How much money do you need a day in cuba
Replies: 39 - Last Post: Apr 30, 2013 7:14 PM Last Post By: quilombo
Apr 25, 2013 5:15 PM
Apr 25, 2013 5:40 PM
1There are heaps of posts/threads on this subject often in response to more specific information - do you really just mean food and drink? Ttjpdo e.g has posted some very detailed examples of possible spending.
As a rough guide 75ish CUC for travel, sightseeing, food/drink and accommodation but clearly you should have access to more if things go awry.
Apr 25, 2013 5:44 PM
Apr 25, 2013 6:13 PM
3Since everybody's comfort level is different...as is their idea of luxury, the only real way to answer this type of question is to talk about minimums....i.e. :
-you can find well-kept legal casas in Habana for 20-25 CUCs, 15-20 in other parts of the country.
-You can eat in PesoMN restaurants for next to nothing, but you won't eat well.....but if you want to eat (and drink reasonably well, then Chef's 20-550 CUCs is a reasonable range.
-You can use colectivos for both urban and interurban travel, and, at the other end of the scale, you can rent a car, with or without driver.
I (and probably TT, as well) hate to see John promoting Rough Guides, or indulging in bad word play ;-) but I would consider his 75 CUCs a minimum...Cuba is not cheap.....we have always been comfortable on 100Cuc/day as an average , and we've also had plenty of days when we spent less....but when we added in our ideas about "fun" we've also had plenty of days where we spent more.
You may be starting to get the idea that you've asked a really subjective question.....and because we have no idea what your standards of good or bad are, our answers are equally subjective.
Apr 25, 2013 6:17 PM
4If you leave out nightlife.....$20-50 for food and drink sounds about right.....
then again, I can invite a friend and his wife, including my wife, and just the entrance fee can run 80 CUC at the Casa de la Musica in Havana, for 4 . A bottle of rum and 4 Colas, for those that like to mix and you are starting to push $160 CUC for a night out. It pays not to have family and friends in Cuba.....jeje
Then again, I have a tiny group of "friends" and I enjoy inviting them out.
Just saw #3's response. $100 CUC day + rental car used to be my budget. It's actually much less now, for various reasons.
Edited by: greslogo
Apr 25, 2013 6:23 PM
Apr 25, 2013 6:38 PM
6lilngrace: I note your profile says you are American. Good info. That means your credit cards will not work and you will have no way to get any more money if you run low. Your maximum spending will be limited to the cash in your wallet when you get on the plane. If that runs out, you are SOL.
The more important question than "budget" is how much to leave home with. I stay in casa particulars, never over 25 CUC a night. I figure 100 CUC a day, normally spend significantly less, but always carry a healthy reserve.
Apr 25, 2013 7:54 PM
7I (and probably TT, as well) hate to see John promoting Rough Guides, or indulging in bad word play ;-)
Wrong on both counts JC - was not promoting RG's - was purely and simply another way of saying "very approximately" and secondly I don't indulge in bad word play - only good word play LOL!
By the way more seriously you use "we" often so your estimates are based on 2 persons . and the OP's on one?
Just another complexion to such an open ended question.
Apr 25, 2013 9:31 PM
8Thank you all for your answers. I have traveled through most of central america and mexico the past 12 months. I am solo and for food and drink I can do well for less than $50 per day in the places I mentioned. Costa Rica I found to be the most expensive place I have been in the past year. Does anyone know how Habana Cuba compares say to San Jose Costa Rica or Puerto Vallarta Mexico?
Apr 25, 2013 9:47 PM
9Yes food and drink is all that I am asking and I am solo. What makes you think that I am asking anything else? I have found lots of reasonable accommodations so I know what to plan on have for accommodation. Now all I need to know is what I will need to eat and drink. My home is in Mexico and I understand the difference between street food and fine dining. I am more on the street food end of the spectrum. Give me a beer and some beans and rice and I am ready to go.
Apr 25, 2013 10:24 PM
10Best way I can comment on your liking for street food is that I find Mexican and generally speaking all central and south american street food yummy (and SEAsian too for that matter). Whereas Cuban for me is by and large inedible except for roast pork rolls and a few other eats that cost 10-20CUP. But I sure wouldn't want to depend on that way of eating other than as between meal snacks. Mexican street food is a cuisine - a bit of a stretch to apply that to Cuban street food e.g. the ubiquitous greasy cheese 'pizza'
And many but not all MN peso restaurants would be far from our first eating choice.
Never eat in casa or restaurant.; drink tap water, cheapest beer or better still ron and you could live on a few dollars a day. Whether one would want to - give it a try and report back afterwards. Otherwise I'll stick to the rough guide of 75CUC day less accommodation, entertainment and travel costs.
Apr 26, 2013 6:22 AM
11For a newcomer to Cuba, let's be more specific:
Havana - 33 cl good beer, 1CUC a can in kiosks and most fast foods, upwards to 4 CUC in best hotels. Bottle of water 60 cents for half a liter, cheaper in largerr bottles. Fried chicken and rice in a fast food or off the centre catetarias 3 CUC, 7 CUC in the cafetaria in Hotel Nacional. Pork about the same. Fruit available in the street at low prices. Room rent 15 to 30 CUC depending on location. Taxi for short distances in the centre, 3-5 CUC, collectivo taxi 50 cents. Taxi from the airport 25 CUC, departure airport tax 25 CUC. Bottle of ron 4 CUC. Cheapest cigar 5 cents, most expensive upwards to 20 CUC. Viazul bus to Santiago, about 800 km, 51 CUC.
Outside Havana the prices are more or less the same, expect room rents might be slight lower, depending on season.
Apr 26, 2013 6:24 AM
12I have lived in both Cuba and Mexico..
My home is in Mexico and I understand the difference between street food and fine dining.
Mexican street food IS fine dining in Cuba jajaja, really, whilst street food is getting better in Cuba it is not even in the same league as Mexico. Just lower your expectations, then lower them a bit more.. don`t have any expectations. The drink however is a different ball game, if rums your thing.. your going to be in rum heaven jaja.
Generally speaking Havana will be more expensive than Vallarta. You will find Cuba to be more expensive than Costa Rica generally speaking.
As most others have already said, your original question is difficult to answer.. how much do you eat and drink?
Generally speaking, most tourists will pay in CUC on average (in Havana)....
Lunch in a low-mid end restuarant - plate of food 3-5 CUC
Dinner in a standard run of the mill place - 5-10 CUC maybe (its kinda of difficult to say)
Bottle of water - 50 cents
Can of soft drink - 50 cents
Can/bottle of beer - 1 CUC
Cocktail - 2-4 CUC
(CUP -moneda nacional- is another story, so run a search to find all about the dual currency issue)
So I guess figure out how much you consume and do the maths.. enjoy!
Apr 26, 2013 7:56 AM
13John, the RG thing was a (admittedly feeble) joke.......did you miss the smiley face cue?
On a more serious note, you're right.....other than accommodation, where we, as a couple pay the same casa rates as a single the other figures I gave are for singles....though, with the exception of ticketed "fun" items and travel fares, our experience has been that we spend less, as a couple, than two independent singles would. That may sound very subjective, but I believe it's true.
Apr 26, 2013 8:23 AM
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