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Vintage American car, Havana, Cuba

Cuba holidays 2021 & 2022

Vintage American car, Havana, Cuba
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Cuba dances to its own rhythm. Our specialists have a deep affection for this complex country, quirks and all. They can advise you on how to experience its riches on a tailor-made Cuba holiday, sharing their recommendations for everything from the best casas de la trova (traditional music halls) to the quietest beaches.

For even if this communist nation is slowly sliding to the West, on a holiday to Cuba you’ll see how Havana still lives in the past. It’s a place of rusting Cadillacs, fruit carts, Sovietesque monuments to revolutionary heroes, and locals chatting on the seafront wall. There’s a Cuba beyond the capital, too: valleys of tobacco fields and limestone outcrops. The sleepy, white-sand islets of the northern cayes. And music — the country’s lifeblood. Everywhere pulses with salsa and son.
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Useful information for planning your holiday in Cuba

  • Timezone
    UTC -5

  • Flight time
    7 hours 30 upwards dependent on airline (Dublin to Havana)

  • Recommended airlines
    Air Europa

  • Cuba's official language is Spanish. English is only widely spoken within the tourist industry so having a few choice phrases of Spanish is always useful, especially in more rural areas.

  • Dining in Cuba is an experience that is enjoyed for the atmosphere and ambience, not necessarily for the quality of the food. This is due to continuing food shortages and restrictions on private enterprise. Most of the restaurants in the country are state owned and offer wholesome but not gastronomic cuisine. Dining in a 'paladar', however, is a much more entertaining experience. Paladares are small, private, family run restaurants often found in a family home, giving them a unique atmosphere. The cooks at paladares are usually more imaginative with the food available and the best meal you have in Cuba will often be in a paladar.

    Vegetarians and vegans are increasingly well catered for as the tourism industry develops in Cuba, especially in more highly visited areas such as Havana and Trinidad, but you may find that in more rural areas restaurants do not accommodate for dietary requirements quite as readily. Rice, black beans, fried plantains and roast pork is the type of dish that you are likely to find as typical fare in Cuba, reflective of the simple but hearty cuisine on the island.

  • In Cuba there is a dual monetary system where two closed currencies operate; the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC) and the Cuban Peso (CUP). In general, as a visitor, you would be using Cuban Convertible Pesos, as Cuban Pesos are almost exclusively used by locals. Since 2004 US Dollars have no longer been accepted, and an additional 10% tax is applied when changing them in Cuba, so you are much better off taking Sterling or Euros to exchange for Cuban Convertible Pesos. You can find ATMs quite extensively in the country’s cities and towns, but unfortunately they often do not function, so it is advisable to take a cash float into the country.

  • It is generally recommended that tourists tip a small amount, though not necessarily a percentage. At times, taxi drivers, hotel porters, waiters and ubiquitous musicians will expect (or even demand) a tip. Cubans earn an average of £30 a month so it is no surprise that many Cubans have turned to tourism as a good tip can easily exceed their salaries. However, many Cubans, especially in more rural areas, are proud people, and offering a tip to someone giving you directions or inviting you into their home for a coffee can be an insult.

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