Do I need passport to travel to Cuba?
Yes, no matter your nationality, you will
need a passport that must be valid by at least 6 months from the date of your
entrance in Cuba.
What documentation is needed to enter in the country and how long can I
stay in Cuba?
How do I extend my permission of stay?
At your arrival to the country you must
have your passport no less than 6 months of issuance and your visa or
permission of entrance. The visa can be valid by a term of 30 days, however you
can extend your stay by going to the Immigration office before the end of the
visa in order to ask for the extension or prorogation of your visa.
I need visa to travel to Cuba?
You will need a denominated "card of
tourist" similar to a visa. If you travel through Canada, Mexico
or the Bahamas,
the travel agencies in those countries can provide you that card or in the same
If you travel on business, or
journalism, and not like a tourist, you
should ask for a special visa at Cuban consulate.
For United States residents or citizens
entrance to the country is not stamped on their passports.
4. The tourist card or
visa is required to address where I'm going to stay?
No, no es obligatorio. , pero a la entrada en Cuba, en el control de
inmigracion, pueden preguntarle donde se va a alojar.No, not mandatory. In the form of visa may put "Casa Particular
Legal," but at the entry into Cuba, in the immigration control,
they can ask where will be hosted. Debe dar la direccion y el nombre del alojamiento
donde ha reservado. In that
moment you must give the address and name of the accommodation where you are
booked. So you should have this information with you, which we send to you
prior to your visit.
5. Is a hotel reservation needed to
Not necessarily, when entering the country
the Cuban authorities frequently ask in which hotel you will stay. If you do
not have a voucher, electronic mail or some type of document printed with the
name and direction of the hotel (or the private house), they will insist to
reserve an stay of 3 nights in a hotel that they will offer (often with high
prices). The best option is to have your booking printed before your arrival
and not to accede to this request to reserve in a hotel.
Is it necessary to pay some tax to leave Cuba?
Yes, it is necessary to pay an airport tax
of 25 CUC.
7. Which are the main Customs
Regulations that I must know before my trip to Cuba?
Before traveling to Cuba is important to know some
Customs regulations, such as: it is forbidden the entrance of explosive,
firearms, pornographic magazines, electrical irons; you can bring, exempt of
taxes, two bottles of liquor, one cigarettes box, and personal use effects. as
well as own jewels, photo or video camera, typewriter, sport effects, fishing
gears, etc. You may import, free of customs rights payment, up to 10 Kg. of medications,
whenever they are in their original containers. For further information:
8. Can I take for myself Rum and Tobacco legally?
can extract of the country up to 50 tobacco cigars without receipt and a higher
number of them if presenting the purchase receipt from stores authorized by the
Cuban government. There are not limitations for the rum.
9. Can I buy to export art works?
can be purchased. To take them out of
the country travelers must show the corresponding permission, issued by
"Fondo Cubano de Bienes Culturales” state organization, which is not
difficult to get by the interested person. Travelers receive information at art
galleries and specialized shops when purchasing these items.
you wish it, we can send you more detailed information about these topics.
10. Which sanitary regulations are
Visitors from countries with endemic yellow
fever and cholera are required to present the International Certificate of
Vaccination. The import of natural products of animal or plant origin is
prohibited unless the corresponding sanitary document is provided.
11. Why rent a private lodging in Cuba?
of the main attractions of Cuba
is, undoubtedly, the actual contact with the Cuban people. If you spend your
holidays in a hotel you will never be in touch with a real Cuban family. That’s
why the best way to know the customs and traditions of our magic island is to
lodge among us.
The renting of rooms to tourists for
lodging and foreign visitors in private houses, was authorized and regulated in
starting 1997. Licensed homeowners are authorized to rent no more than two
rooms at a time, their renting quarters are subjected to monthly inspections,
and their incomes are annually taxed.
