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What should I pack for my Cuba Holiday?

What should I pack for my Cuba Holiday?

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Entry requirements:

You won't be able to get in to Cuba without your passport, which should be valid for at least 6 months after your return date, and a Cuban tourist card, we can arrange the tourist card for you when you book your holiday with us. You'll need to complete the Cuba form online approximately 48 hours prior to departure.

What you should wear in Cuba:

Cuba has a tropical climate, with year-round warm weather. Traditionally the driest months are between November and April, with May through to October experiencing occasional short sharp bursts of rain, normally lasting around 5 or 10 minutes. You should pack swimwear and light clothing for the day, with comfortable walking shoes if you are planning on doing any excursions, sunglasses, and a hat are a good idea to help you with the sun, (you'll see plenty of Panama and Canotier hats in Cuba), along with sunscreen of course!

It's a good idea to bring a light jacket or cardigan for the evenings which can be a little cooler, they also come in handy when some restaurants and bars are a little too enthusiastic with their air conditioning.

Whilst Cuba has one of the lowest crime rates in the world, as with anywhere in the world it's still not a good idea to flash expensive jewelry around, or to pack it in your luggage, so you should leave this at home.

Some hotels have a dress code, so check before you travel, in most hotels gents are expected to wear trousers in à la carte restaurants in the evening.


Cash remains king in Cuba, most bars and restaurants don't accept credit cards currently, and most ATMs are empty, so it's important to bring enough cash with you for your stay.
The official currency in Cuba is the Cuban Peso, this is a closed currency, making it worthless outside of Cuba, inflation is currently high in Cuba, so we recommend bringing over Euros and or US dollars in cash, as this traditionally offers much better value for money locally. Many restaurants and bars have started to price up in Euros and Dollars now, some taxis have also started to accept these currencies as well. We recommend small denominations as tips do go a long way in Cuba, you will probably get Cuban Pesos in your change so please bear this in mind and use these in Cuba as you can't change them back. Conversely, large hotels will only accept credit or debit cards, so check with your bank that they will be accepted in Cuba as you may need them.

An adapter:

You should bring a 2-pin travel adaptor, confusingly some hotels, and Casas are adapted to except flat pin or round pin, so bring both. The power supply in Cuba is usually 110 volts, most hotels have dual voltage, with sockets in rooms being 220 volts, and the standard frequency is 60hz.
It's also worth bringing a portable charger just in case.

Bottled water:

Cuba's drinking water is treated, however, unless you are a local, or frequent traveller to the Island you will not be used to it, so stick to bottled water, even when brushing your teeth, and avoid ice with drinks where possible. You should also remember to bring some with you when out on excursions as it's easy to become dehydrated in Cuba's sunny climate, especially if you've sampled some of Cuba's world-class cocktails the evening before.

Over the counter medicines:

Although Cuba has one of the best healthcare systems in the world, it does have shortages of basic medicines, and you may face a long queue to shop in a pharmacy. Over-the-counter medicines and pharmacy products are not always available. You should bring anything you might need with you including any prescription medicines if required.

Travel insurance:

It can sometimes slip our minds, but it is extremely important to have travel insurance when traveling anywhere abroad, it's actually a legal requirement to have travel insurance to enter Cuba. You should ensure that you have comprehensive travel insurance and bring a copy just in case, you may be asked to show proof of it on arrival in Cuba. Just Travel Cover can offer you a quote with a range of covers and price comparisons.

Tips, or gifts for the local people:

Tipping isn't compulsory in Cuba, yet most Cubans who work in the hospitality industry rely on tips, as wages tend to be low in Cuba, the average monthly salary is about $40. it's not uncommon to meet bartenders or waiters who have given up professions highly prized in the West to make ends meet. Leaving a small tip when satisfied with their service helps the local people and will also ensure better service next time around. Due to the U.S trade embargo certain items that are readily available and inexpensive to us, can be hard to come by in Cuba, things like over the counter medicines like aspirin, toiletries, and school supplies are greatly appreciated, however, these things should only be given out when it is felt appropriate, and not randomly in the street when it can appear to be offensive.

Our local Representatives contact details:

When you book with us you will receive an important information document, which contains our rep's contact information, someone is always available so should you have any issues at all, please don't hesitate to contact them.

An open mind:

Cuba is a wonderful and unique country, and sometimes it faces unique challenges, including some shortages at times, especially since the United States imposed a trade embargo on it in the 1960s, which remains in place to this day. Hotel ratings are mostly lower than European standards, so a five-star hotel in Cuba normally equates to about a 4 star here, you won't enjoy the experience any less as there is simply nowhere else like Cuba. The people of Cuba earn low salaries compared to us in the West, yet their indomitable spirit and love for life carry them through, so please bear this in mind, and be respectful of it.


You cannot travel to one of the most unique, and beautiful countries in the world without taking a few snaps to treasure afterward, so make sure that you pack a camera, or that your smartphone has enough memory left on it, you'll kick yourself otherwise!

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