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If you need some advice or tips on travelling around Cuba then look no further. Our Cuba specialists have gathered all the information you need to get the most out of your holiday.
Get the lowdown on visas, money, transport, vegan & vegetarian food and internet access with our handy guide below.
When’s the best time to visit Cuba?
Cuba’s climate is tropical all year round but we recommend travelling between December and June. There are always refreshing breezes cooling things down. Have a look at the typical climate and temperatures throughout the months to help you decide when is best to book your trip to Cuba.
Visa, passport and money matters
Before you head off on your travels to Cuba it’s a good idea to get clued up on all the essential information you’ll need when it comes to visas, passports and money. Cuba is different to many destinations when it comes to this side of things, but it’s simple enough if you have all the info you need. Dont forget, when you book with Rickshaw, you’ll have full support from your travel specialist who will arrange your visa and advise on their top logistical tips when you’re there.
In the meantime, we’ve compiled a handy guide to give you a helping hand.
Internet & wifi in Cuba
Things have certainly moved on in recent years in Cuba. Internet is much more readily available, but you’ll still struggle to connect in some locations (something that is actually quite refreshing!). Most hotels offer wifi nowadays, albeit with varying degrees of connection strength. In some places, you’ll need to buy a card from a shop, your hotel reception or some casa particulares. This card or token will cost 1.50 cuc for one hour of internet. There are wifi hotspots dotted around Cuba and within most hotels. Simply join the wifi hotspot, enter your temporary login and password from the token and you’ll be online. The internet is not as fast as you’ll be used to, so keep it simple – probably best not to try downloading a film, as you’ll be waiting more than a while.
It’s not unusual to find local people congregating in parks, glued to their phones, as for many Cubans these public hotspots are the only way to access the internet.
Getting around Cuba
When it comes to getting around Cuba, there are a few options available to you. Meet other travellers in a group transfer or have a private car all to yourself. Want more freedom? Jump in your hire car and discover Cuba your way. If you’re thinking about hiring a car for your trip to Cuba then there are some things to be prepared for beforehand. The transport infrastructure of Cuba and road systems aren’t as developed as they are at home, so we’ve put together some useful advice to help prepare you for your road trip to Cuba.
Vegan & vegetarian food in Cuba
As with a lot of south and central American destinations, being a vegan or vegetarian can be challenging. We’ve got some pointers to help you along:
- Take vegan spreads, cheese and milk with you if you’re likely to miss these, as you won’t be able to find anything like this in Cuba
- Take a cool-bag to keep in the mini-fridges which most casa particulares and hotels will have
- Sauces, spreads, nuts and crisps are also useful to take with you as they can be tricky to come by
- You can use the Happycow app or website to find vegan and vegetarian-friendly restaurants
- If you struggle when eating out, this phrase might come in handy: “Soy vegetariano y no come el leche, la mantaquilla, el queso, la crema y el carne” – this explains that you don’t eat milk, butter, cheese, cream or meat
Supplies & shopping in Cuba
While on your adventure in Cuba, you might notice that the standard supplies and amenities available in most of the world are… well, they’re not there. Things like toothpaste, sun protection, snacks and general toiletries are not easily available, so it’s important to pack sufficiently to avoid being caught out.