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14 details you would like to know about Cuba

14 details you would like to know about Cuba

14 details you would like to know before you to come Cuba.

  1. Security: Cuba is one of the safest place countries in South America. It has a very low crime rate. Nevertheless, if far from the city center take security measures.
  2. Health Service: Cuban Health system is well known around the world. It is full of prestigious Doctors. Hotels offer this kind of service guaranteeing the primary assistance. The country also counts with more than 500 clinics and 300 hospitals throughout the whole Island. We recommend you when visiting the Island to carry a medical insurance.
  3. Exchange money: there are two currents money in Cuba CUC and CUP. The exchange rate is 1 CUC for 24 CUP. This exchange money is just carried out in places called (CADECA). This places of course belong to the government. CUC is the equivalent of the American Dollar. But, when the American Dollar is exchange to CUC a 10% of tax is taken.
  4. The water in Cuba is treated, even so it is not drinkable. It is much better to buy the bottled water at the different stores throughout the country.
  5. National energy system works with 110 volts. Even so there is some hotel that has 220 volts. Outlets work with flat plugs for that reason an adaptor is required.
  6. To make long distance phone calls or phone calls abroad a phone card is required. They are sold at hotel receptions, shop or at the telephone centers. they are sold for the price of 5,10 and 20 CUC. The code to call abroad is 119, then the code of the country must be dialed followed by the phone number of the person you wish to make contact with. Phone calls can be made from the reception of any hotel where they also offer internet service.
  7. Only an amount of 50 cigars are allowed to take out of the country or 2 boxes correctly registered and two bottles of Rum per person.
  8. In case of using safety box in the room of the hotels will cost of 2 CUC. When going out please leave passport and valuables in the safety box. Take just the necessary.
  9. Payments can be made by credit cards such as VISA or MASTERCARD, those credit card that are issued by an American Bank are not allowed in Cuba.
  10. An amount of 25 CUC must be paid at the airport the day of the departure.
  11. In case of a car accident all the responsibility will go to the car driver.
  12. Way of driving: car is driver on the right lane. only people of 18 years old and over are allowed to drive in Cuba. Those who has driver license. Driving at night is not advisable. Roads conditions are not good. They are full of bumps and they don’t have enough lights.
  13. Clothes made of cotton or any similar are the most suitable during the whole year. Nevertheless, is necessary to take into account from October to March cold fronts are very frequent, especially in December. From January to February the temperature goes down to 40º degrees Fahrenheit. For this season wearing a light sweater necessary.
  14. Tipping in Cuba is very common. The staffs always expect to be tipped by clients. Restaurants bars and other services the tip can be 10% but usually give a CUC is enough. Tip is not obligatorily.

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