- BBC (www.bbc.co.uk) Interesting correspondent reports on Cuba.
- Cubacasas.net (www.cubacasas.net) Information, photos and contact details for casas particulares.
- Info Cuba (www.cubainfos.net) Excellent collection of web pages focusing mainly on Cuba's resort areas. In French and English.
- La Habana (www.lahabana.com) Art, culture, business and travel in Havana.
- Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba) Destination information, articles, hotel bookings, traveler forum and more.
- For a glimpse of the real Cuba and a chance to put your money directly into the pockets of individual Cubans, stay in a casa particular (private homestay).
- Carry toilet paper and antiseptic hand-wash, and drink bottled water.
- Avoid driving in Havana. The city has various public transportation options and reasonably priced taxis. Most neighborhoods are walkable.
- Thanks to heavy bureaucracy, answers to simple requests aren’t always straightforward. Probe politely and ask at least five different people before you make important decisions.
- Bring a warm jumper for buses – the air-conditioning is often freezing.
- US travelers shouldn't rely on credit/debit cards – despite diplomatic talk, their use in Cuba still hasn't been activated.
- Book ahead for accommodation and transport, especially in peak season.
What to Take
- Latin American Spanish dictionary/phrasebook
- Plug adaptors for European and US sockets
- Good money belt that fits snugly around your waist
- Basic first aid kit, pain killers and any required medications
- Insect repellent, sunscreen and sunglasses
- Stash of cash in euros, Canadian dollars or pound sterling
- Energy bars for long road trips
What to Wear
Cuba is a hot, humid country which, thankfully, has a casual approach to clothing. Locals generally opt for shorts, sandals and T-shirts; women favor tight-fitting Lycra, men looser guayabera shirts (invented in Cuba). There are only two nude beaches in Cuba, frequented almost exclusively by foreigners. Cinemas and theaters usually have a ‘no shorts’ rule for men.
- Preload credit card with funds in your home country, in case you run out of cash.
- Print out copy of medical insurance to show at airport.
- Check when booking air ticket that tourist card is included in your flight package.
- Book ahead for accommodation and bus tickets.