Cuba

Cities Visited:

Havana, Viñales

When we visited:

2018

Intro to Cuba

For many people, especially those living in the United States, Cuba has long been thought of as a forbidden land.  But, now that travel to this close Caribbean neighbor is perfectly legal for Americans, it needs to be high on your travel bucket list. 

And with how easy it is to get to, there’s no reason to wait!  

You probably already know about the Cuban cigars and the rum (and likely something about Fidel Castro and the trade embargo, too), but there is so much else to the Caribbean’s largest island and second-most populated country that needs to be explored and experienced!

Cuba is absolutely full of history, and traveling through the different regions, you might actually think the country is still stuck in that history with the sights of classic American cars and dilapidated buildings. 

But whether you’re roaming the streets of colorful Old Havana, on the famous beaches of Varadero, or out in the countryside in Viñales, you are sure to enjoy this timeworn yet cultural adventure! 

Fast Facts

Language – Spanish

Currency – Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC) for tourists or Cuban pesos (CUP) for locals

Capital – Havana

Visa requirements – US Citizens are required to have a Cuban Tourist Card

Adapter InfoPlug A & B

Fun Trivia – Cuba is made up of 4,000 islands and cays that surround the main island!  Also, from the air, the island of Cuba resembles a crocodile or alligator, so Cuba is often referred to in Spanish as “El Cocodrilo” or “El Caimá”

Best Time to Visit Cuba

The best time to visit Cuba is between November and April. May through August can be very wet, humid and have high temperatures. August through November, you need to be careful since it’s hurricane season. 

When you are planning a trip to Cuba, we personally reference the best times to visit Southern Florida.

Similar to South Florida, Cuba has a relatively mild climate with warm, sunny days. 

Can Americans travel to Cuba?

Yes. You will need to obtain a visa and have a full-time schedule of activities that support the local people. If you follow the steps in this guide, you will see how easy it is for Americans to visit Cuba. 

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Everything you need to know about planning a trip to Cuba

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From how to get a visa, where to stay, budgeting, transportation and more, everything you need is in this guide.

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