It could be said that
most of the people who travel to Cuba are looking to be in direct
contact with Cuban nature, Cuban beaches, Cuban culture, Cuban music and
mainly: with Cuban people. Staying in a private house is one of the best way to
be in direct contact with the Cuban
culture, to receive their hospitality, to know how they live, how they are, how
they face the problems of the daily life. Another evident reason is that you
can save money if you rent in a private house. Most of the private lodgings are
more economic than the hotels. You will also have the opportunity of enjoying,
if you want it, an excellent Cuban meal at lower prices. The Cuban cuisine
offer very attractive dishes that you can try at home. The services in the
particular houses are more personalized and improved than in many hotels. In
addition, when being in a particular lodging, you are not forced to take the
routine life that impose the hotels in any place of the world, and thus you
feel like in your house. The third reason is that in a private house you are
allowed you to invite Cuban guests or friends and they are even possible to sleep.
Be aware that the guest that you invite cannot be a minor and their name as
well as their identification number will be written down in a control book that
proprietor of the lodging (is a demand of the laws) must keep. In hotels it’s
not allowed to receive visits of Cubans in the rooms.
In addition, this type of
familiar business is always more efficient and customized. As you pay the
amount of the rent directly to the proprietor of the house, you will be helping
the economy of a Cuban family by this way.
the other hand, for any hotel reservation the payment is requested in advance,
while the owners of private houses accept the payment at your arrival. The
hours of arrival & departure of the lodging are flexible and can be agreed
with the owner.
The reservation is guaranteed in a Particular
House. But in the event of any problem, the lodging in a similar particular
house will be guaranteed without additional cost. We could add that this
lodging offers you an effective form of learning Spanish. Yes, the direct contact with the Cuban family
will allow you to improve or to learn the Spanish language and for those that
already know it, to know the peculiar tips and sentences of the Cubans.
Private lodgings are available all around Cuba.
The only exceptions are Varadero
Beach and the Keys, where
you need to book yourself in a hotel room for housing there.
Hostel-lodging prices vary depending on the
city and the neighborhood, or whether the hostel or house is located near the
seafront or in the beach, or if there’s a pool and the rooms have an
independent entrance. In Havana
the minimum lodging price is usually $25 CUC per night per room, but you can
find hostels or houses whose lodging prices are over $150 CUC per night.
Luxurious lodgings offer the best facilities, by means of services,
architecture, pools, furnishings, views, etc.
Facilities that you commonly find in a
Particular House in Cuba:
- Private bedrooms &
up to two adults and one child per bedroom.
and/or fan in the bedrooms.
& cold water in bathrooms.
linen, soap, and toilet paper included.
cleaning services & towels and linen changed regularly.
use of house common areas.
check-in & 24-hour reception.
to phone, refrigerator & some facilities as radio, TV, CD/DVD-player
- Luggage storage.
- Additional information &
meals & laundry services offered at an additional cost.
house with no garage, parking available for a small fee.
12. Will I have to share common areas of the house or apartment with
the propietor or other tourists?
you want to have total privacy we
can offer you rooms and
with total independence. However should be clear up that these rooms or apartments
are inside or they belong to the property where propietor lives. In this case,
you will have independent entrance to your room and you will rarely have to
share some common area with lesser or other tourists. It is not allowed to
lease a property in their entirety, because is established this way by the
State Regulations for the leased activity.
13. If we are travelling
in a large group, can we stay all together in the same place ?
It depends. We can make large bookings for you, but
if you are a large group is impossible that everybody stays in the same house,
is illegal. The regulating body of this activity in Cuba only allows to rent two rooms
in a same house or apartment. We can provide you reservations in a range of 100 meters but in
several apartments of a building or in several houses of a same block. We would
send you photos and descriptions of all the rooms we have available for your
14. Could you offer us suitable conditions
if we are traveling with small children ?
Yes, some of the houses
or apartments with connection to this site are specially prepared to offer you
the best conditions for you and your baby or small kids.
15. Can anyone
pick me up at the airport?
If you asked for it the
owner of the reserved house or apartment may wait for you at the airport with a
poster with your name. However, you will have to pay the transportation to the
lodging. The price of a taxi from the airport to the city fluctuate between CUC
10.00 to 20.00 depending the area in which is located the reserved
16. How to pay for my accommodation in an
apartment or room in private homes?
excepciones, With few exceptions, you pay
to the owners in cash, in
once you are in the house.
have to pay anything for our services nor any quantity in advance when booking.
