Cuba Report from an Americano
Replies: 38 - Last Post: May 3, 2013 12:00 AM Last Post By: Moondogginjerzee
Apr 19, 2013 4:16 PM
Apr 19, 2013 4:50 PM
311.) Asistur Insurance is a decent product at a very fair price and covers lots more than simple medical. It's easy and fast to purchase at the airport in Cuba and covers repatriation. It works so well that you can hardly believe that it's Cuban based:
2.) If you're connecting through Mexico then consider booking the final leg and insurance through Divermex. They're another solid company and their insurance is excellent too.
Apr 19, 2013 4:53 PM
Apr 19, 2013 10:05 PM
33I do but it is a new york base company so that will do me no good there. thanks or the info. I will buy some when I get there.
One more question...
You ended up using more of the MONEDA NACIONAL instead of CUC? I know you lost when you used the us dollar, but you felt like your money went further if it was the moneda Nacional as opposed to CUC? I am going in a few weeks so I appreciate all your help.
Apr 20, 2013 1:05 AM
34pourlola, read about money exchnage here: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g147270-c109329/Cuba:Caribbean:Money.Exchange.html
Then come back with any further questions.
Apr 20, 2013 5:07 AM
35The average salary in Cuba is 17cuc and they do get rations that they pay for in CUPs as well as housing, medical, and education. They have to maintain their house while costs of electrical and plunmbing fixtures rival what we pay. Have you noticed how much new construction on houses has stopped once the cinder block walls and roof is complete? Medical staff rely on gifts from patients to make a better living. Those providing gifts get the best attention. You need to talk to cubans there if you really want to know how they manage. Inflation has eaten up what they earn. A bici trip used to be 10cup, now 20 cup.The costs for meat and vegetables for them is very high and they don't have them on the table very often.
Tourists seldom get to understand how the average Cuban lives.
Apr 25, 2013 12:03 PM
36Moon, you mentioned exchanging USD for euros for a better exchange rate. Did you ever consider the hit you'd take changing USD to euros first? $300 would convert to €231 (at the current exchange rate) and €231 would convert to 284CUC (at current exchange rate). Converting $300 directly to CUC should be approximately CUC 279 a difference of only CUC5. This estimate is based on all things being equal and not taking into account any potential commissions. I guess you still come out ahead but not by very much.
May 2, 2013 11:57 PM
37Sorry for the long absence, but i was not required to buy travel insurance. nobody even mentioned that. the LP guide does mention it i believe, but i went through without any. I knew a Scot who had to get xrays done there and didnt have insurance and payed very little for his hospital visit, maybe $30CUC if im not mistaken. Very cheap, yet first class health care :)
May 3, 2013 12:00 AM
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