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Cuba is an informal country with few rules of etiquette.

  • Greetings Shake hands with strangers; a kiss or double-cheek kiss is appropriate between people (men–women and women–women) who have already met.

  • Conversation Although they can be surprisingly candid, Cubans aren’t keen to discuss politics, especially with strangers and if it involves being openly critical of the government.

  • Dancing Cubans don’t harbor any self-consciousness about dancing. Throw your reservations out of the window and let loose.