This is a service based on mutual trust.
encarecidamente a fin de no dejar esperando a la familia y
que pueda alojar a otro huesped, recuerde que las casas pagan un alto impuesto
por su licencia esten libres u ocupadas.We
strongly suggest you that if for any reason you won’t use your
reservation, please let us know in advance so as not to keep
that family unnecessarily expecting you, so that we can accommodate another
guest. Please, remember that houses have to pay a high tax for the license is
room free or occupied.
17. Are expensive rents in private houses? What are the best ones?
Authorized rent houses to
foreigners have to pay a high tax in CUC for a renting license. This tax is
assessed per room rented, house amenities and its location and
also for existing common areas, lounge, terrace, gastronomy, etc. Tax also includes price in depending of the region and the
neighborhood where the house is.
Prices are fixed PER DOUBLE
ROOM (not per person). In one room can be accommodated two adults
plus minor children. Price is the same for one person than for two persons plus
reflects the quality of lodging (since no stars are awarded as hotels
are, but tax is set according to its characteristics). There are discounts only
in cases of long stays and paying all contracted days at the arrival.
So homeowners can not lower the
price from that minimum, because they would lose money and in that case
would be better to leave the license. That’s why even if a long stay, there is a limit that can not be
18. How can I know if a house
or apartment is authorized to rent?
Legal rental apartments and houses have a legal distinct
like a large I at the entry and their owners fill an official record book
(as in hotels), where should be written your data and you will sign. Homeowner must carry that book to show
to Immigration authorities as soon as filling it.
Be very careful about staying in
unlicensed houses. It is considered a grave breach of the law (even staying in
the house of the bride /groom) and you may have trouble with authorities.
19. Why through CubaVacation People?
Who we are?
At the end of the year 2009 our group of
proprietors of casas particulares in Cuba decided to create our own Web Site,
in Spanish and in English languages, where we could disclose the services that
we offer in our houses showing who we are and giving to know our telephone
numbers and addresses and our mailboxes where you can write to us establishing
a direct communication.
us there are people of all type, architects, doctors, artists, investigators,
teachers, lawyers, regular home-makers, single moms or retired couples, etc. who comply with the basic norms demanded by the government organization
created to supervise this service.
In the Site you will be able to find
different types of houses, apartments, rooms, in Havana city and in other places of the island
which have a great variety among one and other, for all the likes, necessities
and conditions. In all cases 1 or 2 rooms are offered with air conditioning;
the great majority with private bathroom, many with refrigerator, TV and other
comforts; some have a comfortable terrace, living room, dining room, balcony,
etc., in occasions a patio with a Spanish colonial environment; other more
modern ones, where you will always find a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
much requested product is the independent apartments and houses for the exclusive use of the guests. We have such apartments and houses
in the main areas of Havana
city and in other places.
those who travel with a limited budget we have economic and comfortable rooms
at family homes.
the travelers that like of the luxury and the exclusivity we also have options.
There are in the Web several other sites of
Cuban houses that offer a diverse information, to them we owe gratitude for the
valuable data that have allowed us to obtain.
advantages of our site www.cubavacationpeople.com are:
v Most of our associates
has around or more than 10 years of experience
rendering lodging services. They are located in different neighborhood of Havana city or in
different other places along the country, forming groups of around 5 near
houses one to others. All are legalized.
v You will be able to arrange the lease of their houses directly with the
proprietor of the casa particular, by mail or telephone, without any doubt,
since they are announced here without any middleman neither by any third
v The Site makes the
advertisement in Spanish that is our mother language and in English. Both are two of the more spoken languages in the world.
v As we all live in Cuba,
including the ones who daily operate the Site, we have the great advantage of
having first hand in all moment information
to upgrade what our Site discloses related with the tourist activity in Cuba
and in particular with the listing of houses and announcements that can be
upgraded completely in all moment, since owners of the houses and of the Site are all of them
here in Cuba and forming as a whole.
v That in case of an
unpredictable or a force majeur situation with your reservation, you can always
be firmly sure that it will have the immediate attendance of our society of proprietors of casas particulares and that we will be
able to give immediate attention to the solution of the arosen difficulty.
v That if several travelers
want to come in a group, we can achieve with easiness that all of them will get
housed in some near casas particulares.
