years.

Tourism is an important source of funds for the socialist country.

Climate

The country is hot throughout the year. May and October witness the most rains while the cooler months are January to April when the least rain falls.

Communications

Mobile phone services are available in Cuba. Roaming services are also available if you decide to use your personal mobile network here.

Internet service is also available in all hotels. Although some websites are blocked by the Cuban government.

Customs

A handshake is a general way of greeting in Cuba. A kiss to the cheek is also an acceptable way of greeting.

Show some respect when visiting people's homes, you can bring a small gift along- it will be greatly appreciated.

Cubans generally address each other as compañero, but visitors should use señor or señora.

Duty Free

The following items may be imported into Cuba by travellers aged 18 years and over without incurring customs duty:

  • 400 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 500g of tobacco.
  • 2.5L alcoholic beverages.
  • Gifts up to a value of US $50.99.
  • Medicines required for personal use.

 

Electricity

110/220 volts AC, 60Hz. North American-style plugs with two flat pins are generally used; you may need an adaptor if your plug has three pins.

Some large hotels also have 220-volt outlets accepting European plugs with two round pins.

Language

The official language is Spanish

Money

The official currency is the Cuban Peso.

Mastercard and Visa cards are acceptable. ATMs are also common around major cities.

Passport Visa

A passport valid for six months after departure from Cuba is required by all nationals.

The tourist card is valid for one entry of 30 days within 180 days of issue and can be extended in Cuba for a further 30 days.

Safety

Keep your valuables in a safe place. Do not wear expensive or jewellery that is not needed around.

Do not board an unmarked taxi.

 

Time

UTC-5

Tipping

Tipping is generally acceptable and tip if you feel its good.

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