How to get around Cuba?
How to get around Cuba?
Life cost in Cuba
How much does it cost to travel in Cuba?
Examples of costs in Cuba
Cuba is generally a cheap country for a Western tourist, but due to the US embargo on the country, you will not find certain products easily (or at all), which drives up the prices. Thus, in the ranking of the website Worlddata.info, Cuba is at the 50th place, which is a relatively high place and which explains the economic difficulties of the local populations.
First of all, you will find some cost examples in Cuba based on my experience and especially on the reliable website numbeo.com.
I’ll give you the prices in CUC, which has the following exchange rate:
Below are the prices (based on 2021) for the costs that you may encounter during your trip:
In my Cuba travel guide, you will find complete cost estimates for a trip to Cuba depending on the length of time and the type of comfort you want. For example, the cost for 1 week in Cuba, sleeping in a hotel and renting a car.
How to pay in Cuba?
The currency in Cuba is the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC) which is a “tourist currency” and the Cuban Peso (CUP) which is a currency reserved for residents. ATMs are available in major cities, but because of power outages that occur sometimes, ATMs doesn’t work all the time.
When you arrive, it is recommended to change money at official exchange offices called CADECA, rather in Havana as the airport charges more. CADECAs are also available in other major cities in Cuba. You can also exchange money at any Cuban bank.
It is preferable to carry cash with you as card payments are not always possible. Large hotels and upscale restaurants offer this method of payment without any problem. To avoid carrying too much money on you, book your accommodation in advance and prepay through the booking platforms. In fact, casas particulares and most budget hotels only accept cash.
Also note that credit cards from American banks are not accepted in Cuba. In any case, I advise you to contact your bank to know if there is any issue of withdrawals in Cuba.
Finally, regarding tips, it is customary to give 1 CUC or more for services well rendered, as in most countries.
How to connect to the internet in Cuba?
To connect to the Internet, you will need to purchase cards sold in increments of 1 CUC per hour from Cuban government telecommunications offices called ETECSA. With the login and password provided on these cards, you will be able to log in from your phone or computer, in most large parks or near the ETECSA offices.
It is also possible to buy Internet connection cards at high-end hotels, but this is more expensive.