We are a group which main objective is to
inform and to arrange with a high quality the services for the traveler who
wants to know our country and decides to travel to our island. The mission of
the web site will be to promote the rent of lodgings of our casas particulares
giving serious and honest information. To achieve these objectives we will
select minutely our new ones associated of among legal proprietors that fulfill
the conditions more demanded to offer a very best service to very competitive
prices. The prices of these lodgings are below those that are offered by the
hotel chains operating in Cuba.
The Site will facilitate the communication
between the travelers and the owners of the houses, given the difficulties that
many of us still have for a higher use of Internet connections.
The online reservation by means of Cuba
Vacation People is 100% free and will be done basically in a direct way with
the proprietors of the houses. In some cases they will make use of friends or
other neighboring proprietors so that they could get the mail connections. You
will pay for their lodging when arriving in Cuba, and you confirm that you feel
comfortable and pleased in the chosen casa particular.
The Site will facilitate the clients having
the necessary information so that they could make appropriated decisions. We
would like to ask our clients to understand that if for some reason client
arrives in Cuba
after the day agreed in the reservation, it can cause that the chosen house may
be busy and lodging would be proposed to the traveler in the same area. That's
why we ask for the confirmation of the trip at least 72 hours before the
flight. On the other hand, as there is not previous payment for our
reservations, the proprietor runs with the risk in the event of not taking
place the client's presence in the agreed date. This affects the owner of the
house in a multiple way because if owner stops renting his house he also loses
the fixed monthly tax that he is obliged to pay to the State (renting or not
All the personal information that you
facilitate to us will only be used to contact you about your reservation in Cuba; we will
never send you an e-mail that you haven’t requested from us (spam). Your e-mail
address as well as any other information sent to us will be kept strictly
Associated to Cuba Vacation People
proprietors won't process applications, if it is found that the applicant sent
All our offers are supported by their
respective licenses for renting, foreseen by the Cuban laws for such cases. The
particular houses (casas particulares) that are advertised in our site are
legally authorized by the Cuban Government and all of them pay the
corresponding tax to the State.
the back of a team of highly qualified and experienced professionals that
is the one that executes the whole evaluation work and selection of the
affiliating houses and the services that they offer. That team has enough preparation and
experience to lend you an useful advice in different matters: Cuban
Culture, Music and dance; Fine arts;
Cuban Aute cuisine; Cuban food restaurant design; Special tour plans on Cuba;
etc. So that your visit to Cuba
would be highly profitable.
Most of the international flights arrive
late in the evening and with the peak of the tourism in Cuba is
something difficult to find good offers at those hours. Our process of the
reservation is extremely simple. You can trust us, all the houses that we put
at your disposal are safe, comfortable and they have the due license of the
Cuban authorities to offer this type of service.
Why should I not lodge in an illegal Private Accommodation?
an illegal Private Accommodation your presence won’t be notified to the Cuban
migratory authorities. So, you and the owner of the house can have serious
problems with authorities if your presence in not legal house is detected.
What can I do if don't I find the lodging with the characteristics that I look
you cannot find in our directory the lodging with the conditions that you need
then using the choice of Contac Webmaster that appears in Web Site, send us the requirements that you wish to
have in your lodging. Then you can be sure that we will find it.
How to make the reservation in CubaVacation People?
is very simple. In each page of Particular Houses on this Site you will find
the following announcement "@ E-mail"...
then just make "Click" on it and send an email with your application.
A part of our houses have e-mail facilities and they will answer you in no more
than 24 hours. But, please, be patient if some of our casa owners cannot watch
his e-mail in the day. For some of them could be difficult when giving you a
fast reply. If any difficult arises our Webmaster will help you and casa owner.
Just let him now about difficult communication.
23. How to obtain the
confirmation of my reservation in CubaVacation People?
a general rule, you should receive our electronic mail confirming the
reservation to you in a term no longer than 24 hours. We will give you the data
of the rented room and any other necessary information.
24. Must I pay extra by
to have made the reservation here with CubaVacation People?
No, you will pay only the price showed with
the characteristics of the room that you want to reserve.
25. How is the payment of
the reservation? To whom I must pay? Is needed a payment in advance before the
You will pay in cash directly to the owner of the room
once you arrive to the lodging that you reserved. There are not advanced
payments before your arrival.
. *26. What is
the best time to go to Cuba?
