CUBA 101 - The basics of visiting Cuba:

 
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Pay attention to Money in Cuba

Cuba has two different currencies. First one the Cuban National Peso or CUP. This is a low-power currency, that locals are paid in. It’s also called the moneda national so when you see prices...

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Smoking Cigarettes in Cuba

First, if you light up in Cuba be prepared for a number of Cubans to ask you for a cigarette. Second, nobody in Cuba ever has a light, so don’t leave home without one,...

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Cocktails in Cuba

Cuba claims the invention of some of the world most popular cocktails. Regularly they cost around 2-3 CUC depending in the location and plainly speaking are at most average in taste. One think they...

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The coffee situation in Cuba

Cubans as with most things, believe they have ”the best coffee in the world”. They do not. I am an avid coffee drinker and tasted most of Cuba’s coffee offerings from hotel breakfast coffee...

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Street food in Havana, Cuba

You can usually get  a bite to eat on each corner of the most populated areas, but use your best judgment. The safest food is fried, boiled or thoroughly cooked. Avoid stuff that has...

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Eating at Restaurants in Cuba

Cubans have a saying: “There are three things  the Revolution got right: Sports, Education and the Medical System, and there are three things the Revolution does wrong:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.” Food in Cuba...

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Cuban Drinks

Welcome to the state monopoly Ciego Montero, a kind of a Coca-Cola Company.  They make the local Cola called TuKola. It’s not bad, but it’s not that good either. You should definitely avoid at...

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What regular Cubans eat

Not much. And they almost never season their food. No salt, no spices. They have ration cards they use to get the basic supplies like rice, cooking oil and flower from state-run stores. Other...

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Souvenirs in Cuba, what to bring back home.

Cuban souvenirs are usually really cheap but first rule of buying anything in Cuba is haggle and negotiate as hard as you can. Real prices are usually about a third of the initial asking...