Avid travelers always add Cuba to their bucket list for a reason. This is why it didn’t come as a surprise that the country has been experiencing an exponential boom in its tourism industry.
But before you unravel the treasures of this Caribbean gem, ensure a smooth trip by taking note of the following dos and don’ts.
- Do have enough cash with you.
This one is very important during your Cuba trip. Since some debit and credit cards don’t work in the country, you will be out of luck if you ever run out of cash. Be sure to have enough money with you to cover expected and unexpected expenses.
- Do visit La Fabrica Del Arte Cubano.
La Fabrica Del Arte Cubano or popularly called the FAC is a unique place you shouldn’t miss visiting. This is an old factory converted into a museum for the artists of the country that becomes a club or bar at night, making it a must-visit spot in Havana.
- Do interact with the locals.
If you ever find yourself wandering the streets of Cuba, interacting with the locals is something you need to do. Be ready to be fascinated with learning about the history of Cuba, their way of life, and so much more.
- Do stay at Airbnb or Casa Particular.
While there are lots of luxury hotels around the country, Casas particulares and Airbnb are equally nice and an experience you wouldn’t want to miss. Your host can help you organize activities and even give you suggestions straight from a local’s perspective.
- Do travel beyond Havana.
The city of Havana may be vibrant and beautiful that you would want to spend your entire stay here. But try to allot some days if you got time to visit other smaller cities such as Trinidad, Varadero, Santiago de Cuba, and Viñales.
- Don’t Drink the Water
It may sound straightforward but you might as well avoid drinking the water in the country. Bring a water bottle with you with a filter or buy bottled water to keep your stomach safe.
- Don’t look for an internet connection.
Unlike other countries, there is no WiFi available in Cuba. The government runs the internet here and is available only at select selections. You won’t be able to use the internet on your smartphone here to post on social media, look for things, or stay in touch with your family and friends back home.
- Don’t forget to tip.
Wherever you go in Cuba, it is common to tip around 10% to 15% at restaurants. Tipping after a tour is also frequent here.
- Don’t assume you need to fly to Canada or Mexico first.
One of the biggest myths when it comes to traveling to Cuba is that you need to fly to Canada or Mexico first to get there. But you don’t need to do it because there are now lots of airlines with direct flights to Cuba.
- Don’t wait a minute to visit!
Finally, don’t waste any minute and visit Cuba right away. This is a unique country that is worth discovering and exploring with all its one-of-a-kind treasures you would surely love!