Cuba

Touristy areas are expensive but live like a local as much as you can throughout your stay and get the realistic Cuban experience with your time in this revolutionary island.

TRANSPORTATION

Bus Terminals in Every City (small or large there is transportation there)

Caminiónes. Cargo Truck with benches. Avg 10 CUP per hour of drive. (May have to stand)

Guwawas. Local buses that go from city to city. About the same price as the caminiónes, but luxury of having an actual seats available. (May have to stand)

Colectivos collective taxis (yes in the super cool old school cars! May not be as shiny as the ones in Havana Viejo, but are non the less classics!

***Despite popular beliefs foreigners are allowed on the cheap local or government transportation. There are not going to be a lot of tourists using this local of transportation. For ten times the price you can do what all the other tourist do and use CruzDelSur, it’s very reliable.

******My Advice*****

-ask other passengers the price of the bus

–> don’t bother asking the driver or his helpers

–> do ask at least two different people (even locals can get charged extra, especially in more comfterable taxi colectivos)


Food

YOU WANT El Menú Cubano

-Make sure the menu is in CUP

-Ask before ordering what’s included in the plate

-Verify prices on any ‘Specials’ they may have

*1 CUP = coffee/croquetas/peanuts

*2 CUP = small soda/juice

*3-5-10 CUP = Sanwhich/hamburger/

*5-10-15 CUP = pizza/pasta

*15-25 CUP = good sized plate of chicken/pork with rice, beans, and salad.


Drinks

*BYO (bring your own) WATER!!!

*3 COP Bottle of Rum ! ! !

*18CUP-1COP Beer

– rare government brewers I’ve found from 2-6 CUP a glass


SLEEP

more and more hostels are popping up for us budget travelers but if no hostel, best to find another traveler/s to split a room with (two beds…or not).

Price goes up only about 1-2 COP than if you had the room to yourself

* it is illegal for locals without correct paperwork to host foreigners in their home. Big consequences for them. Most won’t…. but that being said 5-10 COP is a lot of money

*easy to find a room for 15 COP

*Bargin for cheaper. Example. Convincing 10 COP the first night but 15COP if you stay two nights. Avg 7.5COP a night

——–Havana——–

Hamel Hostel aka Casa de Magnolia

5 COP

central havana, 20 min walk to Havana Viejo

* need reservation

Don Domingo Hostel

10 COP

1block away from the Malecón and Havana Viejo

and they can tell you all about the local religion of Santaría


Cigars

get a local to find you the deal

street cigars 1-2 CUC each

the good cigars 1-4 COP


Tours

** Bargin with these guys !!! **

-Tons of tour agencies and guys in the main plazas wanting to sell a tour of something

* Whole day horse tour 10-15 COP


Money Exchange

Ask locals outside of tourist area ( there is a black market money exchange that will get you the best rate evvverrr) especially if you have USD.

Make sure to have the local CUP pesos cubano/pesos nacional. This is the local money you will use for street food and transportation

1 COP = 25 CUP


Shopping

Cuba is not the place to get your shopping on. Can be very hard to find very basic things such as cloths, hygiene products etc. bring everything that you need.

(I recommend even bringing extra cloths for any locals you meet because even for them cloths are very expensive.)

Tons of touristy craft markets to choose from, remember the further you are from the tourist attractions the better deal you’ll find ! But remember these are touristy things so they will have touristy prices!


Touristy areas are expensive but live like a local as much as you can throughout your stay and get the realistic Cuban experience with your time in this revolutionary island.