Frequently Asked Questions from Travelers to Cuba

Below you will find frequently asked questions from travelers to Cuba we often get in our mailbox.

  • Isn’t Cuba a dangerous country?
    • Actually, Cuba has the lowest crime rate in the Western Hemisphere! You will be surprised by the visible police presence in Cuba. They are there specifically to protect and help tourists. Although, be aware of your belongings in cities like Havana and Santiago de Cuba just like in every capital city.
  • Do they have Internet & E-mail access in Cuba?
    • Yes, almost all hotels have at least 1 or 2 computers to go on the internet for foreigners. Wifi is possible from most hotels and wifi hotspots.
  • What is the best time to go to Cuba, and what is the cheapest period?
    • March, April October and November are the months with the nicest weather and less rain. Peak season is December / January/ February. Hurricane season is from June 1 till November 30.
  • Do I need a Visa and a passport?
    • Yes and yes. Cuba will give you a tourist card, however, you must acquire it before you arrive. You can accomplish this by contacting the nearest Cuban Embassy or Consulate in your country.
    • Ensure that your passport has at least 6 months left till it expires, calculated from your departure date.
  • I don’t speak Spanish!!!
    • Some Spanish is a definite plus. However, many Cubans speak English and many of the people we will be in contact with speak English very well also. Cubans are very patient, don’t worry, they will wait for you to find the right word.
  • What about electricity?
    • Cuba has 110 volt, some more luxury hotels also 220. Most commun plug/socket is flat.
  • Can I use my credit card?
    • Sure … as long as it’s not drawn on an American bank. Unfortunately, it’s part of the US embargo restrictions on Cuba. No US travelers cheques either. Americans have to carry cash.
  • What if I get sick?
    • Cuban doctors are known throughout Latin America as the best trained doctors in the region. However, they do lack many of the bare necessities that we expect. “Tourist Pharmacies” DO stock many prescription drugs. Nevertheless, I suggest bringing with you antibiotics, aspirin, band-aids, etc. just in case.
  • Can I travel on my own or do I have to make a tour reservation?
    • You can travel through Cuba on your own, however, sometimes it can be a bit of an adventure. Guided tours remove all the hazel of planning and coordinating a trip to a country with its “own rules”. But definitely you can design your trip and make all the reservations and coordination needed by yourself.
  • I’m a woman traveling alone. Is Cuba a safe place to travel for me?
    • Yes! No problem… but don’t fall in love 🙂
    • And don’t go down dark streets at night, the same streets you wouldn’t go in in your own hometown, and just be careful while hitch hiking. Hitch hiking should be considered as a last resort.
  • Can you rent a bike or scooter in Cuba?
    • Yes, lots of hotels in resort areas have bikes for you to rent or otherwise outside of the hotel in the resort area.
  • Can you play golf in Cuba?
    • Yes, in Varadero and Havana, both 9 holes golf courses. But do not compare Cuba with real golf destinations like the Dominican Republic or Jamaica.
  • What’s the best way to travel around Cuba?
    • Rent a car, take the Viazul Bus, and by private transfers.
  • What and where are the best nightlife places to go in Cuba?
    • Many, but the best to enjoy life music all around Cuba are the Casa de la Trova’s, located in almost every city around Cuba.