How much should I budget for per day?

On average you’ll spend around £30-50 per person, per day for food, drinks, tips and petrol if you are on a self drive trip. This does completely depend on your preferences though too. On average you should expect to pay £5 for lunch, £10 for dinner and a nice cold beer will set you back a meagre £3. The average price for a full tank of petrol is around £45.

Do I have to tip in Cuba?

Tipping isn’t compulsory, however you may feel obligated to in Cuba as it is a tipping culture. Taxi drivers, restaurant staff and hotel staff generally receive a 10% tip, however you may want to tip a little extra if you’ve received a particularly good service. Have more questions about money matters in Cuba? Here’s some more useful information to help.

hotel courtyard in havana cuba

What's the food like?

Cuba isn’t known for its culinary delights, so you do need to travel with an open mind and fairly low expectations. Often the meals will be bland, and you will be faced with limited choice when you do eat out. If you are staying in casa accommodation,  the quality of food cooked and prepared by your hosts is much better than most restaurants or hotels. Your host will go to local markets to source the best ingredients for your yummy home cooked meals.



rickshaw staff ceri with local family in cuba

Should I take some gifts for my casa host?

We think it’s a nice idea to bring your casa host a gift when you visit but you don’t have to. Small gestures such as toiletries, tights, clothing items, or children’s toys and books for example would be kindly received. Alternatively you could give your casa host a monetary tip at the end of your stay if you feel you have received some great service. Here’s why we think you should stay in a Cuba casa.

Yellow bus on the street

Why can't group transfers pick me up from my casa?

It’s actually illegal for government run group transfers to collect passengers from private homes in Cuba, so we arrange a central pick up location for you to get yourselves to for your onward transfer. You can either walk or take a taxi to your meeting point, and its always a good idea to arrive at least 15 minutes early.

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