As a tropical island, mosquitoes are prevalent across Cuba. Although Cuba has not been greatly affected by the Zika virus, please still take precaution by applying repellent that will protect you against Aedes mosquitoes (the type that carries Zika) in the early evening. Whilst we do advise that you take precautions against mosquitoes, please do not feel alarmed. The Cuban government is very proactive when it comes to fumigating across the island and removing potential breeding spots.
Salaries tend to be low in Cuba so tips are very much appreciated. We suggest leaving 1-2 CUCs per night for the cleaner in your hotel as well as giving taxi drivers 1 CUC after a short trip and tipping bar staff 1-2 CUC on a night out.
Phones & Internet
Most phones should work in Cuba, but we recommend contacting your provider before travelling just to make sure it does. Making calls and downloading data on your phone will be quite expensive. Text messages are a more economical way of keeping in touch.
Wi-Fi is available at most hotels and in many open-air plazas and city parks. In order to connect to Wi-Fi you will need to purchase a Wi-Fi card from ETECSA (Cuba's telecommunications company). These are available at hotels and ETECSA establishments. Wi-Fi cards cost 1 CUC for 1 hour, though pricing is subject to change. Most hotels will also offer internet cafes where you can connect directly from the available computers.
Please be aware that the internet connection in Cuba can be quite slow. You may not always be able to connect to the internet where there is a Wi-Fi hotspot (especially when there are a lot of other people at the hotspot).
Cuba uses US-style plugs. It is a good idea to bring a UK to US plug adaptor.
We advise all or self-drive clients to avoid driving at night. Roads tend to be poorly lit and you may come across other drivers with their headlights on full beam or an unlit horse and cart on a main road! Otherwise driving in Cuba is safe.
Cuba is one of the safest countries in the Caribbean. Obviously you should be careful, as you would travelling anywhere, but generally it is an incredibly safe place to travel in.
Cuba is HOT! Wear light, breathable fabrics and plenty of sunscreen. It's easy to burn quickly without realising. It's important to stay hydrated, particularly during a long day of sightseeing.