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Cuba travel guide

Cuba is best for

Beach lovers: Its crystal-clear turquoise water and white-sand beaches are a slice of paradise.

Explorers: With coral reefs, mountain peaks and hiking trails, leave no stone unturned.

Culture vultures: Experience authentic Cuba with events, carnivals and architecture.

Fast facts

Language: The people in Cuba speak Spanish

Population: 11 million people

Capital: Havana

Currency: The currency is the Peso. There are two versions, the Cuban Peso (CUP) and the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC). You’ll only need to worry about the Cuban Convertible Peso, which you can change from sterling once you arrive on holiday.

Local time: Cuba is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time.

Fly to: José Martí International Airport. It's less than 1 hour to the centre of Havana from here. 

Flight time from the UK: The flight time to Cuba is 10 hours.

Tourist information: You’ll find everything you need to know about your holiday at www.travel2cuba.co.uk

Visas / health: Before you book your holiday, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cuba for health advice and all the information you need on visas

 

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Getting around

By taxi: Jump in a taxi and every journey is metered. It costs CUC$1 to start and then CUC$1 per kilometre in cities. You might find some taxi drivers offer you a flat, off-meter rate that’s close to what you’d pay if the meter was on. This is because off-meter, the fare goes straight into the driver’s pocket rather than being divided up by the state.

Colectivo taxis: Running on fixed, long-distance routes, these colectivo taxis leave when the car’s full and normally work out cheaper than the bus. Think of it as carpooling, and a great way to meet new people on your holidays in Cuba!

Events

Cuba’s social calendar is packed all year long.

Carnival time: No holiday here would be complete without embracing carnival spirit. Visit when the Santiago de Cuba carnival’s on in July, or the Havana Carnival in August and expect an explosion of bold colour, spectacular costumes, street parades and music everywhere.

Religious pilgrimage: Experience a taste of the island’s culture and traditions with an event like Romerias de Mayo. Held every May in Holguin, this annual Christian festival is known locally as ‘the May pilgrimages’ and has dancing, music and traditional religious services.

Safety and Security

For up to date advice on travelling to Cuba, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cuba/safety-and-security