Cuba Information – All you need to know to travel to Cuba

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Cuba Travel Information

 

All you need to know to travel to Cuba

  • Population (2008): 11,200,000
  • Capital: Havana
  • Main Cities: Santiago de Cuba, Santa Clara, Trinidad, Camagüey, Holguín, Cienfuegos, Matanza.
  • Visa: Tourist Card valid for one trip of up to 30 days. It must be obtained before departure from your country through some tour operator or Cuban Consulate.
  • Health: Vaccinations against hepatitis A, polio and typhoid are recommended.
  • Currency: All payments for tourist goods are made in convertible pesos (CUC). In order to exchange other kind of currencies, people can go to airports, hotels, banks and money exchange centers (CADECA).
  • Exchange rate: We recommend you to visit Cuba’s National Bank website for updated exchange rates.
  • Tipping: Moderate tips are expected in most places.
  • Time: GTM -5
  • Electricity: 110 Volts. Los tomacorrientes más usados son para espigas planas.
  • Driving: On the right.
  • Language: English is widely spoken.
  • Religion: Catholic and Afro-Cuban religions prevail. Though other exist in the country.
  • Country Dial Code: +53
  • Getting There: Major gateways are: José Martí in Havana (HAV), Varadero (VAR), Holguín (HOG), Cayo Coco (CCC). Main ports are: Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba.
  • Tax: From May 1st 2015 airport tax is included in the flight ticket.
  • Climate: Cuba’s climate is subtropical… hot all year with most rain falling between May and October. The dry season is November to April. Hurricanes can occur in September to October.

Top Attractions in Cuba

  • Havana, with its Spanish colonial architecture.
  • Pinar del Rio, featuring fine mountain landscapes containing two of the six areas in Cuba that have been named World Biosphere Preserves.
  • Viñales Valley which UNESCO has declared a World Heritage Site.
  • Soroa with its orchid garden and lovely waterfall..
  • Bellamar Caves, a 60 miles from Havana.
  • Varadero seaside resort.
  • Cayo Coco/Cayo Guillermo/Cayo Santa Maria with long coral reef and white sandy beaches.
  • Santa Clara, housing the mausoleum of Che Guevara.
  • Santa Lucia Beach, with a variety of marine life, on the northern coast of Camaguey Province.
  • Guardalavaca’s fine beaches in Holguin Province.
  • Colonial Trinidad, declared a Wolrd Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its fine architecture and conservation history.
  • Santiago de Cuba, full with historical and cultural attractions.

Top Activities in Cuba

  • Sightseeing
  • Diving, snorkeling, sailing
  • Trekking
  • Bird watching
  • More than 300 natural beaches
  • Salsa dancing
  • Beautiful and preserved nature