We spent 2 weeks in beautiful and complicated Cuba.
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North America14 days / February 2022
Highs & Lows
Havana and staying with locals
Do not forget to bring cash!
We travelled from Merida (Mexico) to Havana and visited this beautiful capital, Vinales, Trinidad and its beaches. I stayed with very sweet Cuban hosts in a so-called 'casa particulare' during my trip in Cuba. It is a common thing to do and I really recommend it! People are really sweet, you get the best tips and tricks and more importantly, you are able to listen to the stories lying beneath the surface of this beautiful and troubled country. Thiis way you really get to know politics, history and culture.
Q & A
What would you have changed?
We didn't bring cash to Cuba which is NOT advisable. Cuba has a complicated financial system due to the blockade of the USA. When you bring cash you can ask your host or hotel to change it on the black market to Cuban pesos which makes life 4 (!) times cheaper than when you get your money from an ATM. The first night we had 2 pizzas and 2 beers which cost us almost 70 euros! Don't change your cash on the streets because you can get scammed. My advice is to bring enough cash (US dollars) to last your whole trip.
There is a shortage of almost everything in Cuba and there are long ques in front of stores. Make sure you bring enough of what you really need (medicine, sunscreen, repellent, etc).
If you are travelling without a travel organisation let your host or hotel advise you on this. Cuba doesn't quite work as you are used to.
We travelled without a booking agent.