Important Tips For Your Holidays To Cuba.
In this article you can find some useful tips for your Cuba holidays. Along many years I have been given advice to clients wanting to visit Cuba so I decided to summarize some of them. I hope you find them useful.
Try not to drink water from the tap. It is fine for locals but not for tourist. You will not have the required antibodies in your organism and will end up going to hospital. I know it sounds drastic but the last thing you want is to spend a week on a clinic instead of a hotel room.
Leave all your important documents in the safe box of your hotel room. Most hotels in Cuba offer this service included in the room price and a very few will charge extra 2.00 CUC per night for the use of the safe box. Keep your passport there as there is no need to carry them while in the streets.
If you are on a budget a good way to move around the island is by bus. There is only one company that offer this service and is called VIAZUL. Their fleet of coaches is in very good conditions and they connect each and every province in Cuba.
Avoid haggling with taxi drivers. All official taxis in Cuba have a taxi metre and you will be surprised how cheap a taxi is. If you instead ask a taxi driver how much is in advance most chances are you are going to be over charged. Just make sure the taxi driver uses the taxi metre.
The best hotels in Havana are those in the Old Town area. They are all small boutique hotels with a high standard of service and a lot of character. These hotels are residences from the 17th, 18th and 19th Century. Some of them belong to the richest and most famous personalities in Cuba. Among them Florida, Santa Isabel, Raquel, Condes de Villanueva and Saratoga Hotel are the ones that stand out from the crowd.
If you want a ride in an old American car there is a Company called Grand Car with a fleet of about 50 cars that you can hire with a driver per hour. This is a very good way to do sight seeing in Havana.
Try to book your self in one of the city tours that are offered in the lobby of almost every hotel in Cuba. These tours are very economic and convenient to do in your first day on each location in Cuba. They are normally guided by experienced tour guides and comprise both walking and driving around. Price is from 15.00 CUC per person.
Try out the Paladares, these are private restaurants located in someone’s house. They have a reduced number of tables but their cuisine is probably better than any of the fancy restaurants owned by the Government. The most famous Paladar is La Guarida.