Cuba es una eterna fiesta de verano. Cuba
is an eternal summer party. Cualquier época es
buena. Any time is good. Todo el año hace
calor y puedes ir a la playa. All year it's hot and you can go to the
beach. Tiene un clima tropical, con pocas
diferencias de temperatura, aunque el mes de Agosto es el más caluroso y Enero
el más fresco. The climate is tropical, with little difference in
temperature, although the month of
August is the warmest one and January the
* 27. What happens when there are cyclones and hurricanes?
Is well known that system which has been organized by Cuban government on
keeping safe the people from the damages of hurricanes and the effectiveness
reached on the protection of human life and their property is considered a
success of Cuban Revolution. So, when appears a hurricane threat immediately
take place different protection measures already well studied and included in
the special defense plan.Se lleva a todo el mundo
a lugares seguros. It takes everyone to safety. El gobierno cubano cuida de cada turista como un padre
de su hijo. Cuban authorities take care as well of every visitor in the
28. To avoid hot, what province of Cuba
is the best?
La zona de mejor clima, más seco y templado de la
isla es La Habana, dado que tiene la influencia del Mar Caribe y recibe las
corrientes del Atlántico. Havana city
belongs to the Cuba’s
western region which is at the same time the northern one and at the same time Havana faces Atlantic Ocean receiving its breezes. That’s why it is in
the island the area of better and fresh weather.La
zona oriental Santiago de Cuba, es mucho mas cálida y su temperatura en verano,
junto a su alto índice de humedad puede ser excesiva. Eastern Santiago
de Cuba is much warmer as well as Granma and Guantanamo territories.
How can I cut costs during the trip?
Procura alojarte en una zona cercana a donde vayas
a hacer tu vida porque en taxis y en transporte puedes gastar mucho dinero
aunque el transporte en Cuba no resulta caro.Try to stay in an area
close to where you hope to make your life. This way you can save money you
would spend in transportation. At the
same time you may agree with private house owner better prices for your meals. Note
that you should take care with Confía en nuestros
consejos a la hora de hospedarte, no escuches propuestas en la calle que te
pueden causar problemas de legalidad por ahorrarte un poco de dinero. Además,
la persona que te lo ofrece siempre se lleva alguna comisión.proposals
on the street for saving some money that could cause problems of legality.
30. Can I use credit cards in Cuba ?
Most hotels, restaurants, bars, shops, etc., take Cabal, Visa,
Transcard, or Mastercard and Amigo
TRAVEL Card, credit cards, as long as they are not issued by American banks or
subsidiary of any of them. You can extract cash of cards in several banks and
big hotels in all the Island, but is advisable
to bring money in cash since the extraction can take time and in many places
you only can pay in cash. Also you can use traveler's checks for the payment of
31. What type of
currencies or payment forms can be used in Cuba for expenses?
official convertible currency is the Cuban Convertible peso (CUC).CUC is
accepted in all hotels and tourist services. For your payments in Cuba
you need to change any international currency to CUC. It is recommended, for
tourists, not to bring U.S. dollars as there is a 18% surcharge when
exchanging. In the international nautical institutions, cruise terminals, and
duty free stores at airports, the U.S. dollar can be used as the 18% surcharge
is added to the price. Direct payment in Euro can be made in Varadero, Cayo
Largo, Jardines del Rey, and some other all inclusive resorts. Is possible to exchange
any currency, even U.S. dollars, in convertible pesos (CUC) at airports, banks
and hotels, and re exchange them when leaving the country. All over the
country, there are exchange booths in Cuba:
“Casas de Cambio” (CADECA S.A.)
for the exchange of hard currency in convertible pesos CUC).
The banking network is represented by different entities, it comprises the
national territory and it is equipped with modern technology and
interconnection. The prices in tourist facilities are fixed in CUC. Credit cards
such as, Cabal, Transcard, Visa, Master Card and Amigo TRAVEL Card are allowed,
if they were not issued by U.S.
banks or their subsidiaries.
32. What is the best
choice to transport in Cuba?
Is not recommendable to
use the urban buses, they generally go full and their frequency is unstable; we
suggest you moving in tourist taxis, tourist buses or walking if short
distances. If you want to travel through the island, it is better to rent a
car. There are some renting car companies with good cars and service, with
offices on every main airport, hotels and tourists resorts along the country.
