- You need travel insurance! Immigration officers will ask you for a document verification of your insurance through the length of your stay.
- There are two currencies in Cuba: The CUC and the CUP. Both of them are complete opposite, so make sure you choose one and stick to it. (Yes, both of them are cuban currencies and No I have no idea why. #ItDoestMakeSense)
- A Cuban Visa is required to enter the country. A $20 piece of paper that can be acquired in most major airports (Except in the US). If you are traveling from the US, make sure you request this document prior to your trip.
- Cash is the answer. Forget about debit and credit cards, especially if they are from a USA bank. Havana is very expensive in comparison to other islands in the Caribbean so make sure to bring just the right amount.
- No Wi-fi. Yes, you heard right! Only high-end hotels offer Wi-Fi service for guests at an additional charge. Expect the slowest connection you’ve ever experience in your lifetime haha
- Make sure you print-out all important documents. Such as: itineraries, hotel reservations, copies of passports and visas etc.
- Roaming? Don't get your hopes up, but at least try to see if your carrier works. Nowadays, more phone companies are expanding their international service to Cuba. With T-Mobile, I could make calls and text at an additional charge (not included with my plan).
- Like the old times before technology took over our lives, you need to buy a physical map to get around the city. You can purchase this at the airport or online in advance.
- Other kind of food that is not Cuban food will most likely taste gross! Cubans master the making of their food, so go ahead and order a traditional Cuban dish. Ordering any kind of food off the Cuban menu section is a No-No.
- Cuba is very safe! Crimes are unheard in Havana, but be cautious with your belongings while touring the city. Just because there’s no violence it doesn’t mean there’s no pickpocketing!
- Get to know your taxi drivers and ask them for their contact information. Better to have someone’s contact to call for pick-up requests and transfers to other cities in Cuba. Most of them are very friendly and willing to pick you up for another ride during your stay.
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MARIELLA MOLESTINA NOBOA
The art of saying "Yes!" can take you far away. Many people pass on opportunities for many reasons, one of them being fear. Through my life I've encounter many people that forget to live the present for something that might not even happen in the future. If you are constantly waiting for the right time to finally do something, like fulfill your life dream, you are going to spend most of your life waiting.
My name is Mariella and I created this blog as a source of inspiration for others to believe they can live the life they always pictured. The secret? Believe you can and take action. The world awaits!