Holidays in Cuba - important information for tourists

Cuba holidays Most important things to know for tourists

General information

General information for traveler in Cuba
  • Republic of Cuba
  • Area: 110,860 kms2
  • Coasts: 3,735 km
  • Climate: tropical
  • Inhabitants: 11,000,000 (51% mulatto, 37% white, 11% black, 1% Chinese)
  • Official language: Spanish
  • Time zone: New York
  • Administrative division: 14 provinces (Camaguey, Ciego de Avila, Cienfuegos, Ciudad de La Habana, Granma, Guantanamo, Holguin, Isla de la Juventud, Artemisa, Mayabeque, Las Tunas, Matanzas, Pinar del Rio, Sancti Spiritus, Santiago de Cuba, Villa Clara)
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The most important information

Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean. From the most easterly point to the westernmost point, Cuba measures more than one thousand kilometers. The climate, beaches and people attract thousands of tourists from all over the world every year, but above all, Spaniards, Italians, Canadians and Germans travel through Cuba.

Visa and costs at the airport

To enter Cuba you need a visa called "Tourist Card". It is available at the Cuban consulate in Spain or at a specialized agency and is worth 25 EUR.

The 25 CUC airport fee on the departure no longer exists. It's now included in the price of the flight ticket. You don't have to do nothing

Tourism in Cuba: Organized trip or individual tourism

There are two ways to travel to Cuba:

Most people opt for an organized trip. You are staying in a hotel in an isolated area with access to a private beach and the only Cubans you can see is the hotel staff. For someone looking to relax and just want to see the hotel and the beach this is fine but Cuba offers much more.

Traveling individually not only you know the wonderful white sand beaches (what undoubtedly belongs to a Caribbean vacation) but you know a town full of joy and many desires to live with an exotic culture.

Staying in one of the thousands of private houses saves money because they are usually much cheaper (20 - 30 CUC for 2 people) than a hotel.

The Cuban has an open mind, is educated and interested in talking with people from outside to know in this way the world he has never seen since most Cubans have never left Cuba.

Security in Cuba

Cuba is the safest country in all of Latin America. At every hour of the day and night you can walk through the streets without danger. Tourists are the "sacred cows" protected by drastic laws so you can get in without a problem in this exotic world full of surprises and charm.

Season in Cuba

The tourist high season begins in December and lasts until April and coincides with the dry and less hot season in the Caribbean and with the period of bad weather in the homelands of travelers.

Cubans take their vacations in the middle of summer. In July and August the beaches are full and the heat for people from the north is no longer pleasant but becomes a nightmare.

Things to see in Cuba

Cuba has many faces. Of plains, it reaches the height of almost 2000 meters. Viñales Valley invites hiking, the abysses of coral reefs in the Isla de la Juventud attract the diver, Baracoa - the point where Columbus first stepped on the island's land, Havana in the western part and Santiago of Cuba in the east as cultural centers, the historical sites of the revolution such as the Bay of Pigs (Playa Girón) and the almost 4000 kms of coastline with its endless beaches are tourist magnets.