There are more economical options traveling on bus to any point all over the
country. Via Azul buses give a good
service. You can find information about it in our Site.
33. Can I rent a
car before arriving in Cuba?
There are several rent
car companies where you can lease On Line a car before arriving to Cuba.
We recommend you to see in our Web site the wide information we show in our
place for Renting a Car.
34. What documents should I present
for renting a car in Cuba?
must show your passport and driver's license in order to rent a car. The driver
should be no younger than 21 years old. License could be international or from
your country but at least 1 year old.
35. What cautions should I have when I rent a car in Cuba?
It is not advisable to drive at night. You must also
watch out for animals on the road and cyclists in urban areas when you are
driving. Park the car in a safe well-lit place and do not leave anything
valuable in it. You are liable for traffic fines; failure to pay would mean
incurring a debt with the State. We recommend you buy a "Road Guide of
Cuba" which is very helpful for finding your way around on the roads.
36. About taxis and travel in Cuba
there are various types of taxis:
a. – State taxis for Cubans, in Cuban
pesos with taximeter, (Yellow and black painted).
Cuban community taxis, on fixed
routes. These are vehicles of the 40s and 50s priced 10 Cuban pesos each way,
Cubans use to call these old cars "Machines" and “Almendrones”.
c. – Taxis in CUC with taximeter for
Cubans and foreigners from “Cubataxi” and other different companies, metered
and charged in CUC. These are the ones that the tourist should
use. The drop rate is 1 CUC and includes the first
kilometer. Afterwards the fare varies according to category of the car
between 0.6 to 0.8 CUC per kilometer, (It can be from a Lada car to a
There is a taxi
telephone requesting service which taxi comes to the door not surcharging.
For tourists, there are also some little vehicles
called "cocotaxi" metered and charged in CUC. Son como un huevecito de color amarillo. They're like
a little yellow egg.
foreigner can travel by bus (called “guagua”) payd in Cuban
pesos (just 1 euro cent). Payment is
in Cuban pesos.
In old Havana
and in some
other cities you can go for a drive on a horse carriage, something typical.
There is iHavana a tourist bus with seats in the open
air that runs through the city visiting main attractions. For 5 CUC you can go for a whole day drive
getting off and getting on again all the times you want. It is a good
economical option. n
37. From Havana, how can I make trips outside Havana? Where?
best for making short trips is to rent a car without a driver for three days
(the minimum time that is allowed). You can do so with all warranties and trust
with rental agencies in Cuba.
See Rent a car in our Web site.
In those three days you will be able to go
with the car to Pinar del Rio province, near to Havana,
and visit amazing Viñales
Valley, declared by
UNESCO "Cultural Landscape of Humanity". On the road you can visit
Soroa, where you can enjoy the most important orchideary place in Cuba
and a beautiful jump of water, where you will be able to take a delicious
bathroom. You will also be able to know the beautiful "Las Terrazas"
site, near to Soroa, and a pleasant spa in the river San Juan. Pinar del Rio is very well known region because on it
you can visit the most important tobacco plantation where grows the best
tobacco leaves all over the world. Roads are good.
You may visit Matanzas, a beautiful city not far from Havana
and make use of it for visiting the very beautiful Varadero Beach,
one of the most beautiful on the world. In Varadero you can make water sports
Guamá, in the
south of Matanzas,
has a great lagoon and a crocodile’s hatchery. There you can visit a replica of
a formerly Cuban indigenous village. You can also take a trip in boat through
the natural reservation and to navigate in waters where are observed wild
Something more to
the East you will be able to visit Trinidad, a
colonial city which for its historical values has been declared by UNESCO
“Patrimony of Humanity”. There are also good beaches and unbeatable diving
places. Not far from Trinidad, beside the sea, is the beautiful Cienfuegos city, from which you can arrive in little time
to Santa Clara
city, where are preserved mortal remains of Comandante Che Guevara in a
beautiful mausoleum dedicated to his memory.
These journeys can
also be made in an economic way using a comfortable good quality VIAZUL bus
(www.viazul.cu), special for tourists.
Don’t go back home
without visiting Havana’s
Eastern beaches. You can find there charming
little beach town Guanabo.
most of the residential, commercial places, offices and hotels is 110 V / 60
Hz, although there are tourist facilities that also have 220 V / 60 Hz. Plugs
are of plane spikes.
