Your most frequently asked Cuba travel questions

So, you’re planning a trip to Cuba. You’ve short-listed your top picks for where to go and what to do. But you still have some unanswered questions. To help, we’ve put together a list of our most commonly asked questions and got our Cuba travel specialists to give you their advice.

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’re on a self-drive trip. 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, but you may feel obligated to as there is a tipping culture in Cuba. Taxi drivers, restaurant staff and hotel staff generally receive a 10% tip. You might want to tip a little extra if you’ve received particularly good service. Have more questions about money matters in Cuba? Here’s some more useful information to help.

What’s the food like?

Cuba isn’t exactly known for its culinary delights, but this is changing and it’s increasingly possible to find some really delicious meals. That said, you do need to travel with an open mind and have fairly low expectations. Meals can be bland, and you will be faced with a limited choice when you eat out. If you’re 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.

Should I take some gifts for my casa host?

We think it’s a nice idea to take your casa host a gift when you visit but you don’t have to. Small tokens 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.

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 your onward transfer. You can either walk or take a taxi to your meeting point and it’s always a good idea to arrive at least 15 minutes early.

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