39. How I can communicate telephonically in
Telephone calls to
any city of the world can be carried out from any International Phone
Center. Prepaid phone
cards service offers you the opportunity of calling automatically to any Cuba
city or any place on the world. You can travel with your own cellular telephone
that should have the following technical characteristics for working in Cuba:
GSM Norm (European norm), in the 900 MHz band or TDMA Norm (American norm), in
the 800 MHz. band. For more details (to get your phone ready or to hire the
services of mobile rent), contact CUBACEL company in its office at the airport
or in Barcelona Building, in 5th. Ave. and 76, in Miramar, Playa, tel. (53) 5880-2222. To call
to a fixed telephone, disk 53, then the code of the city and immediately the
wanted number. To call to a mobile: disk 53, then 5 which is the code of mobile
telephony; then disk the mobile number. To call directly from Cuba to any country of the world
you should disk 119 first, followed the code of the country, code of the city
and the wanted number.
40. Is Cuba a safe place?
is one of the safest countries of the world, with a lowest index of cases of
violence. In the island the tourists are dealt with respect by the local
population and will be fascinated by the hospitality of our people. Despite you
must take the normal precautions from security like: Don’t carry more money
than the necessary one in your wallet, not to leave your properties bye
negligence, beware of the improvised tour guides, they are not professional, in
many occasions they don’t know the history and the Cuban culture and they are
amiable to deceive the tourists. In the most important cities you will find
international clinics with service 24 hours. The medical insurance is
available. Vaccines are not required to come to Cuba.
41. Are there dangerous animals in Cuba?
One feature of Cuba’s fauna is the lack of
poisonous or other species harmful to human health. Cuban fauna has countless
inoffensive creatures, such as: the polymita, a mollusk that resides in small
shells of attractive colors, is exclusive of Cuba. In its fauna also calls the
attention the zunzún, the smallest species of hummingbird in the world.
Canorous birds abound in Cuban fields. Cuban flora counts more than 8000
42. What type of clothes and/or
articles recommends that we take to Cuba like tourists?
Clothing should be mainly cotton light
colors, especially during summer. It would be best to wear shorts, cotton and
flannel outfits and sandals. As for winter, a light jacket or a fine wool
sweater and closed comfortable shoes would do, mainly at night. You should also
bring sunglasses and a bathing-suit and so that you can take a refreshing swim,
and don't forget your sunscreen and insect repellent.
Which are the destinations and main attractions of Cuba?
has countless places of interest. Everything depends on your likes or
inclinations. The biggest preferences in the visitors are in Havana, not only
because is the capital of the country, but also because Havana possess many
historical and cultural interest places, numerous entertainment centers, all
type of museums where are kept samples and collections belonging to a so much
distant history as from more recent historical events. Havana has as well good beaches in their
At the same time Havana is near to grateful
natural beauties of the country, as you can enjoy at Vinales Valley and at
other attractive places on Pinar del Rio province, county to the West of Havana
which stores beautiful landscapes and where are located the plantations (“Vegas”)
where the best and more famous in the world tobacco leaves are cultivated.
Also near to Havana, but toward the East, is the location
of the very well-known Varadero beach. Another 262km more to the Southeast you
can visit Trinidad, small colonial town of a
lot of preference for visitors. It is one of the first 7 villages founded by
the Spanish crown in Cuba
at the beginning of XVI century and which used to be the old capital of the
center of the country, declared by UNESCO as Humanity's Cultural
Patrimony. There you can find as well
beaches, water sport, snorkeling, diving.
If you want to enjoy beautiful and
welcoming beaches of fine white sand and transparent waters, don't forget to
visit some one of the keys belonging to group of keys named by Christopher
Columbus “Gardens of the King”, northern the middle part of Cuba, which counts
among them Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo, to the north of Ciego de Avila province
and Cayo Las Brujas and Cayo Santa María, to the north of Villa Clara.
If you wish to know the city considered as
the "more Caribbean" place on the whole country, don't stop visiting
Santiago de Cuba, which is the second city in size and is considered “the
cradle of the revolution”, possessor of countless places and monuments due to
the outstanding paper carried out by the city and their residents in different
historical events of relevance happened in its 500 years of history. In the
city is located the house of Don Diego Velasquez, first Spanish governor the
island had; you also can visit the
Moncada barracks, former military headquarter assaulted in 1953 by Fidel Castro
to begin the Revolution; Santiago carefully keeps the houses where used to live
Antonio Maceo and Frank Pais, outstanding figures on different historical
times. In the proximities of the city is located Nuestra Señora de la Caridad del
Cobre Sanctuary, patron saint of Cuba. Santiago also possesses strong cultural
traditions; it has the pride to be the cradle of the Cuban music Son. In Santiago de Cuba the
famous Cuban rum was invented and there you can visit the Bacardí rum factory
made by his founder.
More to the East, at 234 km from Santiago
de Cuba, is located Baracoa
town. Its original name was Nuestra Señora de la Asunción de Baracoa, founded in 1512
by Don Diego Velázquez, first Spanish Governor, as the first capital and first
bishopric of the island. Together with the strong historical load contained by
this city, it has like a particular stamp the affable character of their
residents and the beauty of a city surrounded by mountains, rivers and abundant
vegetation. Their natural landscapes are considered only ones in the country.
They are complemented by a smoothed mountain 575 m known “Yunque de Baracoa” (Baracoa’s Anvil), for its similarity with
that piece used by blacksmiths for their work. Also, diverse water arteries
travel the territory, among them the Toa river - considered the mightiest river
in the island -, marked in its flow by numerous cascades, the most famous
well-known as El Saltadero, with 17 meters height. Is delightful to take a bath in some one of Baracoa rivers.
The own access to the city constitutes an
adventure, as being carried out by a very peculiar road that winds among the
mountains and responds to the name of La Farola, with 11 hanging
bridges and the most outstanding point in Altos de Cotilla, at more than 600m over sea level. Visitors are
wrapped in an atmosphere loaded with memories of the colonial time which
includes meeting with the famous Cruz de Parra (wooden cross), prepared by
Admiral Christopher Columbus at his arrival to Baracoa, when discovering the island, made
with local precious wood, used as well to officiate by Fray Bartolome de las Casas.
Considered by many visitors one of the most
attractive places in the country, Baracoa
awaits patiently for the arrival of those for whom the history and the
traditions and the search of an almost virgin nature constitute the strong
plate when resting.
Can I drink water directly of the faucet?
Most of the Cuban persons use to drink
water from faucet once it has been boiled. However is advisable for you to
drink only bottled water to avoid any possible accidentally acquired tropical
45. Are there places for sport
hunting and fishing?
Sport fishing is
broadly practiced along all the country.
Important competitions take place, even of international character.
Among them stands out the “Ernest Hemingway” International
Marlin Fishing Tournament that
takes place annually. You can write us if wishing bigger information.
Hunt is practiced
mainly on migratory birds as ducks and some geese that cross Cuba following the route of the Atlantic. The hunt is carried out in reserved areas,
looking after the preservation of the species which are in extinction process.
Averagely are granted permissions for the woodcock's hunt, the quail and the
There are diverse
hunt limits. The official hunting season generally begins in October month and
extends until ends of March. Cuban limits are inhabited or visited by a great
variety of aquatic and terrestrial species. Among them you can find the Florida
Duck (Ells Clypeata), the Bahamas Duck (Ells Bahamensis), the Cuchareta Duck
(Ells Clypeata), the Huyuyo Duck (Aix Sponsa), the white pick Gallareta
(American Fulica), the Yaguasín (Bicolor Dendrosigna), the Paloma rabiche
(Asian Zenaida), the Torcaza cuellimorada (Columba Squamosa, guinea's Hen
(Numida Melearis), the Codorníz (Colinus Virginianus) and the necklace Pheasant
(Prastanus Colchicus), etc.
If you are
interested on these topics, we can send you more information.
46. Is it possible to take pictures
and film freely in Cuba?
You can take pictures and film freely in Cuba,
except in restricted areas as military and others. Museums and other places of
interest have specific regulations. To take colored pictures, the best time is
between 09:30 hours and 11:30 hours, and after 16:00 hours.
47. To whom should I go in Cuba
if I have any questions about anything?
The Master or Mistress of the house where you stay will be the best person to guide you. That’s why is also
important to stay at a legal trust lodging.